What is a .ISO File And How To Open It – International Organization for Standardization (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .iso extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .iso file extension and how to open it.

What is a .ISO file?

The .ISO file extension stands for Disc Image File. This file extension belongs to the developer International Organization for Standardization. This disk image file is in binary format.

What to know

There are currently 14 software that can open the .iso file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .ISO file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .ISO file on various operating systems.

How to open a .ISO file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .iso file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Sysprogs WinCDEmu software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Microsoft File Explorer, Corel WinZip, ISO Master, PowerISO, DT Soft Daemon Tools, NeoSmart Technologies EasyBCD, 7-Zip, VideoLAN VLC media player, RARLAB WinRAR and Sysprogs WinCDEmu.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .ISO file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Sysprogs WinCDEmu software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .ISO file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .iso file on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the VideoLAN VLC media player software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use Apple Disk Utility and VideoLAN VLC media player software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .ISO file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the VideoLAN VLC media player software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .ISO file on Linux

To open the .iso file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the K3b software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. You can also use VideoLAN VLC media player, ISO Master, Brasero and K3b software.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .ISO file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the K3b software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .ISO file on Android

The .iso file can be opened on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .ISO file in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

While trying to open the file, it won’t work.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Limbo PC Emulator software and install it. The other software that opens the .iso file on Android is Limbo PC Emulator. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .ISO file?

If you cannot open the .ISO file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .ISO file.iso – PTC. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .ISO file with the Sysprogs WinCDEmu, Microsoft File Explorer, Corel WinZip, ISO Master, PowerISO, DT Soft Daemon Tools, NeoSmart Technologies EasyBCD, 7-Zip, VideoLAN VLC media player, RARLAB WinRAR programs on Windows, VideoLAN VLC media player, Apple Disk Utility programs on Mac, K3b, VideoLAN VLC media player, ISO Master, Brasero software on Linux and Limbo PC Emulator software on Android.