3 Ways to Extract and Copy Files from ISO Image in Linux

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9 Responses

  1. Taylor Braun-Jones says:

    7z has a bug that truncates file names longer than 64 characters: https://sourceforge.net/p/sevenzip/bugs/1055/

    But `cmake -E tar` is based in libarchive so it gets the job done nicely.

    For example:

    # cmake -E tar xf CentOS.iso
  2. ISO_Brater says:

    I had problems to extract files with isoinfo.


    # isoinfo -i myiso.iso -R -x /SOME_FILE_IN_ROOT_OF_ISO

    Important was -R and the leading / for the path.

  3. umbrellafan says:

    Thanks – used this today and it worked first time.

  4. richud says:

    Best of all is probably BSD’s tar [uses libarchive]

    $ sudo apt install bsdtar
    $ bsdtar -xf youriso.iso -C targetfolder/

    For example, extracting an Ubuntu ISO, 7x extracts a [BOOT] folder, but omits the ubuntu -> ./ link
    bsdtar ok with link but no [BOOT] folder.

    neither seem to inherit permissions properly especially when using sticky bit.

  5. Mak1001 says:

    dd if=file.iso of=/dev/sdX

  6. Hervé Jégou says:

    Thank you. Useful and easy. I must say my first reaction was to put the ISO on a pc ;-)

  7. Daniel Vogel says:

    @Bill: If you have a linux server you usually have no Window Manager installed. Ergo: Everything goes through commands. That’s why you have to do this “complicated” way.

  8. Bill Turner says:

    Whats wrong with “Gnome Archive Manager” – I’m using Mint 18 – or one of the equivalents for other distros. Works very well and a lot less complicated than any of the above. I haven’t tried it but presume one could add files as well. Will give that a go some time and let you know.

  9. Martins Almeida says:

    Thank you for your article about managing and extractions iso files. However, most of the time that we have to deal with iso files, is to write them to a CD/DVD or to a pen drive, in order to use them to perform a subsequent software installation.

    It would be interesting to know similar Linux alternatives to the commonly used windows ImgBurn software.

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