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How to: Extract files from ISO CD images in Linux

Under many situations you may need to get a single file/many files from Linux ISO image.

You can mount ISO images via the loop device. You need to use mount command. First login as a root user:

Extract File(s) Under Linux OS

Let us assume that your ISO image name is disk1.iso.

Step # 1: First you need to create a directory /mnt/iso

# mkdir /mnt/iso
# mount -o loop disk1.iso /mnt/iso

Step # 3: Extract file

Now you can easily copy file called file.txt from iso disk image to /tmp directory :

# cd /mnt/iso
# cp file.txt /tmp

Step # 4: Copy foo.rpm from ISO disk image:

# cd /mnt/iso/RedHat/RPMS
# cp foo.rpm /tmp 

Extract File(s) Under Windows XP or Vista Os

Windows do not have in built capability as provided by Linux to extract file. Luckly many third party software exist my favorite is Winimage http://www.winimage.com/. Download trial version (I’m sure you will love to registered this tiny utility later):

1) Install Winimage software

2) Just double click on Linux ISO file

3) Select the desired file and hit CTRL + X (or from Image menu select extract)

For more information read man pages:

man cp
man mv
man rpm
man mount
man mkdir
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  • Aniljalela October 25, 2007, 4:06 am

    Hello there,

    some time we can not extract DVD iso using this command such as vista dvd iso. it is never properly extract using this command also we can not properly extract using magiciso or other tool. my point is some iso create using ISO13346 and Linux Kernel 2.4.* not support ISO13346.

    mount -o loop -t iso9660 debian-sid.iso /mnt/isoimage/


    In GUI mount-iso-image-0.9 is best tool for mount iso images

    Linux system administrator

  • alex April 5, 2008, 1:47 am

    teach me how to use linux for networking

  • Naba April 29, 2008, 12:14 pm

    Dear sir,
    I have my Pc install Linux 8 and windows Xp. I have access to windows device. I have write to comment mount d but the erroe “Special device /dev/hda5 does not exist plz. help me.

  • ratsarsed May 18, 2008, 7:23 pm

    I need to extract >4gig of files.
    Copying them one at
    a time is no solution. ? How to
    extract all ?


  • Toby February 19, 2009, 7:02 am

    In Linux just ‘right-click’ > “Extract Here”. There is no need to mount first.

  • Brian April 29, 2011, 4:20 pm

    If you want to extract ISOs via command line, use 7zip.


    7z e -r myiso.iso “/path”

    This negates the need for mounting the iso (requires root access) and can be done without using the GUI for scripting purposes. Since 7zip is available on most platforms, MacOS, Windows, and *NIX are all supported.

  • Steven July 6, 2011, 9:39 am

    > mount -o loop file.iso /users/steven/backup/isodir
    mount: only root can do that

    Is there some other way to show the listing of the iso file?

  • Balaji January 28, 2013, 10:02 am

    hii frnds..

    I need motheboard drivers for my dell inspiron laptop

    can anyone help mee

  • jhogan March 7, 2013, 3:27 pm

    To get Brian’s 7z example to work on my system (Cygwin), I have to do the following:

    7z e my.iso -o/tmp/output-dir

    Consider using x instead of e (see the man page). The man page advises against using the -r flag (without explaining why) – it doesn’t seem to be necessary anyway. The -o flag must have no spaces between it and the argument.

    Despite the flaky UI and documentation, 7z has always worked for me in extracting ISO’s – and I’ve used it a lot.

  • Dharam August 22, 2016, 6:05 pm

    when I am mounting an ISO getting message.

    # sudo mount -o loop /home/rhel-server-6.4-x86_64-dvd_1.iso /mnt/iso/
    mount: you must specify the filesystem type

    need support

    • Vivek Gite August 23, 2016, 3:36 pm


      sudo mount -t iso9660 -o loop /home/rhel-server-6.4-x86_64-dvd_1.iso /mnt/iso/
  • vaibhav yadav January 9, 2017, 6:01 pm

    While using yum repository an error occurs base url is invalid hiw to remove this error ..

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