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wodim - write data to optical disk media

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Wodim, a command line optical disk burner

by Peter Tesar

From the command line, you can burn a CD or DVD using wodim.

For these examples, we will assume that there is a blank RW disk loaded and the current working directory contains the files to burn.

The following examples are mostly self-explanatory.

Syntax: wodim [options] tracks

Note: if there is only one optical device, then wodim will use it by default. If there are multiple devices, you can list the device names using:
$ wodim --devices

The /dev or /media directories may contain symbolic links like 'cdrom' or 'cdrw'. point to a specific device name or symbolic link using the 'dev=' option.
See the examples below.

to blank/erase a rw disk:
$ sudo wodim -eject blank=fast - slowest speed (if supported)

To create a Vinux live CD:
$ wodim -v dev=/dev/cdrom vinux.iso
$ wodim -v dev=/dev/sg0 vinux.iso

To create an audio CD using .wav files:
$ wodim -v -pad -dao speed=4 *.wav
$ wodim -v -pad -tao Music/*.wav

Note.: You may need to unmount the cdrw device before blanking it:
$ sudo umount /dev/cdrom
$ sudo umount /media/data - if the RW disk has the label 'data'

Wodim options:
-audio or -data (optional) > audio assumed with .wav files
-blank=fast > for minimal erase
-eject - after completion
dev=cdrom > target to write to (optional)
-dao (Disk At Once) > or Track At Once
-pad > add zero sectors after each track
speed=4 > (optional)
-v > increase verbosity

With newer systems, not all options are necessary because wodim will search the environment for the proper settings.

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wodim.txt · Last modified: 2017/11/11 22:47 (external edit)