fuseiso

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The fuseiso command line program is a simple tool that uses FUSE and helps for a regular user to mount ISO disk images. The fuseiso tool does not create an automatically generated destination by a pattern and is specialized on mounting of the optical disk image formats as .iso, .nrg, .bin, .mdf and .img.

Installation

Install fuseiso from the official repositories.

Basic functions

Mounting an ISO image

The syntax for mounting an image is:

# fuseiso source_imagefile destination_directory

The destination mount point must be writable and have no other mounted files/devices to it.

Run fuseiso -h for all the available options.

Unmounting

To unmount the image, use fusermount -u mountpoint, it works fine even with many other unmount tools like pumount or umount. The fusermount -u command can be used to disconnect any other storage devices that were mounted by other mount tools.

Using with GNOME Files

For users of GNOME there is an easy way of using fuseiso from the nautilus-context menu. First you will need the nautilus-actions package, then you need to save the following scripts to a folder of your choice (eg. /usr/local/bin):

nautilus-actions-iso-mount.sh
 #!/bin/bash
 
 FILE=$(basename "$1")
 MOUNTPOINT="$HOME/Desktop/$FILE"
 
 fuseiso -p "$1" "$MOUNTPOINT"
nautilus-actions-iso-umount.sh
 #!/bin/bash
 
 FILE=$(basename "$1")
 MOUNTPOINT="$HOME/Desktop/$FILE"
 
 fusermount -u "$MOUNTPOINT"

and make them executable:

chmod +x /path_to_scripts/nautilus-actions-iso-*

Now, start nautilus-actions-config (System > Preferences > Nautilus Actions Configuration).

Add a new action with the following settings:

  • Label: Mount ISO
  • Icon: A symbol of your choice (eg: gtk-cdrom)
  • Path: /path_to_scripts/nautilus-actions-iso-mount.sh
  • Parameters: %F
  • Working directory: %d
  • Basenames: *.iso ; *.nrg ; *.bin ; *.img ; *.mdf (for each add a seperated entry)
  • Match case: "must match one of"
  • Mimetypes: */*

With this action you can mount ISO-images to your Desktop. It will create a folder in ~/Desktop with the name of the iso. fuseiso will mount the iso to this folder.

And a second one:

  • Label: Unmount ISO
  • Icon: A symbol of your choice (eg: gtk-cdrom)
  • Path: /path_to_scripts/nautilus-actions-iso-umount.sh
  • Parameters: %F
  • Working directory: %d
  • Basenames: *.iso ; *.nrg ; *.bin ; *.img ; *.mdf (for each add a seperated entry)
  • Match case: "must match one of"
  • Mimetypes: */*

This second action will unmount the mounted iso and remove the folder from the desktop.

Sometimes you have to logout to be able to mount any image of the given types simply by right clicking it in Files and selecting Mount ISO. To unmount it again, just right click the corresponding folder on your desktop and select Unmount ISO.