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Listed on this page are free software that allow you to burn to or master (ie, write) CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R and DVD+RW discs. Depending on the feature set of the software, the CD or DVD burner (writer) may support the creation of data CDs, VCDs, audio CDs, bootable CDs, video DVDs, data DVDs, etc. Some burners may support the burning of a CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW from ISO images (and possibly other types of images) as well. While some operating systems allow you to create CDs and DVDs out-of-the-box, these programs often make it easier for you to perform more advanced tasks, including creating multiple sessions, erasing rewriteables, etc.
If you prefer commercial CD/DVD Burning or mastering software, you might want to look at Roxio Creator or Nero Burning ROM instead.
On the other hand, if you were looking for a DVD authoring program to help you create a DVD movie disk from your video files or DV camera, you may want to check out the Free DVD Authoring and Creation Software page for specialized programs for such tasks.

Free CD and DVD Burners, Mastering and Copying Programs

Final Burner Free Final Burner allows you to burn data CD/DVD, audio CD, video DVD, burn ISO images and rip audio files from a music CD. Supported formats include CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD DL, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray. You can create audio CDs from *.wav, *.ogg, *.mid (ie midi files), *.wma, *.aac, *.mp4, *.m4a, *.xm, *.mod, *.s3m, *.it, *.mtm, *.mo3 audio files. To create your video DVD, you can import video from AVI, DivX, XviD, MP4, MPG (MPEG), WMV, ASF, MOV, etc. You can also capture your video from a webcam, a TV tuner, DV, etc. The commercial version of this tool (the Pro variety) also allows you to burn VideoCDs (VCD) and create audio CDs from mp3 files. (Note: you will have to scroll down the page to locate this program. There are numerous other applications, both free and commercial, listed on the same page.)

AmoK CD/DVD Burning AmoK CD/DVD Burning lets you create multisession CD/DVDs, burn your media from ISO, CUE, BIN and NRG (with the help of an additional plugin) files, create audio CDs directly from WAV, MP3, WMA, WMV, and Ogg Vorbis (requires additional plugin) files, create movie DVDs and VCDs (with plugin), etc. It works with CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD+DL (dual layer) media, and IDE, SCSI, USB and Firewire CD or DVD writers. The software is portable and may even be run from a USB flash drive. This is a Windows program.

StarBurn CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD Recording and Mastering Application StarBurn lets you burn and master CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and HD-DVD. Supported formats include CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, BD-R/RE, HD-DVD-R/RW and DVD-RAM. You can also create DVD-Video content from custom video files. It includes a DVD Splitting Wizard that is able to split DVD-Video discs into smaller parts for burning to separate disks, allowing you to create copies of dual layer 8.5 GB DVDs (DVD9) if you don't have a writable dual layer disc. Other features include the ability to rip audio CDs into WMA and WAV files as well as to burn such files to create an audio CD. It supports TAO (Track At Once) and DAO (Disc At Once) (RAW) recording modes. It also supports the creation of bootable (El-Torito) CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD discs. This is a Windows program. WARNING: you may not not want to accept the default installation options since by default it attempts to install a toolbar into your web browser and change your browser home page. At the time I researched this, you can prevent it by selecting the custom installation and unchecking the "SkyMediaPack" option. (If this changes, just drop me a note to let me know.)

ImgBurn ImgBurn writes a variety of DVD and CD images (including ISO images) to your CD / DVD writer, and is able to handle things like booktype and bitsetting. It is also able to burn DVD Video double layer images using the layer break you specify in the IFO file (or it can calcuate the layer break for you if you wish). The program is also able to erase and format rewritable media. Other features include the ability to create your own ISOs, with support for the various ISO levels, Joliet support, UDF, bootable CDs and DVDs, etc, from files and folders on your disk. In other words, you can basically use this program as a CD/DVD mastering program.

K3b - The CD Creator K3b is a Linux CD/DVD writing software that allows you to burn DVD-R(W), DVD+R(W), CD-R, CD-RW, VCD 1.1, VCD 2.0, SVCD, audio CD, mixed-mode CD (with CD-Extra, CD-Plus, Enhanced Audio CD support), eMovix CD, eMovix DVD, etc. It is able to create bootable CDs and even supports multiple El-Torito boot images (that is a bootable CD that can boot multiple images or OSes). It can convert from MP3, FLAC, Ogg Vorbis and WAV files to create an audio CD. It also has CD-TEXT support (it automatically fills in tags in audio files). It has multisession support, is able to copy CDs and DVDs, rip CDs, write ISO images to CD/DVD, etc.
Express Burn
Express Burn creates audio and data CDs. It supports the creation of audio CDs from wav, mp3, wma, au, aiff, ra, ogg, flac, aac and other file formats. This is a Windows program.
Burrrn allows you to create audio CDs with CD-Text from your audio files on your hard disk. It supports wav, mp3, ogg, aac, mp4, ape, flac, ofr, wv, tta, m3u playlists, pls playlists and fpl playlists and cue sheets. It can read tags from these files. This is a Windows program.

Burnatonce Burnatonce is a free CD mastering software that allows you to create data and audio disks. It can also handle DVD discs if you install a free but time-limited third-party software. The software supports multisession burning, bootable discs, ISO9660:1999, UDF, Joliet, East Asian characters (CJK), USB and Firewire drives, ISO, CUE and TOC images, converts MP3, MP2, WAV, Ogg and Flac files to audio CDs, supports ID3v1.1, ID3v2, Vorbis and APE tags, allows you to set the silence, pregap and postgap between audio tracks, etc. This is a Windows program. (Note: development appears to have stopped for this software, and its main site is now gone.)

CDBurnerXP Pro CDBurnerXP Pro is a free CD/DVD burner that is able to write CD-R, CD-RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW discs, creating either data or video discs. It can also create audio-CDs, rip audio-CDs, burn and create ISO images, convert WAV files to MP3 and vice versa, verify discs after burning, create bootable discs, print covers for your creation, convert BIN/NRG to ISO, etc. It supports Burn on the Fly and Burn-Proof hardware. It apparently works with most IDE, USB, Firewire and SCSI drives (or so the site says). This program requires the .NET framework to run. Supported systems include Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP and Vista.

DeepBurner Free Version DeepBurner Free allows you to burn data CDs and DVDs, audio CDs, build and burn ISO images and create bootable CDs and DVDs. It does not support the copying of CDs and DVDs though. This is a Windows program. This software is for personal use only; business and educational use is not allowed.

Easy Burning (Windows) and EasyBurn Linux Easy Burning (Windows) provides a pretty face to CDRTools (included in the package). It works on Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP. It is integrated into the Windows shell. Among its features is the ability to write CDs and DVDs in the UDF format, along with the usual support for creating multisession data discs. EasyBurn Linux runs on Linux and allows you to burn a folder to a CD using its GUI.

ISO Recorder Power Toy ISO Recorder Power Toy is an add-on for Windows XPs, which comes with rudimentary CD burning facilities out of the box. ISO Recorder adds the ability to copy CDs and create ISO images from your existing CDs. Note that you cannot use this tool to directly create a music CD or a movie DVD from audio or video files. At the time this was written, this tool is only meant for creating ISO files and burning them
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