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How to Extract and Copy Files from ISO Image in Linux?
  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 20 Apr, 2021

The term ISO was derived from the ISO 9660 file system, which is commonly used by optical media. An ISO image is a full copy of everything contained on a physical optical disc, such as a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc, including the file system. There is no compression and they are a sector-by-sector copy of the disc. ISO images are designed to allow you to save an exact digital copy of a disc and then use that image to burn a new disc that is an exact copy of the original. Most operating systems (and many utilities) allow you to install an ISO image as a virtual disc, which means that all of your apps can treat it as if it were a real optical disc.

In certain cases, you can need to extract a single file or multiple files from an ISO image. Here we are going to see how to extract and Copy Files from ISO Image in Linux

Extracting ISO Image:

The loop system can be used to mount ISO files. The mount command is needed. First, make a directory using the mkdir command:

$ mkdir /mnt/iso
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Making directory

Now mount the iso image in a newly created directory using the below command:

$ mount -o loop isofilename.iso /mnt/iso
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Mount iso to the directory

Change the directory to /mnt/iso:



Change directory

You can verify the content of iso using the ls command:

$ ls
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Verifying content

You can now copy files to the /tmp directory easily:

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Copying files

Extracting ISO file using 7zip:

7-Zip is a free and open-source file archive, a program that compresses files and stores them in compact containers called “archives.”

First, install 7zip using the below command:

$ sudo apt-get install p7zip-full
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Installing 7zip

Now you can extract the iso file using the below command:

$ sudo 7z x ubuntu-20.04.2.0-desktop-amd64.iso
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Extracting iso file

Now you can copy files from extracted iso using the above steps.

Extract using GNOME manager:

You can also extract the archive using inbuilt GNOME manager just follow the below steps:

First, find your iso file where it is located:

Extract and Copy Files from ISO Image in Linux

Locate your file

Then right-click on it, and you will see the options menu:

Extract and Copy Files from ISO Image in Linux

Right-click on it

Now click on the extract here option in the options menu:

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Extract file

Now you should see extracting pop-up wait till it finishes:

Wait till it finishes

After successful extract you can see your file by clicking show files:

You can view your files by clicking show files

Now you can copy any file you want by clicking right-click:

Copy files

In this article, we show you how to extract ISO files using 3 different easiest methods. That said, we appreciate your sticking with us to the end, and we hope the guide was as useful as we hoped.

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