An ISO file, often called an ISO image, is a single file that’s a perfect representation of an entire CD, DVD, or BD. The entire contents of a disc can be precisely duplicated in a single ISO file. ISO images are often used to distribute large programs over the internet due to the fact that all of the program’s files can be neatly contained as a single file, and you can open an ISO file in various ways depending on your propose.

A lot of software packages are available online as ISO files you can download. The most common reason to build an ISO image is if you’re interested in backing up files, such as photos, videos, programs you have downloaded, software installation discs or even a DVD or Blu-ray movie in an easy-to-access form. Several programs let you create your own ISO file from folder. Here we have different solutions for different operating systems:

Part 1: Create iso from folder with WinCDEmu on Windows


If you are running a Windows system and you want to optimize the storage of device drivers, applications, and everything else that comes on a CD/DVD disc by creating ISO images and storing them on your hard disk, the WinCDEmu is the easiest way to do it. WinCDEmu is free, open-source and does not come with any toolbars or other adware.

You can now create an ISO image from any folder by simply right-clicking on it:


WinCDEmu will then employ an open-source tool called mkisofs to make the image completely automatically:



  • * One-click mounting of ISO, CUE, NRG, MDS/MDF, CCD, IMG images.
  • * Supports unlimited amount of virtual drives.
  • * Runs on 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions from XP to Windows 10.
  • * Allows creating ISO images through a context menu in Explorer.
  • * Small installer size – less than 2MB
  • * Does not require rebooting after installation.
  • * A special portable version is available.
  • * Translated to more than 20 languages.
  • * Does not occupy drive letters when not used.
  • * Supports data, DVD-video and BD-video images.
  • * WinCDEmu is free for any kind of use – it is licensed under LGPL

Part 2: Create iso from folder by creating a service on Mac

This solution is for users with Mac. On macOS, creating ISO images is possible with creating a new service. Here are simple steps to create an iso image in OS:

1. Open Automator & create a new service:

2. Add the action to Run Shell Script:

3. The service receives selected folders in Finder. Set the shell to /usr/bin/python and pass input as arguments. Add the following 3 lines of python:

import sys
from subprocess import call

call(‘hdiutil makehybrid -o “{0}.iso” “{0}” -iso -joliet’.format(sys.argv[1]), shell=True)


4. Save the service and give it a name such as “Create .iso”

Part 3: Create iso from folder with the universal Leawo DVD Creator

Providing the easiest-to-use and friendliest solution to create ISO files from folder, Leawo DVD Creator is a handy and fast video to DVD burner that is designed to convert all popular video files into DVD format then burn to DVD disc or create an ISO image for later use. This DVD creator provides free DVD menu templates for handy use. It is also with powerful video edit functions: video effect, trim, crop, watermark and 3D setting.


DVD Creator 

☉ Convert all video files like MP4, AVI, MKV to DVD format fast.

☉ Create DVD-5, DVD-9 disc, folder and/or ISO image without quality loss.

☉ 1-click operation to create photo slideshows and burn to DVD easily.

☉ 1-click ISO image burner to burn ISO image file to DVD disc.

☉ Multiple built-in menu templates and edit disc menu with personal preferrences.

☉ Easily editable video effects, 2D to 3D conversion support.

So how to create ISO file from folder with Leawo DVD Creator? Here are the detailed steps:

Step 1. Add video files.Click “Add from folder” to import your video folder to the program.


Step 2. Customization.Customize effect, trim, crop video, add image & text watermark, 3D settings. By clicking the “edit icon”


Step 3. Menu template preview. Preview the embedded DVD menu template by clicking on the template you want to preview.


Step 4. Design menu. Change text and customize DVD menu with individualized features like adding music, changing background by clicking the respective button below.


Step 5: DVD burning settings. Detailed settings for DVD creating and saving path by clicking the green “Burn” button.


Step 6: Create ISO file.Click “Burn” button below to start the burning process. Wait until it is done.



With the three methods we have introduced today, you should be able to create an ISO file from folder in any system platform with ease. We have WinCDEmu for Windows, DIY Service for Mac and a universal program for both. Hope you find this article useful and like the method we introduced today. Have a nice day!