Command-line Based Easy to use CD/DVD Burning Tool for Ubuntu Linux – cdw

If you’re a bit frustrated with Brasero at the moment and looking for an alternative tool and willing to spend few bucks then the proprietary Nero for GNU/Linux is one of the best professional apps in my experience.

But let’s say that you have a old computer and looking for a command-line based lightweight utility then this  other one called “cdw” is well worth the try. Not just dudes with old computers, because of its versatile features, it’s as good as most other GUI tools too, except being a command-line tool, adding individual files can be a bit hectic. Other than that, it’s pretty great.

Main features …

*. Supports burning CDs and DVDs.

*. Erase CD-RW and DVD-RWs.

*. Write or create disk images.

*. Supports creating boot-able disk images.

*. Change the CD/DVD label (of course).

*. Change write speed or let it choose it automatically.

*. Supports ISO 9660 (version 1, 2 and 3).

*. File checksum verifications (md5sum, sha1sum, sha224sum, sha256sum, sha384sum, sha512sum).

*. Manually change “Burnproof”, “Pad size” (for the advanced users) and many other tweaks.

*. Ripping Audio CDs into Raw format.

*. Extremely easy to use wizard interface. Even if you’re a newbie I humbly suggest that you at least try it once ;-).

*. Read disks and fetch information.

*. Dummy burning (a way of verifying whether the media in the drive is burn-able).

*. A log output window.

*. DVD-RAM or Blu-Ray disks are not yet supported.

If interested you can install “cdw” in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by entering the below command in your Terminal window.

sudo apt-get install cdw

Simple usage tips …

You can use the arrow keys on your Keyboard for navigation and “Space” key for selecting files. If you want add multiple files to the burning window, select the file or the folder using arrow keys and press the “Space” key. Repeat the process for multiple selections.

Once done, simply press the “Esc” key, it should bring you to the main window and to your right you should see added files. The rest is pretty darn easy from then :).

If you want to delete files from the list …

Simply click on “Delete files” from your left section in the main window. This should take you to where the file list is located. Then choose your preferred file and press the “Del” button on your Keyboard to delete it.

When done press the “Esc” key.

About changing the CD/DVD labels …

If you want to change the volume label then from the burning window that lets you choose things like burning speed, navigate to its bottom and locate “Configuration”. Once selected press the “Enter” key and under “Volume ID label” you can enter your CD label.

Update: As you can see in the picture you can actually make “cdw” to ask you for the volume label everything time by adding a “cross mark” (use the “Space” key) under “Ask for Volume ID” option …

Few minutes ago using cdw I successfully burned a bit of a troublesome DVD-R where in an older version Nero (in Windows) refused to burn!. The burning speeds were fluctuating a bit (again because of the low quality of the DVD media) but because of the powerful command-line tools that “cdw” uses, it burned the heck out of it nonetheless ;-).

Thumbs up for this awesome tool!.

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