Best Free CD/DVD Burning Software

Programs for copying, ripping, and burning CDs and DVDs

CD burners help you use and store more media. Tom Grill / Getty Images

You've probably discovered that most software media players are limited as to what they can do. Using a dedicated burning program gives you the flexibility to burn audio, data, and video files to CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs.

Burning media in this way opens up a lot of possibilities for using and storing your digital media. Whether you are looking for a simple program just to burn CDs or something with a little more oomph to it, you may find it in the software programs listed here. They were selected specifically for their ease of use and variety of features when dealing with digital media. 

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CDBurnerXP supports burning to several types of optical media discs, including DVD, CD, HD-DVD, and Blu-ray. You can burn audio CDs or data CDs in MP3, AAC, OGG, WAV, FLAC, ALAC, and other formats. CDBurnerXP can be installed on most versions of Windows and offers a user-friendly multilanguage interface.

A neat feature of CDBurnerXP is its ability to directly add tracks to your compilation from audio CDs without having to rip the tracks first. This free burning software program also comes with a convenient integrated audio player to play your music.

The software includes a feature to burn and create ISO files to CD. An ISO file is a single file that is a perfect replica of a CD or DVD.

CDBurnerXP is compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, 2003, XP, and 2000.

Even though Burning Studio Free only supports MP3 and WMA formats, it more than makes up for this shortfall by its sizeable feature set. This free burning program supports CD, DVD, and Blu-ray drives, giving you flexible storage options.

Using its intuitive interface, you can rip and burn audio and data CDs, back up files and folders, burn movies, create ISO/BIN images, and duplicate CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs.

Ashampoo also offers a paid version of the software. Burning Studio 19 has additional features that include scratch protection, a history feature, and easy-to-use video editor.

Ashampoo Burning Studio Free runs on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7.

Available for Windows operating systems, hassle-free BurnAware Free is an optical disc authoring program that supports CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs. It handles a wide array of audio formats as well. This lightweight but functional program supports MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC, WAV, OGG, and M4A.

The clean interface is easy to use. The software supports high DPI monitors and low CPU usage.

If you have files in the ISO format, this program supports disk-image burning to DVDs and CDs. The program is also capable of creating video DVDs, which can then be played on a standard DVD player or games console such as Xbox One or PS4.

BurnAware is also available in paid Premium and Pro editions. 

All versions of BurnAware software are compatible with Windows 10 (32- and 64-bit), 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, and XP.

If you only want a simple program to create audio CDs, you won’t go wrong with Free Audio CD Burner. Even though it only supports the writing of CDs, it can decode MP3 and WMA files in real time, thus saving time and hard drive space. Free Audio CD Burner supports an enormous variety of audio formats.

It burns CD-R and CD-RW discs and erases information from rewriteable discs. You can set it to write one track at a time and leave the disc unfinalized or use it to burn an entire disc at once and finalize it.

Free Audio CD Burner is compatible with Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP SP3.

DeepBurner Free software is lightweight but powerful software designed for the home user. You can copy any disc, make backups, burn data CDs and DVDs, and burn audio CDs. The software creates and burns ISO images and provides bootable CD/DVD support.

A paid version of the software, DeepBurner Pro, is designed for advanced and business users.

DeepBurner Free works on Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP and is compatible with all CD/DVD drives.

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Linux users appreciate K3b (from KDE Burn Baby Burn) software. This open-source software burns data and video CDs and DVDs and audio CDs, Blu-ray discs, and rewriteable CDs. Use it to set up a multisession CD or work with video authoring.  

Plugins are available for WAV, MP3, FLAC, and Ogg Vorbis formats for audio decoding. Write audio CDs on the fly without decoding them to WAV. 

K3b is available for the Linux platform.

Open-source InfraRecorder supports recording audio and data tracks in WAV, WMA, OGG, MP3, and iOS files to CDs and DVDs. (The MP3 plugin is downloaded separately). This software's last update occurred in 2011, but it is an excellent choice for computers that are running older versions of Windows.

InfraRecorder is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, and 2000.

 WinX DVD Author is specifically for creating video DVDs, but there are some data disc tools. However, if you are looking for audio CD creation, you need to look elsewhere.

Win DVD Author includes a tool for downloading videos from YouTube and basic video editing tools and options for personalizing the DVD title menu and chapter menus. 

This free software is fast, and its output quality is high.  

WinX DVD Author is compatible with Windows 10 (32 and 64 bit) and lower.

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DVDStyler specializes in one thing: burning videos to disc. It doesn't provide audio or data disc support, but it focuses solely on video DVDs and photo slideshows and the interactive menus that accompany them.

This reliable DVD burner is easier to use than some of the alternatives while offering customizing options for backgrounds, buttons, text, images and other graphics. 

DVDStyler is free cross-platform software for Windows, Mac, and Linux.