Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software

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Introduction

When looking for the best free software program for either CD (Compact Disc) or DVD (Digitally Versatile Disc) I think it is worth the effort to consider your exact requirements.

Keep in mind that CD & DVD burning programs are designed for you to author CDs and DVDs for music, photos, movies, games, data or other digital files that will hopefully stimulate your creativity. As well as CD and DVD burning software, this category also includes Lightscribe software which enables you to produce laser-etched labels with text or graphics, as opposed to stick-on labels and printable discs.

With new free software, don't be afraid to experiment and try a few different options before you decide on the right one for you.

 

Rated Products

ImgBurn  

A very flexible burning application with advanced features


Our Rating: 
5
License: Free
A free tool that enables you to burn CD/DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray images with ease. Very flexible application with several advanced features not available in other tools.
Bundled with OpenCandy - see information link in review text. Probably more suited to advanced users who will appreciate the extent of its configurability.
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InfraRecorder  

A respectable burning program with all common features


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free
Supports CD-R/CD-RW/DVD+R/DVD-R/DVD+RW/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM (double layer mediums included); burns discs from images or files, creates bootable discs, creates images from files or discs, copies discs to discs (does not seem to bypass copyright protection), adds sessions to multisession discs, fixates discs, burns on-the-fly, verifies burns, erases rewritable media; creates audio discs, creates video DVDs; command line version; multilingual; simple, easily accessible interface.
Does not support HD-DVD, Blu-Ray; lacks advanced features.
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BurnAware Free  

A simple program for your burning needs


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Private/Educational use)
BurnAware Free is a free CD, DVD, Blu-ray Disc burning software
Doesn't have the option of a floating window that features in programs such as CDBurnerXP.
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CDBurnerXP  

A quick and easy solution for creating audio and video discs and ripping audio CDs


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Limited features)
Clean user friendly interface. Multi-session functionality.
Requires Microsoft .NET Framework.
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CDBurnerXP has been updated to version 4.5.7.6282 (digitally signed 2016.07.29). Thus far, only the portable application is "clean;" the default installer without installCore should be released within a few days of this post.

sorry to spoil the fun with open candies but the burner in windows (10) apparently works. from what friends testify, as I do not write so often these days, it is quite more reliable than many here.

ImgBurn v2.5.8.0 has no more open candy :]

Both the installed and portable versions of ImgBurn 2.5.8.0 released on 2016.02.12 test 100% clean with VirusTotal (both downloaded from Softpedia).

Also, CDBurnerXP now stands at version 4.5.7.6139 (both the portable and "minimal" installed versions test 100% clean with VirusTotal and are digitally signed 2016.05.13).

Has anyone checked out Starburn ?
It is free, and does everything but whistle Dixie

Rob

BurnAware v9.0 doesn't seem to have any Adware or OpenCandy. Can anyone confirm?
Yes, this version seems to be clean for me too.
Have updated the review text and product details. MC - Site Manager.

Regarding ImgBurn and Opencandy the solution is simple Download the installer and use 7zip to extract it to a folder. Inside the folder delete the directory called $PLUGINSDIR this is where opencandy resides. You can now run the program straight from the folder or move the folder and make a shortcut to ImgBurn.exe This is one of the few programs that does not actually require installation. You can also copy the appropiate files over the old ones to upgrade a already installed version.

I use IMGBURN for most of my burning needs and it works great. While it is possible to make a audio cd using IMGBURN I prefer something more simple.

The only OpenCandy file is OCSetupHlp.dll. Delete it and you are safe from O.C.

CDBurnerXP has been updated to version 4.5.6.6059 (2015.03.15); the minimal installed version (without OpenCandy) is now also available.

I have both installed and used ImgBurn many times. The trick is to reject all offers you are forced to handle before getting to the download 'button'.
That's never been a problem to me; there are'nt all that many hurdles to overcome before you get a clean download of ImgBurn. I have found it a decent and well working program.

Only complaint I have, I can't find an option of just erasing a CD/DVD except as part of a write operation.

There doesn't seem to be much freeware available these days without embedded ads or offers of useless addons to get rid off before you can download the real thing.

Select one of the Modes, then go to Tools - Drive - Erase Disk. Hope this helps.

BurnAware Free 8.9 has been released; the download offered by Softpedia is labeled as being "100% Clean" (http://www.softpedia.com/get/CD-DVD-Tools/Data-CD-DVD-Burning/BurnAware-Free.shtml); running it through VirusTotal confirmed that it is (I've alerted Softpedia so that they can update their review to reflect that).

Incidentally, the portable version of ImgBurn is also available from Softpedia, and it too is listed as being "100% Clean" (http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/CD-DVD-Tools/Windows-Portable-Applications-Portable-ImgBurn.shtml); unzipping the download and running it through VirusTotal confirmed that, as well.

Also, CDBurnerXP was updated to version 4.5.6.5931 last November. Again, there is also available the "Default installer (Without OpenCandy)," as well as a portable version (my personal choice, as it doesn't write to the Registry), also sans OpenCandy; click on the "More download options" link.

Just tried installing ImgBurn, used the 'advanced' install option. Had a bunch of really junky-looking crap to uncheck, not liking the looks of all that but continued as I've used this software in the past and it's been very decent. Looks like it highjacked my browser's homepage with a yahoo clone & installed a handful of malware threats inside the OS. Not gonna ever try ImgBurn again!

CDburnerXP offers version without opencandy: click on more download options on download page

Same thing for BurnAware: clcik on "free version without OpenCandy" at the bottom of download page.

I don't see a version of ImgBurn without OpenCandy

No, there is no version of ImgBurn without OpenCandy but you can usually avoid unwanted extras by paying attention and choosing "Custom" install whenever you have that option.

Another option is to install the program using the command line followed by a switch /nocandy.

1. Hold down the Shift key and right click a folder (containing the setup file) to open a command window in that folder
2. Type setupimgburn_2.5.8.0 /nocandy
3. Enter

I'm just being a little surprised that nobody mentioned 'Ashampoo Burning Studio Free'! It's a really good choice I think! :)

CDBurnerXP was updated to version 4.5.5.5767 on 2015.07.24; the "minimal" versions were released today, 2015.07.27 (neither the two "minimal" versions nor portable versions, x32 & x64, contain OpenCandy).

Also, BurnAware Free was updated to version 8.3.0 on 2015.07.10; changelog at http://www.burnaware.com/whats-new.html .

Finally, the free utility "Unchecky" (see http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/automatic-warning-if-youre-about-install-unwanted-software.htm) can help prevent the installation of various Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) that may be included with downloaded software (one of the comments on the page linked refers to "WinPatrol," discussed elsewhere at Gizmo's, and I agree wholeheartedly, considering it to be a "must-have" app for every Windows box). "Unchecky" also silently auto-updates.

As of May 2015, the latest version of ImgBurn installer will include the OpenCandy with no available option to opt out!
Earlier versions included checkboxes under "Custom"/"Advanced" installation settings to choose to not install OpenCandy or other adware.
This is no longer available!

The only way to avoid install the malware is, as claimed on the OpenCandy website, is to either
- disconnect your system from the internet during installation
- include "/NOCANDY" switch in the command line in executing the installer
- configure your router to block all "*.opencandy.com" connections

Clearly, steps more complex than the average user is knowledgeable enough to do.
There is absolutely no indication in the installer of OpenCandy being installed along with ImgBurn except in the bottom half of the 'Terms & Conditions' document!

Norton Antivirus has now marked this software as a malware and rightly so!
You should update this list to reflect the developer's ridiculous policy of selling out his users.

I'm confused....OpenCandy isn't installed on your system. There is no uninstall either. So I dont' understand what you mean by Checkboxes to not install OpenCandy. 

Its simply a temporary plug-in that offers other products during install of your software and it's lifetime is only during the installer process. It deletes itself automatically if you chose not to accept any recommendations. But if you chose to accept any recommendation then it will run on your system periodically for a few days to verify if the recommended app was activated and then self-destructs. 

BurnAware has been updated to version 8.0. Changelog here:

http://www.burnaware.com/whats-new.html

ImgBurn is now heavily bundled with other programs during the installation process. You must be very careful to chose custom installation in all screens and to then deselect the additional software installation attempts. Be very careful as the "express versus "custom" option will appear several times in an attempt to install the crapware.

PCTyson

I think out of 10,000 people, only one might turn out to need one of the advanced edit features that ImgBurn has to offer. Although I appreciate it being standalone (not dependent on .NET Framework) and light / fast (the simpler, more responsive interface), I think the drawback that the interface isn't that intuitive, in fact even cumbersome, and that it leaves room for errors from users that are not that technical (the other 9,999 people...) is what matters more. So, I and most people would use CDBurnerXP (or BurnAware Free), which beat even many commercial software I've seen in terms of usability, stability, and so on, and even come (very?) close to the reliability / stability of ImgBurn.

And don't forget, everyone, it is better to burn discs at lower speeds (I would recommend half the speed advertised on the disc), especially with discs of whose quality you are unsure of. The more the sensitivity of the data (the more you care about it), the slower the speed you should choose.

BurnAware Free.
I have used this and the interface is very good. Once MAJOR problem found. I had a faulty bluray burner. It was only after 40 odd discs that I needed to retrieve something. I then found all burns had failed.
Despite this program verifing that all was good.
I had used ImgBurn as well, and it failed to verify. I had dismissed this as the software hadn't had an update in 2years. My mistake.
Be very carefull with BurnAware Free !!!!

Fred

Thank you!

BurnAware Free 7.5 vs CDBurnerXP 4.5.4.5143 Review:

My focuses:
* Stable, reliable burns
* High-speed burns

I recently tried out the latest 2 versions of these free burning softwares and wanted to share my results.

I'd been using BurnAware Free 7.5, reliably burning data discs at 10x for a while and loved using the quick-verify feature it has to data-check after compilation burn completion. However the latest version has an issue with it.

I checked out CDBurnerXP 4.5.4.5143 to see if it could do faster burns. After my testing I can burn reliably much faster at 16x. I also like that it has a direct folder tree available and you don't need to have a separate Windows Explorer window open like for BurnAware Free.

Outcome:
I recommend people try out the latest version of CDBurnerXP as I've had great results. :D

Thank you!

I'm happy to report that Burn Aware Free 7.7 is very stable and reliable. Checksum file validation is working again and a test run of 10 DVD-Rs for me completed fine and files were verified :D

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