‘CDEmu’ is an Optical Disc Drive Emulator for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

‘CDEmu’ is an optical disc drive (CD & DVD) emulator for GNU/Linux. The main application is based on the command-line but there exists a GUI (‘gCDEmu‘), and under Ubuntu’s Unity desktop shell, the access to the GUI is provided through its own application indicator.

It has the ability to mount lots of popular disc image formats (.iso, Alcohol 120% .mdx/.mds, PowerISO .daa, Apple’s .img, Nero’s .nrg format & more), supports adding/removing multiple virtual optical devices (including changing the Vendor ID, Product ID …), built-in event notifications (can be disabled) and supports ‘DPM’, ‘Transfer rate’ & ‘Bad sector’ emulation (disabled by default) as well.

It can be installed on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 13.10, 13.04 & 12.10 through its PPA, though only Ubuntu 14.04 LTS users are provided with the latest version.

'gCDEmu' (ver. 2.1.1) running on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

If interested, open your Terminal window and enter the below commands for installing it.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:cdemu/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gcdemu

Once finished installing, search for ‘gcdemu’ on Dash for opening it. Visit this page for obtaining packages for few other GNU/Linux distributions.

7 thoughts on “‘CDEmu’ is an Optical Disc Drive Emulator for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

  1. OK Gayan, so what do we use this for when most computers have a real CDRom? I’m a bit puzzled why I need an emulator, but maybe I’m dumb 😉

  2. Hi Gayan,

    I started using AntiX cos it’s lean and mean and good for old machines. Then the old machine blew up but I kept AntiX on the new machine because anything else now seems slow 😉

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