How to Burn an IMG to a DVD in Ubuntu


Files with the extension .IMG are typically disc images that can be burned to writable CDs or DVDs. Ubuntu natively supports writing other image file formats -- such as ISO and BIN -- to disc by simply right-clicking on the file and selecting "Burn disc image" from the menu. IMG files do not have this option, so a different procedure must be followed in order to transfer IMG data to writable discs. There are two methods: one way uses a Terminal window and another uses a GUI (for those uncomfortable with running command-line tasks).

Using UDFTools and GrowISOFS in a Terminal

  • Open a terminal window by clicking the "Applications" button, clicking "Accessories," and then launching the "Terminal" application.

  • Install UDFTools by typing "sudo apt-get install udftools" (without the quotation marks) and press return.

  • Run GrowISOFS by typing "growisofs --Z /dev/DVD=DVD.img" (without the quotation marks), and replace "/dev/DVD" with the location of your CD/DVD burner (it is usually /dev/DVD on Ubuntu systems, but may be /dev/scd0 or another location, especially if there is more than one optical drive installed on the computer). Also, replace "DVD.img" with the full path to your DVD image file. Press return to burn the IMG to DVD.

Using K3b

  • Open a terminal window by clicking "Applications," clicking "Accessories," and then clicking "Terminal."

  • Install K3b by typing "sudo apt-get install k3b" (without the quotation marks) and press return.

  • Right-click on the IMG file. Select "Open with Other Application..." from the contextual menu.

  • Select "K3b" from the selection list to burn the IMG to a writable DVD.

Tips & Warnings

  • To find the full path to the DVD image file, hover your mouse cursor over the file icon. The full path will display.

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