Free ImgBurn – Is It One Step Ahead Of CDBurnerXP?

imageA recent review of the freebie CD/DVD burning application – CDBurnerXP – led a number of readers to offer their views on burner applications. A particular free favorite amongst readers, and one I’ve run with on and off over the years is – ImgBurn.

Since there’s no better time like the present, and driven by curiosity as to why readers found ImgBurn so compelling – I revisited this application and ran with it for several days. Glad I did.

I’ll jump ahead here – directly to my conclusion. ImgBurn is a superior CD/DVD burning application. No hesitation – this application ROCKS.

The following screen capture illustrates the wide range of application settings available. For those of us who are conversant with all of the ins and outs, this is very advantageous. An average user might well skip by these selections. Still, the options are there and, jumping into the Settings menu offers a terrific learning opportunity for those who are interested .


Ez Mode Picker GUI shown. As you can see, I’ve chosen to write an image file to disc. Writing image files to DVD, is the most common use I have for burner software.


Since I’m burning to a rewritable disc – ImgBurn has given me a “just in time” warning – saving me from what could have been a critical error – overwriting valuable data. It’s not likely that I would have saved important data on a DVD+RW but, that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t happen.

So, the warning popup as shown in the following screen capture – is absolutely necessary, in my view.


Given the go ahead, the application got right down to work – erased the disc; burned the ISO image; and verified the data. Total time to completion – 4 minutes 18 seconds (586 MB).

I do agree with regular reader Muncher W., that we could do without the blast of celebratory music.   Smile


In a comparable test (in conjunction with this review test), running CDBurnerXP, which I reviewed several days ago, that application, including a manual erasure of the disc’s contents (* more on that in a moment), took 4 minutes and 10 seconds. An inconsequently  time difference.

* If you are using a DVD-RW (as I did for these tests) which already contains data – CDBurnerXP will not warn you that you are about to overwrite that data. Bad! Very Bad!


As an expert user, I make it a practice to always read a rewritable disc before using that disc on a new job but, an average user might easily be burned (no pun intended), if that simple step is not followed. Better, I think, that a burner application should shout out a warning.

While CDBurnerXP, with its simple straightforward GUI and limited choices, is a very fine application for those who are relatively new to CD/DVD burning – the lack of a warning has the potential to cause havoc.

The chances may be slim – but, they are real, nevertheless.

The usual offer on installation. As always – caution is the byword.


System requirements: Windows XP, Vista and Win 7.

Download at: ImgBurn

A portable version is available at: The Portable Freeware Collection.


Filed under CD/DVD Tools, downloads, Freeware, Portable Applications, Software

6 responses to “Free ImgBurn – Is It One Step Ahead Of CDBurnerXP?

  1. I absolutely love ImgBurn. Been using it for the past couple of years, and haven’t looked back. I can’t believe the hoops we used to have to jump through just to burn or even create a disc image.

    Plus, it’s portable. I have it on any portable hard drives/flash drives I have.

    • Hi Taylor,

      Oh yeah! Definitely go with you on that one – those were the days. 🙂

      Must admit – I was blown away with the capabilities of this app. Plus, as you mention – portability is a huge bonus.



  2. sut

    Hi Bill,

    Another viable free ‘burning’ alternative with a portable option is cdrtfe (cdrtools Frontend) which like ImgBurn offers the full array of burning features (apart from Blu-Ray) as well as the ability to rip tracks from audio CD’s. Like ImgBurn the program has many in-depth settings and can even be run from the command line. The program is open source.

    Fortunately for the ‘click-happy’ brigade out there, unlike ImgBurn, the program comes with no bundled software.

    Have used cdrtfe and ImgBurn regularly in recent years and have found both to be reliable in equal measure.

    Don’t know if you’re familiar with the program Bill, but would be interested to see how you feel it compares to ImgBurn and CDBurnerXP.

    cdrtfe can be found here

    • Hi Sut,

      Good to hear from you.

      No, I wasn’t aware of this application. I’ve just downloaded and installed as per your suggestion – very impressive application. It has a very clean Interface and that’s my preference for all applications.

      Yes, I noticed the ‘click-happy’ brigade will be in no danger. 🙂 A very pleasant surprise, given the current over-enthusiasm for Toolbar placement by more and more developers.

      I found it very interesting that the app has VCD capabilities and, I must confess, I had not heard that term until today. I’m presently reading a novel which, in part, is focused on China – and, not more than an hour ago I came across the term VCD in that novel. The author had the good sense to explain the technology. A happy coincidence, all in all.

      I’ll run with this for a few days, do a little digging, and get a feature review up. I have a sense that the super geek cadre will find this application highly usable.

      Thank you for taking time to let me know of cdrtfe. Looking forward to giving it a bit of a workout.



  3. Hi Bill,
    I used Img Burn for years until one day it failed, I have no idea why. So I tried CDBurner XP and it always worked fine. Now I just use the rather spartan built in burner in Win 7. It’s adequate but I think I’ll try Img again it really is a great app.

    • Hi Mark,

      Sort of the same story at this end. Went to CDBurnerXP and never went back to ImgBurn – no idea why. But, we both agree that ImgBurn is a great app so, I’m happy to be back to an old reliable.