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.

109 thoughts on “How to open ISO files?”

  1. Just to be clear…..WinRar is not free! You download a trial version which requires a license to be purchased after the trial ends. That’s not free!

    1. @Larry – Even though WinRar is not free, you can continue using it even after the trail. The only thing is that you will see a nagging popup to purchase the software every time you open it.

  2. 7ZIP didn’t even recognize the ISO file I wanted to open. It’s good for RAR files and other files, but…it’s no good for ISO files :( I got rid of a LOT of games because I didn’t know that 7zip couldn’t open them..Thanks for this post! ^^d It helped me a bunch ^^d

  3. downloaded a film drama but it had ISO files and not vod files! how do I use them? they look like this hon01.iso.__b with c d e and such. thanks

  4. hii shankar, I wanna ask you a question about file iso that contain video file. Is there any software that can run the film beside K-lite codec?
    thanks buddy

  5. Hi I downloaded the Hp loadrunner 11 trail version from Hp site. but the file has been ziped format and tt has the .iso extention.Here problem is I am trying to extract this file like right click on the file 7-zip–> Extract here. but it was showing the following error message “Cannot open the file”. What should I do now ?
    Please help me on this.

  6. This is such a smart tip on how to open ISOs.

    A friend recomended me Daemon Tools but it turned out to be a prog I really didn’t like nor understand how to work with.

    And here I can only ask – why use something complex when you can use something easy? The complex became redundant and tedious a.k.a. easy ftw!

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