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Developer(s) Mario Đanić, Vreixo Formoso Lopes, Thomas Schmitt
Stable release
1.4.6 [1] / September 16, 2016; 10 months ago (2016-09-16)
Written in C, Unix Shell
Operating system FreeBSD, Linux, NetBSD, Solaris
Type Optical disc operations
License GPL

libburnia is a free software library and collection of command-line interface (CLI) for burning CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray media.

Libburnia overview[edit]

Libburnia is the name of a project to develop various pieces of disk recording software.

  • libburn is the underlying programming library. It is used by xorriso, cdrskin and 3rd party disk recording applications can also use this library directly.
  • libisofs is the library to create or modify ISO 9660 disk images.
  • libisoburn is an add-on to libburn and libisofs which coordinates both and also allows to grow ISO 9660 filesystem images on multi-session and overwriteable media.
  • xorriso is a CLI application that creates, loads, manipulates and writes ISO 9660 filesystem images with Rock Ridge extensions.
  • cdrskin is the end-user application of libburnia. It is CLI-only and its syntax is mostly identical to cdrecord to act as a drop-in replacement for existing front-ends.[2]


Xorriso stands for X/Open, Rock Ridge ISO and is the main command-line tool included with libburnia. It allows both generation and (to some extent) update of image files as well as burning images to the disk.

It provides a command-line interface for single operations as well as GNU Readline and Dialog-based interfaces.


  • The underlying libburn library is used directly as sole recording back-end for Xfce’s graphical Xfburn application[3] which is included in the default installation of Xubuntu since version 10.10.[4]
  • GNOME's default disk recording application, Brasero, can use libburn directly without relying on cdrecord compatibility of cdrskin.[5]
  • FlBurn is a FLTK application that uses libburn directly.[6]
  • cdrskin is similar to cdrecord and wodim, and can be used in place of the aforementioned tool in GUI front-ends such as K3b.[7]


The first public release of libburnia, libburn-0.2.2, was in September 2006.

The current stable version is 1.4.6, which was released on Sep 16 2016.[1]


  • Blanking/formatting of CD-RW DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM, BD
  • Burning of data or audio tracks to CD, either in versatile Track-at-Once mode (TAO) or in Session-at-Once mode for seamless tracks.
  • Multi-session on CD (follow-up sessions in TAO only) or on DVD-R[W] (in Incremental mode) or on DVD+R.
  • Single session on DVD-RW or DVD-R (Disk-at-once) or on over-writable DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, BD-RE.
  • Bus scan, burn-free, speed options, retrieving media info, padding, fifo.
  • Works with SATA DVD drives.
  • Write access to disk images.
  • Use UNIX device path (/dev/hdX) on Linux
  • You do not need to be superuser for its daily usage.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Release Page
  2. ^ cdrskin README file
  3. ^ Xfburn website
  4. ^ Xubuntu 10.10 release information
  5. ^ Brasero website
  6. ^ FlBurn website
  7. ^
  8. ^

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