Got a Linux CD you want another copy of, but don’t want to download it again? Got a CD that needs to be in the computer to play your game, but you don’t want to risk scratching the original? Need to make backups to protect against kids? ISOlator is for you. ISOlator takes a CD, DVD, or other mounted volume and makes an ISO out of it. The ISO can then be burned to CD, stored on your backup disk (you DO backup, right?), or put to use however you like. ISOlator uses the Unix command line program ‘dd’ to make the copies, and is very easy to use, just drag and drop!

Way back when in 2005, I wrote this little program. It’s just a thin wrapper around the unmount command and dd, but it has been quite popular. It doesn’t do anything fancy like decrypting encrypted CDs/DVDs, it just copies what it can. If that’s useful for you, great!

Download it here

NOTICE: This program is OLD (but probably still works fine!). Mac OSX is a rapidly changing platform which I am no longer using. I have no way of testing or supporting this software!


UPDATE/NOTICE (September 2011):

  1. ISOlator does not work with OSX Lion due to changes in Applescript. It is NOT a PowerPC / binary issue. It is related to these bugs in other programs.
  2. The fixes would probably be trivial. The script inside the bundle is not encrypted
  3. I don’t have a Mac these days, so there will be no update to ISOlator
  1. If someone else does update/fix it, I’d be happy to host it or link to their site
  2. If someone buys me a Mac with Lion on it, I’d be happy to update ISOlator



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11 Responses to ISOlator

  1. Ben says:


    I think that the DMG file of your app isn’t mountable on snow leopard…
    Am I the only one who can’t open it?

    Thank you

    • stuporglue says:

      It’s the first I’ve heard of it, but that may be the case. As mentioned in the post above, I’m not keeping up with OSX anymore.

      If someone wants to donate an up to date Mac, I’d be happy to revive this project and others, but if I’m buying my own computers I’m going to keep using Linux since that’s what I enjoy the most.

      • Richard says:

        I used ISOlator version 2.0 (1.0) to create an ISO image of Windows Server disk on Snow Leopard (10.6.4) and had no problems. I had no problems mounting, installing, or using ISOlater. Thanks for creating ISOlater — I needed a quick solution and ISOlater was perfect.

      • stuporglue says:

        I’m happy to hear it was helpful!

      • misercast says:

        Using 10.6.6, worked perfectly!
        Buy a new mac!!! Your tiny piece of software was incredible helpful (helping to create a linux disk image) . We here are all hardcore linux users, but ON SERVERS… We are too lazy to leave the confort zone of our shiny workstations…

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  3. Hackenstein says:

    Hi m8, this app was great. But now with Lion it won’t run because it’s PowerPC architecture.
    Do you want to share the code? I would build an Lion version from it with pleasure!
    all my best.

    • stuporglue says:

      The code is just AppleScript so I suspect it’s more than just the architecture that’s the problem. To see the code, you should be able to right click the app find it inside.

      If you do make a version that works on Lion, let me know and I’ll post a link to it.

      • WillianBR says:

        You said you were a script.

        I had the same problem with SpecTCL.
        But in the case of Tcl, I changed the binary in .APP package by a version of my native MacOSX.

        The ISOlator binary file in the package corresponds to which program MacOSX?

        Maybe change the binary solve the problem.

  4. WillianBR says:

    It’s good, but it doesn’t work on Mac OS X Lion.
    It is a Power PC binary code.

    There is a version to Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion)?

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