From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Cdrskin logo
Developer(s)Mario Đanić, Vreixo Formoso Lopes, Thomas Schmitt
Stable release
1.5.0 [1] / September 15, 2018; 12 months ago (2018-09-15)
Written inC, Unix Shell
Operating systemFreeBSD, Linux, NetBSD, Solaris, OpenBSD
TypeOptical disc operations

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.

xorriso copies file objects from POSIX compliant filesystems into Rock Ridge enhanced ISO 9660 filesystems and allows session-wise manipulation of such filesystems. It can load the management information of existing ISO images and it writes the session results to optical media or to filesystem objects. Vice versa xorriso is able to copy file objects out of ISO 9660 filesystems.[3]

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[4] which is included in the default installation of Xubuntu since version 10.10.[5]
  • GNOME's default disk recording application, Brasero, can use libburn directly without relying on cdrecord compatibility of cdrskin.[6]
  • FlBurn is a FLTK application that uses libburn directly.[7]
  • cdrskin is similar to cdrecord and wodim, and can be used in place of the aforementioned tool in GUI front-ends such as K3b.[8]


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

The current stable version is 1.5.0, which was released on September 15, 2018.[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.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Release Page
  2. ^ cdrskin README file
  3. ^
  4. ^ Xfburn website Archived 2012-02-20 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Xubuntu 10.10 release information Archived 2011-06-03 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Brasero website
  7. ^ FlBurn website
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-02-20. Retrieved 2015-11-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External links[edit]