Burning or Writing DVDs Under Debian system

If you want to burn DVD's in debian you need to install the "dvd+rw-tools" package.

dvd+rw-tools makes it possible to burn DVD images created by dvdauthor or mkisofs to DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, and DVD-RW disks, replacing cdrecord-proDVD in many cases.

The package contains:

  * growisofs to burn DVD images or create a data DVD on the fly
  * dvd+rw-format to format a DVD+RW
  * dvd+rw-mediainfo to give details about DVD disks

and some programs to control the write speed and obtain information from DVD-RAM.

the maximum writing speed depends on the hardware capabilities and then on the firmware. Using an unsupported media will most likely not give you the highest speed printed on the labels or that capable by the writer. As an example: my writer says 16.1x is supported on my Fujifilm 8x DVD+R (8x rated) where as only 8.1x is supported on Fujifilm 8x DVD-R (8x rated).

Install dvd+rw-tools package in debian

#apt-get install dvd+rw-tools

Using growisofs

Initialize new DVD+RW media

#dvd+rw-format /dev/scd1

Write contents of a directory(or file) to a newly initialized DVD+RW

#growisofs -Z /dev/scd1 -R -J /the/file/or/directory/to/burn

Write more stuff to an initialized DVD+RW

#growisofs -M /dev/scd1 -R -J /the/new/file/or/directory/to/burn

Write an arbitrary pre-mastered image to a DVD+RW

You can write any data to the disk with this command. But likely you will want to stick to the old familiar iso9660.

#growisofs -Z /dev/scd1=image.iso

If you want to know more options about growisofs check the man page.If you want to check this man page click here

Using dvdrecord

It is also quite easy to use dvdrecord to burn an existing iso image.Dvdrecord is simply a fork of cdrecord that is designed to work with DVD media.


#readcd dev=0,1,0 f=somefile

#dvdrecord speed=2 dev=0,1,0 -v somefile

Create DVD from directory (DVD-R & DVD-RW)

#mkisofs -r -J -o iso_image directory/to/burn

#dvdrecord -v speed=2 dev=0,1,0 -v iso_image

If you want to know more options about mkisofs check the man page.If you want to check this man page click here

GUI tools to burn CD/DVD's

Reference links

DVD+RW/+R/-R[W] for Linux