ISO File Type

- The quick facts

What are ISO files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening an ISO file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is an ISO file?

ISO files have multiple uses, and CD/DVD disk image is one of them.

CD/DVD disk image

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

We have identified 7 ISO openers that are compatible with this specific type of ISO file.

Programs that open CD/DVD disk image files

BitZipperBitZipperVerified
WinZipWinZipVerified
WinRARWinRARVerified
CDBurnerXPCDBurnerXPVerified
IsoBusterIsoBusterVerified
7-Zip7-ZipVerified
Any Video ConverterAny Video ConverterVerified

Last updated: March 26, 2022

All known 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. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

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

We have identified one ISO opener that is compatible with this specific type of ISO file.