X ISO Mount: Portable, ISO Disc Image Mounter for Ubuntu Linux

In GNU/Linux for mounting optical disc images such as .iso, .bin etc we can use the command-line interface. But for ease of use, having a GUI tool does help :).

Now there are quite a lot of tools nowadays that you can use. If you’re looking for a tool that’s rich in features, then you can try AcetoneISO. However, there’s this other tool called “X ISO Mount” which is also worth trying.

It is an extremely simple tool and only supports mounting and unmounting “.iso” disc images only. But the benefit of using “X ISO Mount” is that, it is a portable tool. It is a “bin” (executable) file so you can use it as a portable utility in other GNU/Linux computers.

And if you’re planing on running it on your USB drive for instance, then make sure it’s formatted using a GNU/Linux file system because program execution of Windows file systems such as NTFS and FAT 32 under GNU/Linux for security reasons (or you can remount it with program execution enabled).

Features …

*. Simple UI.

*. Add disc images by either using your file manager or by dragging them into the window.

*. Change mount location.

*. If you have installed Thunar and VLC, then “X ISO Mount” lets you launch those programs directly from their window.

*. Umounting (of course :D).

*. Shows an icon in the notification area.

*. It has few other options such as “recent” files etc but right now they actually don’t seem to work.

That’s it.

If interested, you can install X ISO Mount in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal and 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot (might also work in 12.04 Precise Pangolin as well, not sure about the latter Ubuntu versions as it requires Qt and not sure the exact Qt version) by first downloading the executable “bin” file from this X ISO Mount download page.

Make sure to use the latest version from the list and follow the below instructions.

1. Once the downloading completes, locate the file and right click on it and choose “properties” as shown below.

Step 1 …

2. Now from the “properties” window, make sure to put a “check mark” before the option called “allow executing file as program”.

Step 2 …

Now whenever you want to launch the program, just double click on the file, that’s it!.

Remember, it’s a relatively new tool and I had few issues here and there (such as failing to mount a file in the first attempt), nothing biggie :).

As said, it’s a pretty basic tool and only supports the “.iso” disc image format, but who knows, thanks to its portability, it might come handy at times ;-). If you have suggestions etc, then make sure to visit this developer’s blog as well. Good luck.

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