How to Play ISO File on macOS Big Sur, Catalina, and Others
An ISO file (or ISO image) is an exact copy of a CD, DVD, or Blu-ray. It archives everything into a single file, making it easy to manage. And it can be burned back to DVD when necessary. Therefore, we often convert disc to ISO file. Mac's built-in DVD Player app by itself cannot open and play ISO files. Well, how to play ISO files on Mac?
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Method 1. Mount ISO as a Virtual Drive and Open DVD Player to Play It as a DVD
It is unnecessary to install a piece of specific ISO mounting software to mount ISO as a virtual drive. You simply need to use Mac's built-in Disk Utility or a command line.
How to mount ISO on Mac with Disk Utility?
Step 1. Go to the directory /Applications/Utilities/ and find Disk Utility.
Step 2. Launch Disk Utility, click the File menu, click Open Disk Image… and select target ISO file you want to play on Mac later. Then on your Mac desktop you should find the ISO file appears mounted.
How to mount ISO on Mac with a command line?
Step 1. Open up a Terminal window.
Step 2. Type hdiutil mount filename.iso in the Terminal. You should type the path to your ISO to replace filename.iso. For example, ~/Downloads/sample.iso
After mounting ISO to a virtual drive, DVD Player can play the contents as a DVD.
Method 2. Convert ISO to Mac Playable Format
An ISO file of a movie DVD is very big in size, from 5GB to 8GB. If you want to save space, you can convert ISO to a mainstreaming video format like MP4 which is much smaller in size and easy to play on Mac.
How to convert ISO for Mac?
Step 1. Open WinX Free DVD Ripper for Mac and click ISO image to select and open target ISO file to convert.
Step 2. On Output Profile panel, scroll down to Mac General Video and choose a desired output format. Click Done.
Step 3. Hit RUN and it will work immediately. After a while, you will get a new file, around 1GB (based on your settings).
Method 3. Download and Install an ISO File Player for Mac
Although you can't run ISO file on Mac's DVD Player, you can also install a third-party app to play ISO file on Mac, such as 5KPlayer. 5KPlayer is a free media player compatible with Mac and Windows.
How to open ISO file on Mac?
Step 1. Download and install 5KPlayer on your Mac.
Step 2. Open 5KPlayer. Now you can drag and drop the source ISO file to 5KPlayer. Then it will start playing. Alternatively, you can click DVD button on 5KPlayer main interface, click ISO file tab, and then choose the ISO file to play.
Above are the 3 ways to play ISO files on Mac computer. Hope one of them can work with you.