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ImgBurn screenshot
Developer(s) Lightning UK!
Stable release / 16 June 2013; 2 years ago (2013-06-16)[1]
Written in C++
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Wine officially supported[2]
Available in Multilingual
Type CD/DVD authoring
License Adware

ImgBurn is an adware program that allows the recording of many types of CD, DVD and Blu-Ray images to recordable media (.cue files are supported as of version[3] Starting with version, ImgBurn can also burn files and data directly to CD/DVD. It is written in C++. It supports padding DVD-Video files so the layer break occurs on a proper cell boundary (where possible). Prior to version, the program was freeware. From version to, adware was included in the installer.[4] This was replaced in version with OpenCandy adware.[5][6]


ImgBurn is an optical disc authoring software created by Lightning UK, the author of DVD Decrypter, after he was forced to stop development of DVD Decrypter in response to a cease and desist order from Macrovision.[7]

ImgBurn is based on the optical disc burning engine of DVD Decrypter. However, it does not have the ability to circumvent copy protections of encrypted DVDs. As of version, ImgBurn can create image files from unencrypted CDs/DVDs. It cannot, however, remove Content Scramble System (CSS) encryption or any other copy protection. It is possible to use third-party software such as DVD43, an intermediate driver that operates between the hardware and software, for such purpose.


  • Supported formats: BIN, CUE, DI (Atari Disk Image), DVD, GI, IMG, ISO, MDS, NRG, PDI and more.
  • Ability to build DVD Video discs (from a VIDEO_TS folder), HD DVD Video discs (from a HVDVD_TS folder) and Blu-ray Video discs (from a BDAV / BDMV folder).
  • Full unicode folder/file name support.
  • Supported environments: Windows 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7 and 2008 R2 (including all the 64-bit versions). It also officially supports Wine.
  • Image queue provides support for burning several images with minimum interaction.
  • ImgBurn is relatively lightweight (compared to similar programs); under 1.8MB for all installed features.


  • Does not support RAW disc ripping or burning[8]
  • Does not support multi-session discs[9][clarification needed]
  • Cannot write CD subchannel data[8]
  • Cannot copy discs directly, without first creating an image file[10]
  • Cannot burn to multiple drives simultaneously[citation needed]

Hardware interface support[edit]

ImgBurn supports many low level drive access interfaces. This allows it to operate on almost all Windows platforms. ImgBurn can use any of the following interfaces:

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