The Best, Free Alternatives to Nero CD/DVD Burner

Kannon Yamada 17-01-2017

Nero used to be one of the best and most popular pieces of software for burning CDs or DVDs No DVD Drive? No Problem! Create And Mount ISO Files For Free With These Tools My computer doesn’t have any optical drives anymore. That means CD drives, DVD drives, Floppy drives--they’ve all been cut out and done away with forever. If a particular piece of peripheral gear doesn’t have a... Read More . But it’s expensive and bulky. Moreover, it’s bloated with features you don’t really need. You probably won’t have to spend money on a CD/DVD burning WonderFox Makes Ripping DVDs Easy Want to rip your DVDs to your computer easily and in full quality? WonderFox makes this happen. Read More tool at all!


Why not try a freeware CD/DVD burning application? It might be all you need. Here we have compiled five alternatives to Nero Burning ROM for your Windows PC.

1. InfraRecorder

This is my Nero alternative. I use it partly because InfraRecorder offers a straightforward interface and mostly because it’s open source. On top of that, it includes everything you would expect in a CD/DVD burning suite — and more.


Some highlights from this Nero alternative include:

  • support for Multi-Session
  • very light on resources
  • support for not just ISO, but also BIN and CUE images
  • burning on Dual Layer DVDs is supported
  • rewritable disc support
  • open source

2. ImgBurn

I used to use ImgBurn. It’s a lightweight CD/DVD HD-DVD/Blu-ray burning application that you can install both on Windows and Linux PCs. It’s the most fully-featured burning program out of all competitors. If you’re looking for something advanced and with lots of features ImgBurn is the best candidate.



Beware, though! The ImgBurn installer comes with Potentially Unwanted Programs (how to remove PUPs). You can choose to not install these, but you must specifically opt out.

Features include:

  • Can create ISO files of pretty much anything.
  • Most feature-rich burning client around.
  • Great looking user interface.
  • Lightweight installation footprint.

3. CDBurnerXP

Despite its name, CDBurnerXP works on all versions of Windows. It perennially ranks among the most popular burning clients on account of its simplicity, feature-set, and lightweight footprint.



Here’s a highlight of the features available in CDBurnerXP:

  • multi-language interface
  • support for Blu-Ray/HD DVD
  • BIN to ISO converter included
  • rewritable disc support

4. DVD Flick

When it comes to authoring your own discs from video files, no free app does it better than DVD Flick. DVD Flick supports a tremendous number of disc formats and codecs. Its defining feature, though, is its ability to create complete DVDs from video and audio files.



On the downside, DVD Flick doesn’t support ripping discs The 11 Best Tools for Ripping DVDs and Blu-rays to Your Computer Here are the best tools for ripping DVDs and Blu-rays so you can digitize all of your media without any hassle. Read More — so it’s only a partial replacement for Nero.

In summary, these are the key features of DVD Flick:

  • creates DVD menus
  • adds subtitles to videos
  • supports most common (and many rare) video codecs
  • open source

5. DeepBurner

DeepBurner has been around for a while now and remains one of the best Nero alternatives. Not only is it available as a regular installable application — it’s also a portable app. So if you want something you can carry around on your USB flash drive then check this one out.



The free version of DeepBurner comes with these features:

  • Supports both internal and external CD/DVD writers.
  • Burn any data, copy any disc.
  • Create multiple disk copies.
  • Make ISO CDs.
  • Print CD labels.

6. Ashampoo Burning Studio

The biggest, beefiest, and most fully featured client is Ashampoo Burning Studio Free Edition. Its feature suite appears similar to many of the other programs in this list. However, it ups the ante by throwing in disc ripping capabilities. On the downside, Ashampoo (even the Free Edition) requires registration through the Ashampoo website.


Here’s just a few of the burning client’s features:

  • disc ripping capabilities (appears limited to CDs in the free version)
  • clean, aesthetically pleasing user interface
  • easy to use
  • video CD compatibility

7. BurnAware

BurnAware’s elegant and simplified interface doesn’t just look great — it’s functional too! It comes with a large number of features, like rewriteable disc support. On top of that, it’s light on resources and supports every other format that you can imagine (including Blu-Ray). Burning is fast because this software burns data directly onto the medium, instead of waiting for “hard disk staging”.


The free edition of BurnAware offers the following benefits:

  • Elegant and simple user interface.
  • Can create boot discs.
  • Compatible with rewriteable burners.

What’s the Best Nero Alternative?

It depends on what you need. Infrarecorder is the best open source solution. ImgBurn offers the closest to a full replacement of Nero. However, if you need DVD authoring, nothing beats the open source DVD Flick.

Do let us know about your experiences with these Nero software alternatives in the comments. Have I missed out any? Shoot out your voices, come and discuss!

Originally written by Aibek Esengulov on 5 February, 2008.

Related topics: CD-DVD Tool, CD-Rom.

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  1. ru
    March 15, 2019 at 3:01 am

    Where do I download this program for god's sake?

    • Kannon Yamada
      March 15, 2019 at 7:34 pm

      Hi, the download link should be the red text. In this case, it's the larger lettering that begins each new app description

    • Max
      September 22, 2019 at 10:21 am

      google is your friend!

  2. MHenry
    September 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I've used CDBurnerXP for 10+ years while it really was for Windows XP. I used Nero before that but up until version 5 or 6 (it's been a long time). My favorite feature of it is the disc spanning. I haven't found any other free burners that offer that and I'm not sure if any paid versions do either.

    If I'm not using CDBurnerXP, I'm using ImgBurn to handle ISO tasks. It does have a similar file organizer CDBurnerXP and Nero but its not the default.

    And don't let the fact that these programs have not released a version for the last few years. The developers are still answering questions in the forums. DVD or Blu-Ray burning technology has changed. Once the standards are set, that is it. DVD discs that are 15+ years old will still play in a modern drive. Now if quad-layer Blu-Ray discs come out, I'm sure these programs will be updated to burn them.

  3. stew
    August 30, 2018 at 3:47 am

    I want to burn a DVD with all my favourite karaoke songs so that I can bring it to KTV without having to search for the songs. However, I have tried many burning software, free and paid version, they all change my karaoke song from multi audio track to a single audio track, meaning all become non-karaoke disc. Can anyone advise which of these burning software will remain multi audio track after burning. Thanks.

  4. morgancooper
    May 7, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Long PathTool is a software that will let you easily delete, copy or rename long path files.

  5. Radrick
    March 21, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    I have tried most of these and for many years I used CDBurnerXP, but now I use AnyBurn:
    It has a portable version and works very well. I really like it.

    • Kannon Yamada
      March 28, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks for sharing!

  6. Harsha
    January 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I had already tried several you mentioned above. Finally settled with Burnaware. Simple interface, easy, more than sufficient for my needs , and perhaps, anybodies

    • Kannon Yamada
      January 21, 2017 at 10:36 am

      BurnAware is one of my favorites. I believe it might even be open source or at least under the GNU license.

  7. Dave Darr
    January 17, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    K3b is my favorite.