Coding with Jesse

CloneCD For Mac OS X

November 22nd, 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!


1 . Domingo on March 25th, 2006


Thanks... it has been useful to me!

2 . Topher on April 22nd, 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 on June 11st, 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 on June 11st, 2006

Jesse Skinner

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 on June 19th, 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 on July 6th, 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 on July 8th, 2006


NICE WORK! It's works well with Toast.

8 . llegovski on July 9th, 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 on July 16th, 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 on July 27th, 2006


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

11 . andy on July 27th, 2006


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

12 . Larry on July 28th, 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 on July 28th, 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 on July 31st, 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 on August 3rd, 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 on August 18th, 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 on August 19th, 2006

JB Jones

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 on August 23rd, 2006


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

19 . Dude on August 24th, 2006


Solution: Run Boot Camp

20 . MM on August 25th, 2006


Solution: Dude buy me an Intel-Mac

21 . Dude hater on October 2nd, 2006

Dude hater

Yeah dude, buy me one too.

22 . amit elek on October 21st, 2006

amit elek

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 on November 6th, 2006


Have any of you tried live run linux for burning your illegal copies of games?

24 . clairewb on November 30th, 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 on March 18th, 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 on May 30th, 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 on June 5th, 2007


the trick works on the image disc psx games?

28 . Finnboghi on June 27th, 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 on July 17th, 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 on July 18th, 2007

Dimitrios Laskaris

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 on August 22nd, 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 (

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

7. Press Burn.

32 . JP on August 24th, 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 on September 21st, 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 on September 27th, 2007

akash Kaul

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

35 . akash Kaul on September 27th, 2007

akash Kaul

oh i ment brian .. sorry

36 . 8475647476574 on September 30th, 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 on November 16th, 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 on January 11st, 2008

pedro torres

esta muy chidop

39 . wad11656 on February 3rd, 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 on March 12nd, 2008


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

41 . Eric on April 14th, 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 on April 20th, 2008


Great stuff guys, thanks!

43 . Minimal I on April 25th, 2008

Minimal I

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 on April 25th, 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 on June 14th, 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:

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 on July 9th, 2008


Thank you Alec. That worked like a charm.

47 . anthony on September 28th, 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 on September 28th, 2008


mine says burning process cannot be completed. alert.

49 . KITT on March 11st, 2009


I have a 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 I guess
It's still in development.

In VPC i've made a shared Folder where Clone CD can put the 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



50 . nathan Pettijohn on May 31st, 2009

nathan Pettijohn

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 on January 6th, 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 on January 6th, 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 on February 2nd, 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 on May 7th, 2010

Eric Layne

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 on November 16th, 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 on November 20th, 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.

Comments are closed, but I'd still love to hear your thoughts.