Don’t know how to work with ISO files? Here is a step-by-step guide on mounting and unmounting ISO image files in Linux.
On Linux machines, mounting ISO images can seem complex to beginners. Because Linux is a terminal-oriented operating system, mounting and unmounting ISO files requires special tools and commands.
An ISO file is an electronic copy of the contents of the DVD or CD, instead of a hard copy. Manufacturers use ISO files to save on shipping costs and hidden costs associated with delivering CDs and DVDs.
You can mount and unmount ISO images on Linux using both command line and graphical methods. Here are the steps to mount ISO images on Linux.
But first, make sure you log in as the root user. You can also use sudo to run commands as superuser.
1. Using the Linux command line
If you are using a Linux-based operating system, no additional software is required for mounting ISO files. Most Linux distributions come with the mount utility which provides commands for mounting and unmounting an ISO.
How to mount ISO files using Terminal
The mount command allows users to extract or attach ISO image files to a specific directory. Here is how to mount ISO files using the Linux command line:
Launch terminal and create a mount point using the mkdir command:
sudo mkdir / media / iso
Now attach the mount point to the ISO file using the mount command. Make sure to replace /ISOPath/Filename.iso with the location of your ISO file. sudo mount /ISOPath/Filename.iso / media / iso -o loop
For example, if your file path is / home / test and the ISO file name is Random.iso, then the command will be:
sudo mount /home/test/Random.iso / media / iso -o loop
Once you have mounted the ISO file, go to the / media / iso directory using the file manager or terminal. The files will be read-only by default, so you won’t be able to edit them. To list the contents of the ISO file, use the ls command.
ls / media / iso
How to unmount ISO files using Terminal
Similar to the mount command, the meta unmount command unmounts the ISO file. Before unmounting the contents of the ISO file, you should know where you mounted the files in the first place. To unmount the file, you must enter the following command:
sudo unmount / MountLocation
You must replace MountLocation in the aforementioned command with the file mount location specified when mounting the file. In this case, it was in / media / iso. Specify the path in the command to unmount the ISO image.
sudo unmount / media / iso
This command will unmount the ISO image file on any Linux distribution. As a result, the contents of the ISO image will be completely dismantled. 2. Assemble and disassemble an ISO graphically
Some Linux distributions come with a file manager and archive manager out of the box. If you are not comfortable with the Linux command line interface, you might prefer this method.
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