ImgBurn v2.5.8.0

billon on 25 Jul 2016
  • 3MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 16 Jun 2013
  • Suggested by Ben Laufer

ImgBurn writes most types of image files for CD, DVD, HD DVD, and Blu-ray burning. It supports the latest writers (including booktype/bitsetting on many of the major ones such as BenQ, LiteOn, NEC, Plextor, Sony etc.) You can also ImgBurn to erase/format your rewritable media.

Includes disc testing, verification (that files are exactly the same as those on the disc), and supports 39 world languages.

Reportedly functional on Linux under WINE.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the installer and extract to a temporary folder
  2. Copy or move the contents of $INSTDIR to a folder of your choice
  3. Create an empty text file in this folder and paste the following:

    FILELOCATIONS_GraphDataFiles=.\Graph Data Files\
    FILELOCATIONS_ImageFiles=.\Image Files\
    FILELOCATIONS_LogFiles=.\Log Files\
    FILELOCATIONS_ProjectFiles=.\Project Files\
    FILELOCATIONS_QueueFiles=.\Queue Files\

  4. Rename this text file ImgBurn.ini
  5. Finally, launch ImgBurn.exe
Similar/alternative apps: InfraRecorder
What's new? Added:
  • Holding the ALT key when clicking on DLE window's Disc pane column header will now remove the sort order (so they're then essentially sorted by addition order).
  • Ability to incrementally search the Explorer pane in the 'Disc Layout Editor' window.
  • The effective USB connection speed (1.1, 2.0, 3.0) for USB devices to the initial device scan log entries.
  • Log entry when burning showing the effective layer break position.
  • Log entry when burning that shows the number of discs a Lite-On drive thinks it has burnt.
  • Pioneer drives now list their 'Kernel Version' next to the firmware version.
  • The Windows 7+ taskbar button/progress display now turns red if an I/O error box pops up during a read/write (etc.) operation.
  • The ability to set the 'Platform ID' when building a bootable disc - thus enabling the creation of UEFI bootable discs.
  • Internal version of the 'BurnerMax Payload' code (well, what I could figure out) to allow for overburning DVD+R DL on many MediaTek chipset based drives. In practice, this only seems to work on Lite-On (and clone) drives that have 'Force HyperTuning' enabled.
  • MSF info to the 'Sector Viewer' tool.
  • Allow for larger I/O buffer (1GB).
  • Option to pick the transfer size (32KB -> 512 KB) used when reading / writing files.
  • Option to enable/disable the OS's buffering when writing image files.
  • Ability to make the Explorer pane in the DLE window 'Read Only'.
  • Support for Opus audio compression format.
  • Support for TAK lossless audio compression format (including embedded CUE sheets).
  • Ability to use a '*' wildcard for 'backup list' directory entries in an IBB project file (applies to Advanced input mode).
  • A few keyboard shortcuts to the DLE window. (Ctrl+Shift+C = New Disc (Clear), Ctrl+Shift+D = Add Folder (Directory), Ctrl+Shift+F = Add Files, Ctrl+Shift+N = New Folder).
  • Buffered I/O is now enabled by default for reading/writing files.
  • Update the splashscreen logo.
  • The 'Delete' option/button in the Disc Layout Editor has been renamed to 'Remove' so it matches the one in Standard input mode (and so people aren't put off by the term 'Delete' - thinking it'll actually delete the file on their hard drive).
  • Detect oversized UDF File Entry descriptors and don't attempt to parse them.
  • Restore 'Disc Layout Editor' window's focus when the application becomes active.
  • Workaround for the new 16x LG Blu-ray writers that report the wrong (a truncated) current write speed value in the 'GET PERFORMANCE' response when burning at 16x.
  • Workaround for newer LG drives with the 'Silent Play' feature that seem to ignore attempts to set the read speed via the 'SET STREAMING' command. They get fixed on 1x and won't read any faster!
  • Attempt to block users from trying to write discs their 'combo' drive doesn't support (i.e. a DVD+RW/BD-ROM combo drive trying to burn BD-R).
  • Potential errors were being ignored/lost when setting a 'changeable' layer break position to its current/maximum value. The program now reports them.
  • Tweaked the 'browse for folder/file' dialog code to hopefully stop the OS from throwing up a 'There is no disk in the drive. Please insert a disk into drive X:.' error when the MRU location is a drive that no longer has a disc in it.
  • Reworked some commands that could optionally not use 'Immediate I/O'. Old code could fall back to 'Non-Immediate I/O' and loose the initial error message from the 'Immediate I/O' version of the command.
  • Made an adjustment (potential bug fix) to my drag+drop component's code. It may cut down on crashes / weird things happening as a result of the user having performed a d+d operation.
  • 'Shutdown Computer' checkboxes should have read 'Shut Down Computer'.
  • Recently added 'MID' info to was missing from the disc info text in Read / Verify modes.
  • Cosmetic issue displaying numbers when the user's 'thousands separator' is set to nothing.
  • Displaying wrong firmware subversion on newer LG Blu-ray drives (BH14+).
  • Memory leak when burning Audio CDs that use DirectShow for decoding.
  • Memory leak when burning an Audio CDs where the files are already in the correct format for burning (no decode required).
  • Potential access violation when reading a field in a UDF 'File Set Descriptor'.
  • Old (orphaned) AWS related ini file entries were being left behind - this was perfectly fine, it's just nice to keep the place tidy!
  • DLE Window's Disc Toolbar wasn't being resized for higher DPI systems - meaning the buttons weren't fully visible.
  • When outputting Mode2/Form1/2352 from Build mode, the program didn't take into account any additional data type conversion required for the drive - this could produce a corrupt disc.

67 comments on ImgBurn  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

O 2006-03-25 23:27

If you want you can delet the sound files, only keep the .exe file :)

Jaime Martínez-Figueroa 2006-04-18 10:36

Agree with O, the sound files are unnesesary. This app is really useful ^_-

Spyros (ATH-GR) 2006-09-13 02:19

Instead of Universal Extractor you can use...

Apps-portability rocks!

sc0 2007-01-03 12:34

would anyone care to explain why this app calls microsoft ( -, then google ( - and then yahoo before calling home to check for update ( - Why does it need to check for connectivity in this way?

Ryushi 2007-02-14 03:59

Here is the answer to your suspicious findings:
ImgBurn seams to test for internet connection before testing for updates.
Solution: Uncheck under "settings/events" the "check for program update"-option.
Cya Ryushi

NuLL 2007-03-31 01:11

This looks an awful lot like DvD Decrypter

formicae 2007-04-12 11:55

NuLL: it should look like DVD Decrypter, it's basically the same app (by the same guy) without the DeCSS and Macrovision removal code, as far as I know. baggage.

Phill Rogers 2007-07-26 05:29

I've just done some back-to-back tests of 7 different portable burners & IMHO this is best. Even runs on a Vista WinPE LiveCD & on Wine!

Mosh Mosh 2007-12-08 13:05

I love to use this with the NRG2ISO Program they go Hand in hand.I havent had 1 problem with either one of them and have tested both on 12 different systems not 1 single problem yet. Os I have this installed on are Win XP pro and Home Win 2000 pro Win 2003 server and win 98 SE they work flawlessly.

Mosh Mosh 2007-12-08 13:07

Sorry I shouldnt have said INSTALLED It works from my USB perfectly with said Os'es

Romeo 2008-01-25 08:06

Almost perfect! (what a pity, cannot multi-session cds)

jno 2008-02-15 00:32

Try Small CD Writer ( may be in russian only...)

indy ram 2008-04-03 10:47

April 1 version is a gem indeed
It allows you to burn extracted files from video-ts folder
You don't have to make an ISO
It is more graphic
Better than any burning program
Less likely to make a coaster with verify option
Great improvement indeed

a 2008-09-27 20:53

ImgBurn performed very well for me, and I just love the little jingle after success.

Cheers to the author!

Jim 2008-12-06 00:20


One little question. To launch using ImgBurn.exe /portable, I want to use a shortcut. But Windows shortcuts don't seem to allow me to use relative paths, instead prepending a drive letter - which will change on the next machine I plug my USB stick into...

Any way around this?

Juergen 2008-12-06 09:45

How do I:

Launch using "ImgBurn.exe /portable". ?

'/' is an illegal character in Windows file name

Austin 2008-12-28 18:51

Wont lemme use ISO files, why so?

Manik 2009-01-09 08:55

Create a txt file
In file put everything but "

ImgBurn.exe /portable

Save then rename file to ImgBurn.bat
Now you can double click the.bat file and it will run it for you.

Tala 2009-01-20 19:32

@Manik: Thankyou, I finally got this running.

Juergen 2009-01-28 05:24

Thank you, Manik. That did the trick.
Another question: I read somewhere, but can't find it now, that there is a way to immediately close the DOS window as well.
Would you happen to know?

Whistler 2009-03-14 13:24



START ImgBurn.exe /portable

in your BATch file and that will close the DOS window automatically.

Cheers, Whistler

ZZZ 2009-03-30 02:24

Wrote a folder containing pics using the software and ran the verify function which gave an error. the problem is the PC started acting funny after that giving continuous errors, and the other PC which I tried viewing the pics on also started giving errors?! (to which I had to restore the system to a previous state!!)

Does anybody know if it is a virus related to the image burn S.W.?? If not what could it be??

qualle 2009-04-04 08:06 released on April Fools day...

Hawk 2009-04-18 05:58

New version available

Zina 2009-05-01 10:03

Don't use batch files for portable software, it's lamerville. It's a retarded solution and it only causes trouble. You accidentally start it the wrong way, or you set a file association with the .exe instead of the .bat, and BAM, the thing starts up and installs a whole messload of registry keys.

ImgBurn does not need "/portable", all you have to do is manually add "PortableMode=1" to ImgBurn.ini and it will ALWAYS start up in portable mode.

Don't you guys even CHECK for stuff like that before running lamerville "batch files?"


RegularPortableFreewareUser 2009-10-24 16:08

It worked for me, but seems way too complicated to understand all the settings fully. Also, it had some simple conflicts with other programs due to default file type (extension) usage. Thankfully, the file type usage can be edited in the program. I would love to use this program more if the settings weren't so intimidating. I only like using programs that I fully understand. But if you need something, ImgBurn is pretty likely to be capable is my guess.

guinness 2009-12-30 10:29

@Zina ImgBurn requires the /portable CLI otherwise the LogFiles will be created in the %AppData% directory.

Onesimus Prime 2010-03-16 01:04

I just posted a .bat launcher at that can also handle portable file associations via eXpresso/C.A.F.E./Coffee, if anyone's interested.

Hydaral 2010-03-16 01:50

You don't need the /portable option. Just set all the paths in the ini file to relative. eg:

FILELOCATIONS_LogFiles=.\Log Files\

Onesimus Prime 2010-03-16 06:19

@ guinness - I just looked in my .ini (as per Hydaral's post) and it says FILELOCATIONS_LogFiles=.\Log Files\
Can you verify your post? It'd be nice if, between everyone, we could figure out a 'final' answer for the easiest way to make this portable!

I am Baas 2010-03-17 00:40

I love ImgBurn, but it's become an adware tool now that it has built in links to Uniblue's DriverScanner, RegistryBooster and SpeedupMyPC online scanners.

I am Baas 2010-03-17 00:45

Should it still be in TPFC?

joby_toss 2010-03-17 01:32

It also contain the toolbar installer, but it is easy avoidable by extracting using UniversalExtractor. So I think it should be here. Maybe changing the license type to Adware ...

I am Baas 2010-03-17 02:15

I was refering to the portable (uniextracted) version. The links to the online scanners are under the tools tab (thus not avoidable, unless you reshack the thing).

joby_toss 2010-03-17 03:07

So Adware it is!

Onesimus Prime 2010-03-17 08:52

Hmm, we'll see how the adware 'addition' plays out...

The author's current response to a complaint at -
"OMG, it's the end of the world!
They run the programs if you have them installed, if not they take you to the web page.
That's it, nothing more, nothing less.
The 'scan for outdated drivers' one is actually very valid as we frequently tell people to do that anyway."

I am Baas 2010-03-17 09:31

How about this one @

"Oh ffs, it's a couple of menu options. Just don't click them!"

I don't think he gets it or maybe he does and it's all about $$$ afterall

joby_toss 2010-03-17 12:29

Of course it's all about the money! Who likes to work for free?
While I understand his position, I will think twice before using this one again. Thanks God, we have alternatives! I think I'd rather install CDBurnerXPPro! He chose his way, but I also can choose mine!

I am Baas 2010-03-17 14:56

Good news, ImgBurn is back to the way it used to be... see

I am Baas 2010-03-17 14:57

Forgot the quote "There's a new version of the installer that has the uniblue icons disabled by default and unless they're enabled in the installer, the items in the Tools menu won't appear either."

joby_toss 2010-03-17 18:40

Wtf?! Was he expecting this thing to go unnoticed? Very quick turns! Disturbing...

Azazel 2010-03-18 04:23

Mmm.... duuno if someone is having the "crash issue"...
After the "installation" process (the ini file) imgburn opens and crashes within a second... someone knows why is that?.

I´m gonna keep the old version in the meanwhile :S

infimum 2010-06-15 01:03

The following registry entry is created.


HD Storm 2010-06-17 12:17

How to make ImgBurn Portable:

Download ImgBurn and install to your PC
Copy the C:\Program Files\ImgBurn folder to your Flash Drive
In the ImgBurn folder, create an empty file called ImgBurn.ini
Use ImgBurn.exe to launch the program
Note: You can uninstall ImgBurn from your PC once you have completed these steps.

Nate 2010-07-04 09:40

Does not support multi-session burning. Get something else.

say EFF NO to greyware 2010-07-25 10:02

inflicting malware on users under the guise of "features" is evil

charge money if you want money

if no one is willing to pay move onto another project

[r4] 2010-09-03 05:57

I used this little (oh, not so little anymore :P) gem for quite a time and never let me down. I'd stick to it if I didn't move to Linux -- but in these rare occasions I need to burn something under Windows, that's my first and usually
only option.

I guess those comments by "nfl jerseys" (or jersey) and "preparing for 2012" is simply "spam potty training" and could be simply removed.

freakazoid 2011-01-14 03:57

DiscJuggler support in v2.5.5.0 is cool! Got to test it!

Anti-Lamer 2011-01-29 15:10

Got this portable gem Imgburn to work in win7 x64 ultimate, on a sata to usb adapted bluray burner! It reads, writes, and creates isos like a champ, where other established programs flopped. Absolutely unable to fault it so far! Thanks to portablefreeware dot com and posters here for the great tips as usual.

Beeber 2011-03-11 05:48


Ruby 2011-06-12 18:36

I don't have any of those entries.

ImgBurn might add those on first run if there's no /PORTABLE switch on the command line or if there's no ImgBurn.ini with the following contents:

If those are the only entries in the registry than they are not associated with ImgBurn, if they were you would also have pointers from the actual ext i.e.:
HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.bin > (Default) - ImgBurn.AssocFile.bin

If you have associated any files in the past (maybe inadvertently, in the settings) could also expain these leftover keys.

Try deleting those keys and see if they return.


Magibon 2011-06-13 00:50

@ Ruby

thanks .. i forgot to add the ".ini" file .. lol.

i cleaned up the registry with ~.reg, added the ".ini", and re-checked.
I looked in Settings and saw that ImgBurn was selected by default for a few Autoplay items.. so i unchecked them all..

i still get 1 key:

am i not supposed to touch the settings ?


Ruby 2011-06-13 16:21


You can adjust the settings as much as you like, the PortableMode=1 in the ini 'should' override the settings in the registry tab.

You shouldn't have any ImgBurn.~ keys left in the registry.

I would do either or both of these:
1. Go into 'Settings' and 'Restore Defaults'.
2. Run NirSoft RegScanner, scan for 'ImgBurn', highlight all keys (ImgBurn) and Create Del.reg.


the_watcher 2011-06-13 20:22

i didn't test imgburn, but i think magibon is correct. apps running in xp 'behave' in a different way when running under win7 x64. under xp they may be portable or stealth, but under win7 that is not guaranteed.


Ruby 2011-06-14 03:45


I too am running Win 7 64bit and just scanned my registry and don't have those entries.

Could it be that pfctoc.dll? Are you using it?


infimum 2011-06-14 06:44


Read the FAQ page:
"Certain exceptions are permitted. For example, registry entries that are created/updated by Windows for the application (eg. MRU entries for dialog boxes, DirectX entries for DirectX-based apps), or temp files created in the official "Temp" folders are not taken into consideration."


Magibon 2011-06-14 10:11

@ infimum

yes.. im aware of the FAQ ..
i was concerned with the "Autoplay" key..
the Tracing is part of normal operations but accidentally posted it because it was listed..

@ Ruby

you found the problem!
it was "pfctoc.dll" !
what the heck? .. i can't believe it..
i should have tried it but didn't think it could be the problem..

thanks for everyone's help !


abc 2012-01-13 01:02

Getting admin rights errors:...
E 16:52:28 CreateFile Failed! - Device: '\\?\ide#cdromlite-on_dvdrw_shw-....' (E:)
E 16:52:28 Reason: Access is denied.
W 16:52:28 Errors were encountered when trying to access a drive.
W 16:52:28 This drive will not be visible in the program.
E 16:52:28 You need Administrative privileges to use SPTI.

The error happens on a WinXP SP3 box with a restricted account


rogerthedodger 2015-01-18 04:19

Suggest updating this, firstly when dl file extracted there is no temp, or uniblue folders, made .ini file and copied text to it. placed it into app. It then still placed folders in user/appdata/imgburn. God knows whats in the registry. no way this is stealth, at least not following the instructions.


rogerthedodger 2015-01-18 04:26

Suggest updating this, firstly when dl file extracted there is no temp, or uniblue folders, made .ini file and copied text to it. placed it into app. It then still placed folders in user/appdata/imgburn. God knows whats in the registry. no way this is stealth, at least not following the instructions.


rogerthedodger 2015-01-18 04:29

Just discovered putting the .ini file into the "instdir" folder stops writing to user/appdata


Joe 2015-03-08 18:09

Step 2 under "How to extract" reads "The application files are in the $INSTDIR folder". I don't think that is specific enough because it doesn't cater for people who are less technical. I would suggest you change it to read "Copy or move the contents of $INSTDIR to a folder of your choice".


Checker 2015-03-08 19:09

@ Joe: Changed ;)


Joe 2015-03-13 01:24

@Checker, Thanks. :-)


fang-face 2015-04-15 00:52

"Copy or move the contents of $INSTDIR to a folder of your choice":
I just extracted using uniextract (2. try: 7zip, same result). There is no $INSTDIR, only $PLUGINSDIR, SOUNDS and files imgburn.exe, imgburnpreview.exe, readme.txt.
I suppose this altogether is equivalent to $INSTDIR ? At least it seems to work and afterwards the ini is 18KiB and it created dir "Log Files".


smaragdus 2015-04-15 04:09

I confirm that *fang-face* is right- the extraction of the latest version of ImgBurn ( with Universal Extractor version 1.6.1 or with 7-Zip version 9.20 doesn't create any '$INSTDIR' directory.


alanc 2016-09-25 11:58

"Includes disc testing, verification (that files are exactly the same as those on the disc)"

Re verification: I'm not sure, but I think the program only verifies that the burned content is readable. I don't see the source drive active during this process.

I always verify with WinMerge after burning:


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