If you’re a Mac user and need to mount an ISO image, then you’re in luck. This is very easy to do, and can usually be carried out in a matter of seconds. For those of you who don’t know, an ISO image is a virtual copy of an optical CD/DVD. Mounting an ISO files means to access its contents as if it were recorded on a physical medium and inserted in the optical drive.
Most ISO images can be mounted, by simply double-clicking on the image file. This will cause the ISO image file to go through the auto-mounter application in Mac OS X, which will put it on your desktop.
If for some reason this method isn’t working for you, there’s no need to worry, as you can mount ISO’s using Disk Utility, or the command line, if you’re an advanced user. In order to get started and learn how to mount an ISO in Mac, follow the instructions below.
Use Disk Utility to Mount an ISO
Disk Utility is built in on your Mac, and is fairly simple to use. In order to mount an ISO image, using Disk Utility, follow the instructions below.
1. Launch Disk Utility. You can find Disk Utility, in the /Applications/Utilities directory.
2. Using the menu bar on the top, click on File.
3. From the drop-down menu that appears, click on Open Disk Image.
4. Select the ISO image of your choice.
5. The ISO image should now be mounted on your Mac OS Desktop.
Feel free to burn the ISO, if you prefer, or you may simply use it as a mounted disk image. If you wish to eject the ISO, select the mounted image, and drag it to the Trash. You can also press command + E, when the ISO image is selected in Finder.
The method above will, believe it or not, also work for other disk image files, such as dmg, img, etc.
Use Command Line to Mount ISO on Mac
If you’re an advanced user, you may prefer to use command line in order to mount your ISO image. Though command line is for advanced users, this method is very easy to carry out. Nonetheless, if you’re not familiar with command line, you should probably avoid using this method, as working with command line is very sensitive, and you may inadvertently move around files in your system, or even delete all the data you’ve stored.
If you’re an advanced user, and have a firm grasp of command line, feel free to use the method below. In order to get started and mount an ISO image in Mac, follow the instructions below.
1. Launch Terminal.
2. Type the following command: hdiutil mount sample.iso. Note: Please be aware that sample.iso refers to the path to the image you would like to mount.
You can use the hdiutil command to mount practically any other disk image type, whether that be .dmg, .img, etc.