Freemium app for mounting image files

Daemon Tools Lite is mounting and imaging software that will let you mount image files and VHDs, along with a few other features. Big brother Daemon Tools is a much broader program, and Daemon Tools Lite will allow you to try some of the features, but not all. In terms of features that you have free access to, Daemon Tools Lite seems a little limited in comparison.

Daemon Tools Lite download and install

Daemon Tools Lite downloads smoothly but the installation process took a little longer than we were expecting. One thing that caught our eye: it claims that Daemon Tools Lite - as opposed to Daemon Tools Pro - is the same program, but with ads and no guaranteed support. As we’ll soon see, that’s not exactly true.

Getting started with Daemon Tools Lite

Daemon Tools Lite looks pretty good for an iso mount, with a light modern interface that you’ll feel comfortable using. It also offers a use tutorial on start-up, which is very welcome. At first it can feel like the program offers a lot of complicated options. It’s also worth pointing out that the mounting software has companion Android and iPhone apps, for use with the Catch! Feature.

Daemon Tools Lite: the features

Getting to grips with the tools provided with Daemon Tools Lite is by far the most challenging part of the app. Once you open up the interface, you’ll see a number of symbols running down the left-hand side. Each symbol is a separate feature of the program, apart from the last symbol, which houses the program’s extensive settings. If you’re the type of user who enjoys personalizing your app feature, this one’s for you. Daemon Tools Lite’s settings include the opportunity to use a proxy, the (long list of associated file types, and the options for Catch!, the local sharing feature.

So, what can Daemon Tools Lite actually do?

That’s a bit of a tough question. Although Daemon Tools Lite has a long list of feature areas, when you click into each of them you’ll see exactly what you can or can’t access. You can also access the information via the license icon which is second from the bottom. It provides a slightly easier-to-view summary of what tools you do or don’t have access to.

This list is disappointingly long. There are two main things that you cannot do with the tool - burn ISO images to disc or create a bootable USB drive. Beyond that, there's a long list of things that are available on a 3-day trial basis only:

  • The ability to edit images
  • The ability to create a virtual HDD
  • An iSCSI initiator
  • The ability to emulate more than 4 simultaneous drives
  • The Catch! Setting (local sharing)
  • A virtual burner
  • Windows integration
  • So, what’s left? Well, you can use Daemon Tools Lite to play FLAC or APE Audio images, work with VHD, unzip archives and mount from ISO to BIN. Arguably, the most popular feature of Daemon Tools Lite is the mount ISO files and this you’ll be able to do without restriction. When it comes to burning discs, you won’t be so lucky - that’s not available with Daemon Tools Lite, but can be done with sister app, Daemon Tools.

    The perfect app for mounting image files

    Daemon Tools Lite looks like a sure bet - it looks good, has a kaleidoscope of interesting features, and helps new users with a useful tutorial. It’s a little disappointing, then, to realize the program is actually so limited once you start using it. It’s understandable that a company needs to differentiate its premium products from the free, but Daemon Tools Lite seems to leave it just a little bit late to let us know.

    That said, if your main use of mounting and imaging software is to mount image drives, then this app is perfect. If you don’t need the bells and whistles, it’s a great app. Just make sure you double-check before you download so you don’t end up disappointed later. If you are looking to burn ISO images, you’ll do better by looking at Virtual CloneDrive or UltraISO.

    What’s new

    The latest version of Daemon Tools Lite added Mount and add BIN, DAA and WIM files to Images, Mount FLAC, WAV, and APE tracks and Choose the folders to share with Ultra. It also fixed some minor bugs.

    Smart, free and popular product which is ideal for mounting CD/DVD/HDD drives and making common disc images.

    DAEMON Tools Lite enables you to emulate up to 4 CD/DVD/HDD virtual drives on your PC. Virtual drives will appear in your OS just like real ones. Select a virtual drive, then choose a disc image you want to mount. Find the created virtual drive with mounted disc image in My Computer and start working.

    Looks like working with a real drive and a real disc, doesn’t it? Yes, but it is much faster!

    Do you want to protect your image content from unauthorized use? DAEMON Tools enables you to set unique password and only the ones who know it will be able to mount that image and get all contained data.

    If you want images to take less hard drive space, just enable “Compress image data” option before start disc imaging process.

    You could also use images created with other programs. DAEMON Tools products work with a variety of image types.

    DAEMON Tools Lite supports all popular types of images together with VHD, VDMK and TrueCrypt files.

    With DAEMON Tools Lite, you can create ISO, MDS/MDF and MDX image files from original discs inserted in physical CD, DVD and Blu-ray drives.


    • Looks good
    • Nice tutorial
    • Mounts disk images perfectly


    • Lots of features aren't truly available
    • Install requires attention

    Older versions

    User reviews about DAEMON Tools Lite

    • Redneck Goteemaster

      by Redneck Goteemaster

      did not install on my computer said something about .net framework not supported on my OS i have windows 10 with fx8350 bulldozer cpu and 16 gbs of ra More

    • adrian kacmoli

      by adrian kacmoli

      they help me to much time
      i do ervry ting with this ,

    • boost Games

      by boost Games

      its great software in working for games my games is need iso but no problem this is great

    • Anonymous

      by Anonymous

      Need key to download.
      It asks serial key. Dont waste ur time. Without serial key u cant even install it. To be short , this is not free.

    • Anonymous

      by Anonymous

      it's free.
      when the screen comes up saying commercial or personal Don't click next, click on the blue highlighted words on the bottom THEN click More

    • Anonymous

      by Anonymous

      Years beeing the best and easy for new need to search fo another programs .


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