Install Virtual CD/DVD Drive ‘CDemu’ in Ubuntu 14.04

December 17, 2014

CDemu Vritual CD DVD drive

Looking for a virtual cd/dvd drive software for Ubuntu? CDemu is an open-source software suite designed to emulate an optical drive and disc (including CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs) on Linux.

CDEmu consists of:

  • a kernel module implementing a virtual drive-controller
  • libmirage which is a software library for interpreting optical disc images
  • a daemon which emulates the functionality of an optical drive+disc
  • textmode and GTK clients for controlling the emulator

Optical media emulated by CDemu can be mounted within Linux. Automounting is also allowed.

cdemu GTK client

Install CDemu in Ubuntu 14.04:

There is an unofficial PPA repository that contains the CDemu packages for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Linux Mint 17.

To add the PPA, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. When it opens, run the command below and type in your user password when it asks:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cdemu/ppa

After added the PPA, update system package lists and install the emulator by running below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gcdemu cdemu-client

Install cdemu in Ubuntu

Once installed, start the GTK client gCDEmu from the Dash or Menu. Or run cdemu -h to get the command line help.

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One response to Install Virtual CD/DVD Drive ‘CDemu’ in Ubuntu 14.04

  1. Thanks for the article. I could mount both .toc and .cue file using the above mentioned procedure.

    I’d like to point out that to run the GTK client command is gcdemu and not gCDEmu …

    Also that gcdemu interface comes as a small icon on the task bar, which has option to add new device upon left clicking.

    Thanks again.