How to mount ISO images as LiveCD?

asked 2014-08-03 09:36:00 -0600

I found a lot of information on mounting ISO images to particular folders like /mnt/iso, etc. but I couldn't find any information on how to mount ISO images as cdrom. So it behaves as if I inserted a LiveCD through the optical disk in my system.

One of the use cases would be to use the mounted LiveCD for installation in VirtualBox.


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Doesn't virtualbox allow you to boot an iso, or assign an image to the virtual cdrom? I don't understand the use case.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-08-03 21:23:04 -0600 )edit

Yeah, I don't understand either!

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-08-03 23:56:07 -0600 )edit

@randomuser@hello Yes, I can add any ISO in VirtualBox. I was just curious if ISO can be mounted as LiveCDs.

sudhirkhanger gravatar imagesudhirkhanger ( 2014-08-04 00:47:21 -0600 )edit

Not that I know of, because I think they behave the same way. For example, you insert a disc; disc=/dev/cdrom; /dev/cdrom gets mounted /mnt/CD; computer runs off of CD temporarily. That said, iso=/home/iso.iso; /home/iso.iso gets mounted to /mnt/CD; computer runs off of ISO temporarily. Essentially, it is the same concept, but portrayed in a different way. :)

abadrinath gravatar imageabadrinath ( 2014-08-04 01:21:17 -0600 )edit

As randomuser said, you don't have to mount the ISO to the host machine to install it in a virtual machine. You can make the virtualbox-> new virtual machine->cdrom to look at the ISO image in the host machine!

anishjp gravatar imageanishjp ( 2014-08-04 03:23:55 -0600 )edit