|Developer(s)||The CDemu project|
|Stable release||3.0.3 / November 9, 2014|
|Written in||C and Python|
|Available in||7 languages|
|Type||Disc image emulator|
CDEmu consists of:
- a kernel module implementing a virtual SCSI host bus adapter,
- libmirage which is a software library for interpreting optical disc images,
- a daemon which emulates the functionality of a SCSI optical drive+disc,
- textmode and GTK clients for controlling the emulator.
Optical media emulated by CDemu can be mounted within Linux. Automounting is also allowed.
The files for the current version can be found at the project's website.
CDemu was originally designed by a group of friends (Robert Penz and Justus Schwartz) as a patch for MPlayer that allowed mounting .CUE/.BIN files. After the patch was completed, they realized the simplicity, and wrote a module for the kernel.
Originally, CDemu was named Virtual CD, but this name had been previously trademarked, and the owners of the trademark requested that they not use the name.
As of June, 2007, development on CDemu 0.8 ceased and a rewrite was developed instead. Most of this work was done by Rok Mandeljc. This new version of CDEmu took another approach to the emulation by doing as much as possible in userspace. As of June 2008 it is considered to be mostly stable.
As of version 2.0.0 CDEmu supports the following image formats:
- .mds and .mdx format
- .dmg and .cdr format
- Blindwrite .b5t/.b6t format
- DiscJuggler's .cdi format
- Easy CD Creator .cif format
- Roxio / WinOnCD .c2d format
- Error Code Modeller .ecm container format
- gBurner .gbi format
- .iso format and its compressed forms, .cso and .isz
- .nrg format
- PowerISO .daa format
- .udf format
- Raw images (.img, .bin, .ccd, .cue, .sub and .toc)
- GZip and Xz archives
The developers are working on supporting as many major formats as they can, and they encourage users to submit patches to this end.