How to unzip an ISO file. Have you downloaded a program or game in ISO format from Internet and you don't know how to view its content on your PC without first having to burn it to an empty disk? Don't worry, you can turn to one of the many free tools (or available in a free trial version) to unzip an ISO file available for Windows and macOS.

All are very easy to use even for those who or consider themselves great experts in technology of information and new technologies. In most cases, these are resources used to explore and extract the contents of compressed files (those in the format ZIP, RAR, etc.), while in other programs designed specifically for the purpose in question.

I will also explain how to mount the ISO files, so that, in addition to being able to browse the content, you can use them as if you had recorded them and the relative CD / DVD was inserted into the player connected to the PC.

How to unzip an ISO file with programs

Needs to unzip an ISO file but you don't know how to do it? Use the tools to Windows  y MacOS that you find in the list below and put the relative usage instructions into practice, I can assure you that it is much simpler than you can imagine.

7-Zip (Windows)

If you are using a Windows PC, the first of the helpful resources I want to talk about is 7-Zip. Have you never heard of him?

In any case, no problem, let's fix it immediately.

It is one of the best free programs to manage compressed files available to users. OS Microsoft Home. Thanks to it, it is possible to open any type of archive (ZIP, RAR, etc.) and CD and DVD image files with the possibility of extracting the contents of any folder.

To use it, the first step you need to take is to connect to the 7-Zip website and click  Download placed next to the wording 64 bits x64 (if you use a operating system un 64 bit ) or next to that 32 bit x86 (and you use an operating system 32 bit ).

When the download is complete, open the archive .exe   and in the window you see appear on the desktop click the button run e install. Finally, press the button close.

At this point, you need to associate the ISO file format with 7-Zip so that the CD and DVD image files automatically open with it. To do this, search 7-Zip File Manager at Start Menu and open the related link.

In the window that opens, select the item Options of menu instruments at the top, to access the panel with the program settings.

So select the file format ISO by clicking on it, so that in your correspondence the program icon and click on the buttons apply y to accept  guidance on save the changes.

If when trying to associate the ISO format with 7-Zip you see an error message, start the 7-Zip File Manager with administrative privileges by right-clicking on the corresponding link in the Start Menu, choosing the articles More> Run as administrator from the menu that opens.

Now you are ready to unzip an ISO file with 7-Zip. You can do this simply by double-clicking on the image file to open, selecting the elements present in it, and dragging them to any position.

The duration of extraction of files from a ISO image It depends on the size of the elements to be extrapolated and the power of the PC in use. Generally it takes only a few minutes even for medium / large files.

IsoBuster (Windows)

Another program you can use to unzip your ISO files es IsoBuster. It is a popular tool for Windows operating systems. Thanks to it, it is possible to recover data from damaged CDs and DVDs.

Also, and that's why I'm including it here, it includes numerous functions for managing ISO files, creating CD and DVD images, and converting between major image formats to ISO / TAO / BIN / CUE / IBP / IBQ. It costs $ 39.95, but you can download it for a 30-day free trial. In this case, the only thing to keep in mind is that to extract the ISO files, the user license must be purchased.

To download IsoBuster to your PC, see the program's website and click the button Download IsoBuster. When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and, in the window that appears on the screen, press the buttons run, to accept y siguiente (four consecutive times). Then complete the setup by pressing the buttons install, finalize  y run.

Then start the trial period of the trial program and hit  Register later in the window that appears on the desktop.

At this point, click on the menu files / files in the upper left corner, select the option Open image file from the menu that opens and select the reference ISO file.

After completing the above steps, you will see the contents of the ISO file on the right side of the program window. To unpack it, drag the items of your interest out of the software window.

The Unarchiver (macOS)

Are you using a Mac? In that case, you can extract an ISO file using The Unarchiver. It is a free application for MacOS that allows you to explore and unzip files compressed (ZIP, RAR, etc.) and ISO, BIN and EXE files (Windows executables), all in an incredibly simple and fast way.

To download it, visit the appropriate section of the Mac App Store online, click the button View in the Mac App Store and click the button Get / Install.

If necessary, authorize the application download by typing the password from your Apple account or through touch ID (if you have a Mac with this component).

Once the download procedure is complete, right click on the ISO file icon to unpack and select the items Open with> The Unarchiver from the menu that appears. Doing so will automatically extract the data contained in the ISO file to a folder that will be created in the same path as the image file.

Keka (macOS)

Other software for MacOS you can use to unzip an ISO file cake. It is an application that, similar to The Unarchiver, allows you to extract all major image and file formats quickly and quickly.

It is free and open source. Note that it is optionally available in a paid version on the Mac App Store (it costs 3,49 euros) useful to support the work done by the developers.

To download the free version of Keka, go to the program's website. and press the button Download. Once the download is complete, open the .dmg packagedrag the Keka icon in the folder applications macOS, right click on it and select the item open from the menu that appears, to open the program avoiding the limitations that Apple imposes on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only from the first start).

Once the software window appears on the desktop, drag it over the item Drop here to extract, the ISO file you want to decompress and wait for the extraction procedure to start and complete.

Then indicate the position in macOS where you want to extract the image file and click the button extract. Subsequently, all the files in the ISO image will be saved in a special folder in the location specified above.

How to unzip an ISO file on Mac

Are you interested in unzipping an ISO file in the sense that you would like to access to content of an image file as if it had been burned on a CD or DVD inserted in the player connected to the PC but you don't want to carry out the operation in question?

Then use the resources to mount the image files you will find below and follow the instructions for use. It is much easier than you think.

Default ISO File Manager (Windows)

Are you using a PC with installed Windows 10 o Windows 8 / 8.1 and do you need to mount an ISO file? In that case, I am happy to inform you that you do not have to download and install absolutely anything on your PC. In fact, just use the default ISO file manager of the System.

To use it, you need to right-click on the ISO file icon and select the item Mount from the context menu that opens. Alternatively, you can double-click the icon of the ISO file of your interest.

In both cases, then a window will open on the desktop File Browser with the content of the image just mounted inside. Easy, right?

Disk Utility (macOS)

Even in MacOSTo mount your ISO files, you can use the predefined tool to manage image files and disks, internal and external, connected to the PC. It's about the Disk utility and to use it you don't have to download and install absolutely nothing on your PC.

To use it, just right-click the reference ISO file icon and select the item from the context menu that opens diskimagemounter. Alternatively, you can simply double-click the image file you are interested in going to.

In both cases, later, the ISO file will be mounted on the Mac and then you can access its content through the window that will open on the desktop.

How to unzip an ISO file with Daemon Tools (Windows / macOS)

The tools already included in Windows and macOS did not convince you in particular to mount the ISO files or are you looking for a valid alternative?

So the best suggestion I can give you is to try daemon Tools, a real institution for managing image files on PC and Mac. In fact, it allows you to mount the content of ISO files on virtual drives that can then be opened like real floppy disks. Note that it also allows you to generate new ISO files starting practically from scratch.

For Windows it is available both in a free version (called Daemon Tools Lite ) and for a fee (with a base price starting at 5 euros / month) and in this second case additional functions are included, such as the possibility of Record images and create USB sticks Boot.

However, for macOS, only the paid variant is available (with a base price of 9 euros / month), but it can be downloaded in a trial version that works without limitations for 20 days.

To download Daemon Tools Lite at  Windows, connect to the program's website and click the button Download. The download is complete, open the .exe file and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click the buttons run, Free licenseinstall.

Then select the option Free license, Click the button I agree and continue, uncheck the box related to the installation of extra programs and press the buttons install y run.

Now that you see the software window on the desktop, press the button Ride fast Located at the bottom left and select the ISO file on the PC you want to operate on. After that, you will find the file in question as a virtual CD / DVD drive in the section This Equipment / Pc of Windows.

If, on the other hand, you are using MacOS, to download Daemon Tools to your PC, go to their website and click on the button download for macOS.

When the download is complete, open the .dmg package obtained, drag the software icon in the folder applications macOS, right click on it and select the item open from the context menu that opens.

Then press the button open in the window that appears on the screen, to start the application avoiding the limitations that Apple imposes on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only from the first start).

In the window that appears on the desktop, click the button I agreewrite the password your user account in macOS and click on the button Installation wizard.

If you receive a warning about block system extension, open the System preferences by clicking on the icon gear, in the Dock bar, press the icon of Security and privacy in the window that opens and press the button allow (down). Then select the buttons in the program window siguiente y open DAEMON Tools.

At this point click here buttons test y close, to start the program's free trial period.

Then mount your ISO file by clicking the button Ride fast located at the bottom left and selecting the reference image file. Then you can access from the sidebar of the finder  or from the desktop, as if it were a common floppy disk.