How to Burn an ISO on your Mac

Sep 11, 2009 - 6 Comments

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Burning an ISO in Mac OS X is very easy thanks to the built in Disk Utility application that is included from Apple on every Mac. Being bundled from Apple also has the huge added bonus of being free, and although there are plenty of paid options out there, why buy something new if you don’t need to? With that in mind, here’s how to use Disk Utility to Burn an ISO image on a Mac completely for free.

Before proceeding, it may be helpful to place the ISO image somewhere easy to find so that you can access it quickly with the Disk Utility app. That isn’t necessary though, so as long as you know where it’s stored proceed.

Burn ISO in Mac OS X

This process will be the same on virtually all versions of OS X:

  • Open Disk Utility, it’s located in /Applications/Utilities/
  • Pull down the File menu and select ‘Open Disk Image’
  • Navigate to the ISO image file that you want burned and click “OK”
  • Insert a Blank Disk (CD or DVD, depending on ISO file size)
  • Click ‘Burn’

Simple right? That’s really all it takes. The time it takes to burn depends on how fast the drive is and how large the ISO image is, but it shouldn’t take too long to finish.

This works in Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Lion, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Tiger, and every other version of Mac OS X that I have ever used.

If you have a DMG file, you can burn those too, or you can convert DMG to ISO and burn it afterwards. Disk Utility is a surprisingly powerful app, enjoy.

Updated: 3/13/2012

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, OS X Apps, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Kindour says:

    It’s awesome!

    For quite a long time, I have been using a piece of software called DVD Copy Pro to help me create ISO files on my Mac machine. It also has other powerful DVD copy functions, the detailed of which can be found at:

    • Awesome says:

      Way to SPAM your POS Software. You should also have your scripts updated by somebody over the age of 13 because you obviously have no idea on how to exploit a MAC.

  2. Dolon says:


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  5. Cricket says:

    lol was easy..i wasted hours trying to make a bootable usb stick but this is easy!!

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