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

  • thnx..for guiding

  • why I cant see the iso file when I extracted using winrar. its a psp game ,. when extracted its supposed to be there, why I see a bunch of folder containing the image of the game.umd data, ETC? can you help me?

  • 7-zip worked on this :)

  • siva

    hey excellent..thank u

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  • Thanks a lot, I appreciate it!

  • Anand

    Thanks ! It did my job and saved from installing another tool.

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  • nver thought it would be so easy.. :) thanks a ton :)

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  • AKA

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  • tyikk

    ya u;hv clearly described it

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  • Eddie

    Thanks, very insightful. I already used WinRAR! BTW, he’s not 16 any more. This article was from 2007, that means he’s 21 now..

  • Poweruas

    Thanks dude, I’m using WinZip and it worked :)))

  • h3x96

    thank you very much…it’s good

  • sunil

    I can open it with 7zip___thanks

  • darky

    thank you helpful it was..

  • Thanks Shankar for this wonderful post. I can now open my downloaded ISO file. Keep it up.

  • Irina

    Thank you very much! I’ve used the option “Mount ISO files as an virtual CD”. Worked as described by you. I cannot do not express my appreciation to you: very usefull article. Thank you again.

  • gnc

    i can open, but cant change the folder name which is in it

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