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cdw - about
cdw is a front-end for some command-line tools
used for burning data CD and DVD discs and for
related tasks. The tools are: cdrecord/wodim,
dvd+rw-mediainfo, dvd+rw-format, xorriso and
mkudffs. You can also use cdw to rip tracks
from your audio CD to raw audio files. Limited
support for copying content of data CD and DVD
discs to image files is also provided.
cdw supports ISO9660 filesystem for optical
media. It is also possible to create UDF images
with cdw. Other filesystem for optical media
are not supported nor recognized.
cdw uses ncurses library to build user interface and
it can be used in UNIX terminal
window and in terminal emulator (like konsole, xterm, rxvt
or gnome-console) in X Window environment.
cdw is developed and tested on my Debian GNU/Linux x64 machine.
Current version of cdw is 0.8.1, which was released in
April 2016. See
information about recent changes.
There are some.
for more details and for list of supported media.
See them here
In order to run cdw you have to:
- run modern GNU/Linux system with 2.6 or 3.X kernel
- use terminal or terminal emulator with size of at least 80x24
- have correctly configured CD/DVD burner
(if you wan to do anything more than creating
new ISO images)
- have installed libcdio
(version 0.81 and up)
- have installed libiso9660 library, which is part of libcdio project
(version 0.81 and up) - it may already come with libcdio
- have installed libncursesw library (version 5 and up)
- have installed libburn library (version 4 and up)
- have installed recent versions of
mkisofs/genisoimage (for creating ISO
images, this is also a prerequisite
for any of following tasks),
cdrecord/wodim (for writing to CD
discs), dvd+rw-tools: growisofs,
dvd+rw-format, dvd+rw-mediainfo (for
writing to DVD discs), xorriso (for
writing to CD and DVD discs), mkudffs
(for creating UDF images) - these
tools are required if you want to do
anything useful with cdw
- have installed md5sum or any of shaXsum programs (needed only if you
want to verify writing of ISO images to CD and DVD)
In order to compile cdw you have to:
- run modern GNU/Linux system with basic development tools (including Autotools)
- have installed -dev package for libcdio (version 0.81 and up)
- have installed -dev package for libiso9660 (version 0.81 and up)
- have installed -dev package for libncursesw (version 5 and up)
- have installed -dev package for libburn (version 4 and up)
- NOTE: having installed cdrecord/wodim,
mkisofs/genisoimage, dvd+rw-tools (growisofs, dvd+rw-format,
dvd+rw-mediainfo), md5sum is no longer a compile-time
requirement for cdw versions 0.3.93 and up
cdw is a free
software, released under
General Public License v2.0.
cdw was developed by vbali
until 0.2.4 release. Since
February/March 2007, after short period of inactivity,
this project is developed by
New versions of cdw (0.3.0 and up) might not have all
features of cdw 0.2.4, but the
features will be restored in future versions of cdw.
Kamil Ignacak, acerion at wp dot pl.
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