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Thomas Schmitt
Written in C, Unix Shell
Operating system FreeBSD, Linux, Solaris
Type Optical disc operations
License GPL

cdrskin is a command-line interface (CLI) recording tool for all recordable variants of CD, DVD, and Blu-ray media.[1] It is a part of the Libburnia project.

Libburnia overview

Libburnia is the name of a project to develop various pieces of disk recording software.

  • cdrskin is the end-user application of libburnia. It is CLI-only and its syntax is mostly identical to cdrecord to act as a drop-in replacement for existing front-ends.
  • libburn is the underlying programming library. It is used by cdrskin and 3rd party disk recording applications can also use this library directly.
  • libisofs is the library to create or modify ISO 9660 disk images.
  • libisoburn is an add-on to libburn and libisofs which coordinates both and also allows to grow ISO 9660 filesystem images on multi-session and overwriteable media.
  • xorriso is a CLI application that creates, loads, manipulates and writes ISO 9660 filesystem images with Rock Ridge extensions.


  • The underlying libburn library is used directly as sole recording back-end for Xfce’s graphical Xfburn application[2] which is included in the default installation of Xubuntu since version 10.10.[3]
  • GNOME's default disk recording application, Brasero, can use libburn directly without relying on cdrecord compatibility of cdrskin.[4]
  • FlBurn is a FLTK application that uses libburn directly.[5]
  • cdrskin is similar to cdrecord and wodim, and can be used in place of the aforementioned tool in GUI front-ends such as K3b.[6]


The first public release, 0.1.0, was released in January 2006.


  • Blanking of CD-RW and DVD-RW media.
  • Burning of data or audio tracks to CD, either in versatile Track-at-Once mode (TAO) or in Session-at-Once mode for seamless tracks.
  • Multi-session on CD (follow-up sessions in TAO only) or on DVD-R[W] (in Incremental mode) or on DVD+R.
  • Single session on DVD-RW or DVD-R (Disk-at-once) or on over-writable DVD+RW, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM.
  • Bus scan, burn-free, speed options, retrieving media info, padding, fifo.
  • Works with SATA DVD drives.

See also

Free software portal
Computer Science portal


External links

  • Official website
  • Man page

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