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VLC ISO – How to Play ISO Files on VLC Player

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Updated on Jun 16, 2023

Can VLC play ISO? Absolutely, VLC enables you to do that. The following article shares four handy methods to play ISO files on VLC. Meanwhile, it will provide the easiest way to play ISO on any device and player without issues. Quickly install the powerful ISO converter here:

Oftentimes, people may download ISO movies online or back up DVDs as ISO Image to save storage space and preserve them conveniently. Many of you also play ISO with conventional approaches, such as mounting the .iso file on a virtual drive like UltraISO or Daemon Tools. To make things simple, VLC Media Player can help you play ISO with easy operations. Please follow the methods below to make VLC play ISO files.

Four Direct and Easy Methods on How to Play an ISO File on VLC Player

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Method 1: Open Files from “Media” and Play ISO

Launch the VLC ISO files player and click “Media” and select “Open Files”. Then input the files you want to play. When choosing ISO files, you can also open the targeted files by the shortcut key, “Ctrl + O”. Besides this method, you can also keep reading to find more methods on how to play an ISO file on VLC player.

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Method 2: Drag the Files into VLC Directly for Playback

Open VLC media Player. Directly drag the files into this application. It’s the handiest method that can save you more time.

Tips: Besides getting VLC ISO files played, we have also provided a tutorial on how to play and rip DVD with VLC Media Player. If you have such demands, please visit the following page to know more details.

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Method 3: Right Click on the ISO Files for VLC ISO playback

Right click on the ISO files. Choose “Open with” and choose VLC Media Player to open this file.

Tips: If you don’t find VLC Media Player in “Open with” list, just choose “Default program” where you can find VLC Media Player.

Related Source: How to Fix VLC Won’t Play DVD on Windows 10/11

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Method 4: Associate .iso Extension with VLC

To make VLC play ISO files all the time, you just need to associate .iso extension with VLC: Right click on the ISO file and click “Properties”. Then go “Open with” > “Change” > choose VLC Media Player. Next time, you can directly double left click on the files to play it in this VLC ISO player.

The Recommended Method: Convert ISO Files to Digital Videos for VLC Playback

It’s well known that an ISO Image is an archive file of a DVD which contains all the contents of a DVD including DVD menus, warning, Ads, feature and some irrelevant stuff. Moreover, ISO files always take up more hard drive space compared with digital videos. And in some cases, VLC won’t play ISO files. So it’s a good option to convert ISO image file to digital videos to save more storage room ad play ISO movies on more devices with ease. As a good converter that will help you achieve a multiplier effect on converting videos, WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro is highly recommended. This powerful software enables you to convert ISO/DVD folder/DVD disc to digital videos like MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, WMV effortlessly. Moreover, it’s able to copy DVD to ISO/DVD folder with 1:1 original content quickly.

Now, free download the software and follow the simple guide below.

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Easy Three Steps to Convert ISO to Digital Videos for Playback

Select a DVD Source

Before you start, please free downloadfree download WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro and install it on your PC. This Windows-based software is well-supported by Windows 11/10/8/8.1/7/Vista...

Step 1. Load ISO Files

Import the ISO files you want to play on VLC into this program. WonderFox DVD Ripper supports three types of input files: DVD disc, ISO image and DVD Folder. Click “ISO Image” to add the source.

Convert ISO to 500+ formats and devices

Step 2. Choose an Output Format

The ISO image will be detected and analyzed in seconds. Soon, the main movie will be selected. Now, click on “Output Format” to choose a digital format. This program allows you to convert ISO to AVI, MP4, MKV, and other 300+ video/audio formats as wish.

Want to play ISO movies on your phone and tablet? Just choose the appropriate device icon to convert ISO to the device you want. Here I want to convert ISO to MP4 video that is compatible with most player and devices.

Click “Run” to Start Conversion

Step 3. Click on “Run” to Start the Conversion and Play ISO Files

With the advanced acceleration conversion tech, it only takes only 10-20 minutes to rip a 150 mins ISO movie to MP4. Now you can play the ISO image file on VLC conveniently or pocket kinds of ISO movies and play ISO on PC or portable devices anytime and anywhere.

Does VLC play ISO? The answer is absolute yes! All the methods above are useful for VLC ISO files playback. Personally, I prefer converting ISO to digital videos for smaller size and handy playback. Please free feel to contact us if you have any idea and question on conversion or play ISO on VLC.


WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro can deal with more tasks:

Extract audio from DVD/ISO image/DVD folder.

Add or remove subtitles with ease.

Edit DVDs by adding special effect, cropping and clipping.

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