K3B - the easy way to burn CDs and DVDs in KDE

K3B is an application that ships in the default KDE packages in most distributions, however it's a very useful tool that can often be overlooked.

K3B is a CD and DVD burning application that makes it easy to burn data, audio and disc images onto writable CDs and DVDs. It is a very mature, stable and fully featured application.

Open up K3B and you are presented with a split view, with directories listed on the left in a tree structure, the current directory's contents on the right and a welcome page at the bottom.

K3B main window screenshot

On selecting a task, such as creating a data CD, the bottom view turns into a view of the files that will be on your CD (data, in this case, but obviously it will be different for audio and other projects). You then drag and drop files from the filesystem into your project as it's called. Once you're done, you can Burn the project.

The whole burning process is very clear and should be easy for anyone familiar burning CDs with software such as Nero over on Windows to pick up and understand.

There are also options for burning images and doing 1-to-1 disc copies available from the Tools menu.

One of the main benefits of K3B is that it is such a mature project. While the tree-like interface might not be to everyone's tastes and it does occasionally seem a little outdated, the application is simple to use and intuitive for people who have used other burning software before elsewhere. It is extremely stable in my experience, and it gets the job done.

For KDE users, K3B is highly recommended for an easy, yet powerful way to burn data, audio and more to disc. GNOME users may want to try Gnomebaker, and if you're into using the command line, give cdrecord a try.

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  1. # Posted on 09 January 2008 at 02:09 PM

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  2. lefty.crupps (guest)

    # Posted on 10 January 2008 at 06:43 AM

    "Here let me review this software and say how good it is; if you use Gnome try something else." Funny but sad.

    When will Free Desktop standards make file-open (and file-save) dialog boxes universal or interchangeable? This is the biggest hurdle in using Gnome apps on KDE, and I would bet the Gnome people would agree. That, and the loading of a new toolkit into RAM when starting a program, but RAM is cheap now and I keep both running.

  3. Matias Korhonen (guest)

    # Posted on 10 January 2008 at 08:12 AM

    I really wish there was an FOSS burning program like this for Windows. Many of us are stuck on it for many reasons...

  4. ganoderma (guest)

    # Posted on 10 January 2008 at 10:01 AM

    I've installed K3B in (gnome's) Ubuntu. It works excellently!

  5. fred (guest)

    # Posted on 10 January 2008 at 10:03 AM

    i tried to download, says does not work with my operating system. Tried XP and vista. : - (

  6. anonymous (guest)

    # Posted on 10 January 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Obvious troll is obvious

  7. anon (guest)

    # Posted on 10 January 2008 at 10:39 AM

    It's still ugly as sin.

  8. Goggle5 (guest)

    # Posted on 10 January 2008 at 03:12 PM

    Program is OK ... but will not burn MP3's to CD ... must convert to .WAV ????? Is there a patch or plug-in to circumvent this???

  9. JimmyX (guest)

    # Posted on 10 January 2008 at 04:17 PM

    Linux - the most over rated, under functioning, time wasting, nerd-centric mess of code ever devised. Linux &lt; S***.

  10. juan_tapulan (guest)

    # Posted on 10 January 2008 at 10:45 PM

    it compliments AmaroK too. there's an option in Amarok to create a playlist and burn it in K3B either as an Audio CD or MP3 (data disk). try it, its freaking awesome!

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