• CloneCD For Mac OS X

    Nov 22 2005

    If you find yourself with a Clone CD set of files (.CCD, .CUE, .IMG & .SUB), and you're using OSX, you'll probably realise quickly that you can't burn these files. This is because CloneCD is unfortunately only available for Windows.

    Luckily, there is still a way around this. Here's the steps I had to follow:

    1. Download Firestarter FX. You can also use any program that can burn .BIN/.CUE files
    2. Install Firestarter. For me, this wasn't so straightforward. StuffIt crashed when I tried to open the ZIP file, so I had to unzip it from the command line. If the ZIP file is on the Desktop, just open Terminal and type "cd Desktop" and then "unzip FireStarter*.zip". This created a folder on the desktop containing the program.
    3. Rename your .IMG file to .BIN. This is the hack: CloneCD .IMG files are really normal .BIN files in disguise. It's just the file extension that confuses cd burning programs. By renaming, Firestarter will be able to open it.
    4. Open Firestarter, drag the .BIN and .CUE files onto the Firestarter window, and burn.

    That's it! Now you should have a perfect burnt CD without having to copy the files over to a Windows computer!

  • Comments

    1. Domingo at 11:54am on March 25, 2006

    Thanks... it has been useful to me!

    2. Topher at 5:16pm on April 22, 2006

    Hmm... The .cue file links you to an .img file, therefore If your CD burning app can't find it...

    1. rename your .cue file with a ".txt" extension instead.
    2. open it - and replace the link in ".img" with ".bin" - make sure the file name is exactly the same as the original.
    3. save, close and change the ".txt" extension back to ".cue".

    Burn it again ! :)

    3. tommytahoe at 1:23pm on June 11, 2006

    Hey Jesse,

    I think that was you who wrote that very clear rundown of how to get around Windows Clone CD image files. Thanks!
        Your Firestarter FX circumvention worked great for my imac, but before I proceed to drag-and-drop these bin-cue's into firestarter fx (or alternately Toast 7.0.2, i think), i wanted  to know what i should do with the accompanying .ccd and .sub data files. I know they aren't the images, but word is they are necessary to some degree. i figured if they were all together, they should be burned to the same place together too, no? Let me know what i should do with them. Thanks again, and great webpage!


    4. Jesse Skinner at 1:38pm on June 11, 2006

    Good question, Tom. I'm no expert in this domain, but from what I understand, they contain some extra information used to burn the CD in Clone CD. They don't seem to be totally necessary for getting the CD burnt and functional. So, I guess, you can ignore them. I might be wrong though, and if you find out more, please let me know.

    5. mike at 12:43pm on June 19, 2006

    what about if there is not .cue file?  i only have a .ccd, .img, and .sub files...i can't burn anything unless i have a .cue file according to firestarter

    6. Bearwil at 3:49am on July 6, 2006

    I just found a new proggie on the web that handles .CUE files in combination with .WAV perfectly. I just tried it on an audio file that was fragmented with CloneCD and the result was fine. The best thing: it's freeware. Here's what they say about it:
    This is an utility for batch extraction of individual tracks from .CUE/.WAV audio disk images, which for instance, are created by Exact Audio Copy software.
    While PC users still have other methods of playing tracks from CUE files (by e.g. using Foobar2000 player, or mounting an image via Daemon Tools), Mac OS X users' choice is quite obscure, so therefore this utility comes.

    Here's where you can download it:


    7. Bacon at 9:06am on July 8, 2006

    NICE WORK! It's works well with Toast.

    8. llegovski at 1:31pm on July 9, 2006

    QUOTE: "what about if there is not .cue file? i only have a .ccd, .img, and .sub files...i can't burn anything unless i have a .cue file according to firestarter"

    I would like to second this question, do I need a .cue file?  What do I do with just .ccd, .img, and .sub files?

    9. MB at 1:11pm on July 16, 2006

    "QUOTE: 'what about if there is not .cue file? i only have a .ccd, .img, and .sub files...i can't burn anything unless i have a .cue file according to firestarter'

    "I would like to second this question, do I need a .cue file? What do I do with just .ccd, .img, and .sub files?"

    I would also like an answer ... anyone?

    10. andy at 11:32am on July 27, 2006

    re: CCD/.IMG/.SUB, I found this. Haven't tried it yet but it looks like it will do the trick...

    11. andy at 11:36am on July 27, 2006

    oops, sorry thats a windows prog. The top one was Mac, and my search was for burn ccd mac. Confusing.

    12. Larry at 4:16am on July 28, 2006

    I was wondering what the sub-channel data really does for a
    data format disc; or rather, what happens when you try to burn
    an img file and omit the sub file.  I tried one using Toast and
    it failed during burn with an under-run, but that could have been
    for some other reason.  Is sub-channel data optional for a data
    disc as opposed to an audio disc?  Larry.

    13. Larry at 5:16pm on July 28, 2006

    OK, I tried again using Toast 6.1.1 and it worked fine ...
    one should terminate other programs, energy savers, etc.
    before burning any recordable media.  I say we do not
    need to use the .sub file when burning a data CD-ROM,
    I only used the img file; Larry.

    14. Alez at 5:23pm on July 31, 2006

    mmm.... If the .img file is created with CLONECD in windows... the .SUB file is very important if you backup game cd's (psx) and .CCD indicate togeter with .SUB the SUBchannel with important info about the .img like copy protection script..


    15. Mat at 6:37am on August 3, 2006

    I would like to know if I can just extract the information (for example, a movie) of a .cue/.bin pair files without burning it on a cd/dvd?

    Thank you

    16. MM at 1:21pm on August 18, 2006

    I´d like to burn a CloneCD image with OSX. The two files are .000  and  .dvd (4KB).
    How can I burn them on a DL DVD?

    17. JB Jones at 11:30pm on August 19, 2006

    I have to burn those same files also. .000 and .dvd files on DL. Anyone know? guess its time to make some coasters. ouch.

    18. Indigo at 11:21am on August 23, 2006

    I have the same problem with .000 and .dvd files and DL.
    Any ideas how to write these?

    19. Dude at 3:31pm on August 24, 2006

    Solution:  Run Boot Camp

    20. MM at 10:23am on August 25, 2006

    Solution: Dude buy me an Intel-Mac

    21. Dude hater at 9:33am on October 2, 2006

    Yeah dude, buy me one too.

    22. amit elek at 2:42pm on October 21, 2006

    bootcamp will not work either.
    dual-layer images are over 5 gb, and fat32 can only read files of under 3-4 gb size.

    the only way to burn dual-layer is to use ntfs. and if u partition your hd in ntfs in bootcamp, your mac partition will not be able to read the ntfs partition, so you won't be able to move the files u got to the bootcamp.

    23. Женя at 7:31pm on November 6, 2006

    Have any of you tried live run linux for burning your illegal copies of games? http://knoppix.ru/

    24. clairewb at 8:59pm on November 30, 2006

    I was wondering how to burn a downloaded DVD rip (from a torrent) site to a DVD R.  I have OS 10.4 and the files came in .cue and .bin files.  any help would be great!

    25. Dimitris at 9:46pm on March 18, 2007

    Hi guys,

    I only have CCD/.IMG/.SUB but no CUE file, anybody managed to burn with Firestarter FX or any other way??


    26. steve at 3:05pm on May 30, 2007

    I would like to know if I can just extract the information (for example, a movie) of a .cue/.bin pair files without burning it on a cd/dvd?

    Thank you

    27. George at 1:23pm on June 5, 2007

    the trick works on the image disc psx games?

    28. Finnboghi at 1:00am on June 27, 2007

    "mmm.... If the .img file is created with CLONECD in windows... the .SUB file is very important if you backup game cd's (psx) and .CCD indicate togeter with .SUB the SUBchannel with important info about the .img like copy protection script.."

    So...  Does this mean it's not possible to burn/mount files that have been ripped as .ccd/.sub/.img?


    29. gh at 3:25pm on July 17, 2007

    "I only have CCD/.IMG/.SUB but no CUE file, anybody managed to burn with Firestarter FX or any other way??"

    I also need to know how to do this, but nobody here has been able to answer this question asked by 4 people already... is it not possible?

    30. Dimitrios Laskaris at 6:53pm on July 18, 2007

    5 people you may say - I've been having the same problem with ccd/img/sub files, and I just found the solution. I tried literally all mac methods suggested on the internet since 2001 and only one of them worked. The answer is simple: Get commercial software Roxio Toast Titatnium, one way or another. Apparently Toast it is the only mac software capable of mounting and burning .img files. Once you've got this software, start it, click on the "copy" tag and drag the .img file onto it (ignore .ccd and .sub). Click on the copy button (red button on the lower right corner) and that's it, you've got yourself a CD. This worked for me on an ibook G4 running OS X.4.

    31. Brian at 3:30pm on August 22, 2007

    "I only have CCD/.IMG/.SUB but no CUE file, anybody managed to burn with Firestarter FX or any other way??"


    1. Download free Burn application (http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net/).

    2. Rename your x.IMG file to x.BIN

    3. Create a plain text file and paste this:

      TRACK 01 MODE2/2352
        INDEX 01 00:00:00

    Replace x.BIN with the-name-of-your-bin-file.BIN

    4. Save this in the same directory as your .BIN file.

    5. Change the extension of this text file from .txt to .cue

    6. Open the .cue in the Copy tab of Burn.app

    7. Press Burn.

    32. JP at 12:48pm on August 24, 2007

    This works.

    1. Change .img to .bin
    2. Mount .bin using Toast - Utilities, Mount Disc Image [you will told Toast could not verify the format.....CLICK CONTINUE, You will then see a window telling you about postgap/pregap, do not enter any values - simply click OK]
    3. Open Apples Disk Utility and you will see you disk mounted.
    4. Select your disc - the disc to select is the lower of the disc you wish to convert.
    5. If all has gone to plan - you will see a window asking you to save as - disk6s0
    6. Save disc - Disk Utility will produce a dmg file.
    7. Eject .bin using Disk Utility
    8. Using toast, locate disk6s0.dmg [or the name you have given your .dmg]
    9. In toast - go to COPY [two cd disks], click Image File button- top left of window and select image file
    10. Select dmg, next 2 steps - CONTINUE and OK
    11. Toast - Save as disk

    33. jconstan at 6:22pm on September 21, 2007

    Another solution: use the *nix utility 'ccd2iso' to convert it to an ISO disk image. This utility is available via DarwinPorts. It took me about 20 seconds to convert a full CD from cloneCD format to ISO.

    34. akash Kaul at 1:06pm on September 27, 2007

    hey JP .. what if i want to mount it instead of burning it ?

    35. akash Kaul at 1:07pm on September 27, 2007

    oh i ment brian .. sorry

    36. 8475647476574 at 3:19pm on September 30, 2007

    @ akash Kaul

    If you just want to mount the image file, simply use Toast 7 or 8, choose "Copy" (not "Data"), choose "Image-Files" and either drag xyz.img onto Toast and click "Mount" or rename the file to xyz.dmg, drag this onto Toast and click "Mount". Toast will mount both xyz.img and xyz.dmg, but only the mounted .dmg will burn a readable CD and only this can be seen as a disk in disk utility. But you can access the contents and drag them to your harddisk from both.

    37. osxppc at 2:12pm on November 16, 2007

    jconstan, you are a genious!

    MacPorts also has ccd2iso.

    just typed this in the terminal (you must have installed MacPorts first to have the port command)

    sudo port install ccd2iso  # to install ccd2iso
    ccd2iso image.img mycd.iso  # to convert the img to iso

    38. pedro torres at 7:21pm on January 11, 2008

    esta muy chidop

    39. wad11656 at 4:59pm on February 3, 2008

    Amazing info.!! I probably would have been totally lost and would never have been able to burn .cue files without this little guide...THANKS A TON!!


    40. mark at 8:10am on March 12, 2008

    yeah, thanks a lot for all this info, it has been very useful

    41. Eric at 11:31pm on April 14, 2008

    Hi Jesse,
    I want to thank you very much.
    I have been scouring the web for hours now trying to find out how to open/mount an .img file in Mac OS X. The above explained it very clearly!
    Thanks again.

    42. xtfer at 10:23am on April 20, 2008

    Great stuff guys, thanks!

    43. Minimal I at 1:54am on April 25, 2008

    Its Very Simple.... Use UltraIso, If U have Windows Partition on Ur MAC.... 

    UltraIso 9.1.2 Build 2465 :


    Pass : Minimal i

    Open UltraIso,
    Choose Convert Option,
    Select .img...
    Select Bin/Cue as Output Format....

    Use Toast to Mount the Bin/Cue Files....


    44. nesguep at 12:43pm on April 25, 2008

    that's the problem.. i can't use ultraiso because the f*cking CCD,IMG,SUB image is Windows XP.
    I'm stuck in here

    45. Alec at 6:49am on June 14, 2008


    I tried all of these methods without much succes. The one which finally worked for me was installing Macports and then ccd2iso.

    But it wasn't easy. I've done a detailed write up on how to convert a Clone CD image to ISO on both Mac OS X and Linux: http://foliovision.com/2008/04/26/clone-cd-to-iso/

    There are a number of helpful tips in the comments as well.

    Thanks to jconstan for the suggestion and to Jesse for this original post!


    PS. Jesse, you might want to consider reenabling some basic html. It makes for more readable comments. With WP-SpamFree you don't need to worry about spam at all.

    46. ttrtilley at 1:13am on July 9, 2008

    Thank you Alec. That worked like a charm.

    47. anthony at 9:14am on September 28, 2008

    hey i have files .dvd and iso and .txt. my mac doesnt ready any of this and renaming doesnt help when i try to burn it wont allow me. no mac program can read these files. any help?

    48. anthony at 9:40am on September 28, 2008

    mine says burning process cannot be completed. alert.

    49. KITT at 4:47pm on March 11, 2009

    I have a sugestion...run VPC instead of Bootcamp..
    for me on a G4 Powerbook 1600.

    This will defenitely do the job for Clone CD..
    The only problem at the moment for me is that Virtual PC
    won't recognise my DVD Writer as a burning device, it will
    however..[after a service update for VPC] allow Clone CD
    to use it..I've just Installed it a couple hours ago..so I guess
    It's still in development.

    In VPC i've made a shared Folder where Clone CD can put the Files...so if this works the prog will directly put the Files on my Mac....Then I guess I'm going to need this information
    to burn it to CD..

    If only someone knewe where i can find Win 2000 pro driver Files for my


    .....any sugestions..ee...urk...?

    50. nathan Pettijohn at 12:23am on May 31, 2009

    I had a game that was an img file and some other files.  All i had to do was rename the img to a bin.  then i used toast titanium to mount the bin file and it worked great.  all i had to do was use dosbox and the game runs fine.

    51. waveocean at 7:50pm on January 6, 2010

    Again proving that Mac is not more simplistic than owning a PC with windows.  It's a time and money waster.  Can't wait for a mactard to attack me, lol.  I have an i7 based pc at 3.8ghz that renders video or anything else twice as fast as a stupid core2duo imac at $1600 and couldn't be happier.  What's more is that it only cost $830.  Windows 7 is a charm.  And NO, I'm not a MS fanboy.  I don't have to be.  It just makes sense.  You have to be a mac fan boy to dish out double for a system that runs 1/2 as fast and then won't run most applications.  Even funnier is I hackintoshed it and my mac loving friend was shocked at a pc running osx faster than his, HAHA.  But it was only for fun and temporary.

    52. waveocean at 7:52pm on January 6, 2010

    oh wait.  what's that? you can there is an i7 based imac?  Yes I know.  It came out 1 year AFTER I could be the same thing for PC since the pc version was available as of nov 2008.  And apple charges $2000 for it, hehe.  funny.

    53. gtm1260 at 10:49pm on February 2, 2010

    hey, I followed the method of creating the txt file and buring that with burn. However, i ran into a problem. does this have to be burned on a CD, or can it be burned on a DVD. If it does have to be burned on a cd, i have to get some. If it has to be burned on a DVD, i did something wrong.


    54. Eric Layne at 10:22am on May 7, 2010

    Comment #30 worked for me on Mac OS X 10.4.11, thank you Dimitrios Laskaris.
    Toast Titanium 8.0.1 was able to burn my IMG file onto a dvd.
    I spent the last 3 hours trying the other methods listed on this page with no success, including the nightmarish CCD tutorial on the FolioVision site.

    55. GoFigure at 7:49pm on November 16, 2010

    You can use AnyToISO. GUI based using drag'n'drop interface. No hassles it really does live up to its name and it's free to download too. Enjoy :)

    56. Alec at 11:35pm on November 20, 2010

    I'm sorry our tutorial didn't work for you. It has for many people. Buying a $100 piece of software doesn't sound like a great solution. On the other hand, if AnyToISO works for your disk image (not sure it would have worked for mine), that's a great help.

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