How to open ISO files?

Update: Are you new to ISO? We have more resources that will help you deal with ISO files, click here to read them.

An ISO image is an image of files that can be burnt to a CD. If you’ve just downloaded an ISO file, and be able to open the ISO file and edit its contents, before burning it off on a CD, here’s a quick guide telling you how you can open an ISO file.

First, you should know that there are quite a handful of programs that let you open ISO files, but I’m going to talk only about WinRAR here, because it’s a simple tool and just does the job intended.

    • Get your copy of WinRAR from this page, double click on the setup file and the installation proceeds.

Open ISO files

    • During the setup process, WinRAR will ask you to set file associations, make sure that ISO is checked. Click ‘Done’ in the next window.

Open ISO file using WinRAR

  • Now, navigate to the folder where your ISO file is present. Notice that there’s a WinRAR icon indicating the ISO file.
  • Double click to open the ISO file.
  • WinRAR opens and the contents of the file are displayed.

Here are some more resources that will help you deal with ISO files.

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Shankar Ganesh

A 16 year old Techie, High School Student, Blogger and Part Time Freelance Writer from India. He writes about computers and software at Killer Tech Tips

  • Aijaz Ahmed

    so many thanks, & so simple

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    You can use 7-zip to see inside iso files.
    You can also extract files from an iso using 7-zip.

    7-zip is a must for every computer.

    And it's free…

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  • Rupen

    Hey thank you so much for sharing this. I was looking to open ISO file from last two days and today I found your answer. It really helped me. I appreciate your work. Thanks again.

  • Thank you soooooooo much…

  • Ram

    Thanks for your help……..your article was to the point and very helpful…..WinRAR is a great tool!!!

  • Mac

    Thank you for helping out an 80 + yo to enjoy the contents of a file the I could not poer

  • Mac

    Thank you for helping out an 80 + yo to enjoy the contents of a file that I could not open. Again thank you for your expertise. First note badly typed. Regards Mac

  • hamed


    thank you very much for your very simple and easy guidance.

  • ms

    Hey. i have a question. I tried to extract my ISO file by WinRAR. But it said “The archive is either unknown format or damaged”. What does it mean? I cannot or shouldn’t open this file?

    • @ms – It means that the file you downloaded is corrupted, you might have to re-download it again

  • Stephanie

    Excellent tech tip. I was quick and accurate to the point. The links are on point. Thank you.

  • chinnari

    good guide to open the iso files

  • MIKE007

    Im having trouble opening an .ISO game file. I have purchased NERO 10 PRO especially for this. I downloaded,burned .ISO to a DVD. Installed the game.

    When I run the game and I arrive at the start menu (to play), I keep getting "Insert correct original CD". Its happened with another game also i tried. Obviously there's no cd as its d/loaded. Am I doing something wrong? Please help someone.

  • Rohit

    great man! u r wonderful. Its so easy to open iso files

  • babar

    Thanks dear.Winrar is free.enjoy it.

  • baithak_power

    thank you

  • Sum Ram

    Great info, excellent instructions, so accurate that even non-techies can follow. Thanks a lot mate.. really appreciate it.

  • Justdan

    Thank you for the advice. You really helped out alot.

  • Ger

    I downloaded a program from Utorrent and it is a ISO file, I want to get it to the form of a cd so I can exe. the program and download on my CPU. could you help me to under stand how the utorrant 2.0.4 program works


  • vamshi

    hey man i have downloaded the gta IV and it contains a iso file of 6 gb and iam not able to open it with super NZB, winrar, or 7-zip……………………..please help me

    • @vamshi – The file may be corrupted which is why you are not able to open it.

  • John

    Thank you so much.
    I didn’t know you could extract it using only
    Now I don’t have to go through
    burning it to a disc. thanks.

  • thankfull

    great, thanks!

  • Tyler

    Thanks man i never knew win rar could open .iso files thats a big help to me

  • nitin arya

    isir i am very confused about rar and iso files may you tell me how can i open these files

  • Krishna Daita

    Thank You Guys YoU GuYz hELPED mE a LoT