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== Burning == <!ex CD burning>

The burning process of optical disc drives consists of creating an image (ISO 9660,TOC/CUE/BIN) and write it to disk. For this purpose, there are several tools that can create images and burn them.

=== Install burning utilities === <! ex Install programs for ISO 9660 and burning of CD, DVD, or BD>

You need at least one program for creation of image filesystems and one program that is able to burn data onto your desired media type.

Available programs for image creation are:

  • genisoimage from package cdrkit
  • isomaster from package isomaster (with gtk2 GUI)
  • mkisofs from package cdrtools
  • xorriso and xorrisofs from package libisoburn
  • cdrao from cdrdao for TOC/BIN/CUE image

The traditional choice is genisoimage for ISO 9660 and cdrao for TOC/BIN/CUE

Available programs for burning are:

  • cdrdao from package cdrdao (CD only, .cue files only)
  • cdrecord from package cdrtools
  • cdrskin from package libburn
  • growisofs from package dvd+rw-tools (DVD and BD only)
  • wodim from package cdrkit (CD only, DVD deprecated)
  • xorriso and xorrecord from package libisoburn (no audio CD)

The traditional choices are wodim for CD and growisofs for DVD and Blu-ray Disk. For growisofs and BD-R see the bug workaround below. For writing cue/bin files to CD, install the cdrdao package.

The free GUI programs for CD, DVD, and BD burning depend on at least one of the above packages.

The programs genisoimage, mkisofs, and xorrisofs all three support the genisoimage options which are shown in this document.

The programs cdrecord, cdrskin, and wodim all three support the shown wodim options. Program xorrecord supports those which do not deal with audio CD.


The installed files of packages cdrkit and cdrtools are in conflict. If you want to install cdrtools, make sure that you build a package using makepkg and install with pacman. Pacman wrappers may resolve to cdrkit instead.