ISO File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an ISO file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .ISO files.

What is an ISO file?

An .ISO file is a CD/DVD disk image file. ISO files are usually CD or DVD images based on the ISO-9660 standard. The International Organization for Standardization published this standard, and it is the accepted standard disc image format.

ISO files contain duplicates of data that have been created from an original computer disc. These files are commonly used when duplicating or creating backup copies of CDs and DVDs.

The .iso file extension is also used by InstallShield software. This software is used to create installers for a variety of software packages. This installer's ISO files contain images of the program being installed on a user's computer.

How to open ISO files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension ISO for different purposes. We have identified 7 ISO openers for Windows that is compatible with this specific type of ISO file.

Programs that open these files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
WinZipWinZipVerified
WinRARWinRARVerified
CDBurnerXPCDBurnerXPVerified
IsoBusterIsoBusterVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterVerified
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Other file formats using extension .ISO

While CD/DVD disk image is a popular type of ISO-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .ISO extension.

The ISO file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different apps may use the same file extension for different types of data. So an ISO opener may not be able to open all kinds of ISO files. In this case, look through both formats to make sure you find the best suited ISO viewer.

IsoDraw Document

This type of ISO file contains an IsoDraw project. IsoDraw is a software program used for creating technical illustrations and animations in 2D or 3D.

ISO opener for Windows 10

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