NRG (file format)

NRG (File Format)

NRG (file format)

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A .nrg file is a proprietary CD image file format used by Nero Burning ROM, a utility suite made by Nero AG, to create and burn ISO 9660 CD images.

Other than Nero Burning ROM, a variety of software titles can use these image files. For example, Power ISO, Alcohol 120%, or Daemon Tools can mount NRG files onto virtual drives for reading.

Contrary to popular belief, .nrg files are not ISO images with .nrg extension and a header attached. For technical details on the nrg format, see below.

Converting nrg files

There are several tools available to convert a <code>.nrg</code> data file into an ISO 9660 CD image.

  • Free but not Open Source tools include:
    • &mdash; for Windows.

  • Open Source command line tools include:
    • &mdash; cross-platform. hardcoded to read all nrg files as disc at once (DAO) type causing it to fail on track at once (TAO) type images.
    • &mdash; cross-platform. Tool for detecting the structure of many types of CD/DVD image and convert image CD/DVD to ISO9660
    • &mdash; for Unix-like systems. Hardcoded to read all nrg files as disc at once (DAO)
    • &mdash; (project abandoned by author - last updated Oct 2007) for Unix-like systems (including Mac OS X). Can convert both DAO and TAO images into ISO 9660 CD images.
    • &mdash; MacOs X, based on nrg4iso, has a graphical user interface
  • Shareware tools include:
    • &mdash; Windows freeware. Converts a Nero NRG file (CD Image) to a standard ISO CD Image file.
    • &mdash;......
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