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Main articles: "ISO image and "Optical disc image

ISO 9660 file system images ("ISO images) are a common way to electronically transfer the contents of CD-ROMs. They often have the "filename extension .iso (.iso9660 is less common, but also in use) and are commonly referred to as "ISOs".

Operating system support[edit]

Most operating systems support reading of ISO 9660 formatted discs, and most new versions support the extensions such as "Rock Ridge and "Joliet. Operating systems that do not support the extensions usually show the basic (non-extended) features of a plain ISO 9660 disc.

Operating systems that support ISO 9660 and its extensions include the following:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Working Paper for Information Processing: Volume and File Structure of CD-ROM for Information Interchange". Optical Information Systems. 7 (1): 29–49. January 1987. 
  2. ^ "Volume and File Structure of CDROM for Information Interchange". Ecma International. December 1987. 
  3. ^ a b Volume and file structure of CD-ROM for information interchange (corrected ed.). Geneva: International Organisation for Standardization (ISO). 1988-09-01. 
  4. ^ ISO 9660, Amendment 1 (ISO 9660:1988/Amd.1:2013(E))
  5. ^ ISO 9660, section
  6. ^ ISO 9660 section 9.1.4
  7. ^ kern/95222: File sections on ISO9660 {{sic}} level 3 CDs ignored
  8. ^ ISO9660 sections 6.9 and 9.4.4
  9. ^ ECMA-167 - Volume and File Structure for Write-Once and Rewritable Media using Non-Sequential Recording for Information Interchange
  10. ^ Birth Announcement: ISO/IEC 13346 and ISO/IEC 13490
  11. ^ JIS X 0606:1998 / ISO 9660:1999 Draft Specification
  12. ^ "The Virtual GS: Using ISO disk images in Apple II emulators" (PDF). Juiced.GS Volume 9, Issue 2. May 2004. 
  13. ^ "The OpenVMS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)". Hoffman Labs. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 

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