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Nero Burning ROM, commonly called just Nero, is an optical disc authoring program for Microsoft Windows by Nero AG, formerly Ahead Software. As of version 6, the program has been a part of Nero software suite.

Nero Express, a simplified edition of Nero Burning ROM targeted for entry-level customers, is also available with Nero software suite. Although Nero Express is not as powerful as the full-featured Nero Burning ROM, it features a more streamlined user interface that appeals to most users and offers a broader range of features than those offered by Windows. Nero Express is also integrated into Nero software suite, especially into OEM editions of this software which lack Nero Burning ROM.


Image burning

Nero Burning ROM works with a number of optical disc image formats, including the common ISO image and Nero's proprietary NRG file format. Depending on version more formats may be natively supported.

To use more formats, particularly lossless FLAC, Wavpack, and Shorten, it is necessary to install additional program modules. The modules, called plug-in or codecs, are often freely available. Nero AG sells some video and proprietary audio plug-ins.

When in the past a Nero backup of a music CD would play on your home stereo as well as in your car, this is no longer the case. Backing up your music CDs will produce a CD that is only playable on a PC.

Nero Linux

Nero Linux is a more recent standalone incarnation of Nero Burning ROM that works on various distributions of Linux. Nero Linux does not work on Microsoft Windows and therefore is not included with Nero software suite.

A Linux port of Nero Burning ROM application, Nero Linux, was announced as a free "upgrade" from the Microsoft Windows version in March 2005. The application replicates most features of the Windows version, and uses the GTK+ g. As of 26 February 2008 a trial version is freely downloadable.


The program's name is intended to be a play on words.Recording optical media is often known as "burning", while pressed CDs were often referred to as CD-ROMs. The Roman Emperor Nero has sometimes been suspected of setting the Great Fire of Rome. This pun is more obvious in the original German as the German name for Romemarker is Rom. The program logo is an image of the Roman Colosseummarker in flames.

Version history

Nero Burning ROM

Version number Release date Notes
Nero Burning ROM 1
1.0 1997 First release of version 1.
1.0 1997 Last release of version 1.
Nero Burning ROM 2 1997 First release of version 2. 1997 Last release of version 2.
Nero Burning ROM 3 1997 First release of version 3. 1998 Last release of version 3.
Nero Burning ROM 4 1999 First release of version 4.
CD-ROM UDF and UDF/ISO (Bridge) support added.

Nero Cover Editor. 20 March 2000 Last release of version 4.
New features include twin VQ Encoding/Decoding, audio echo filter, and audio drag & drop implemented for Windows 2000.
Nero Burning ROM 5 2000 First release of version 5.
5.5 30 April 2001 Released as a major update. New features included Nero Wave Editor, Advanced Nero Cover Designer, Nero MPEG1 Video Encoder, VCD / SVCD Menu Creation, Audio Plug-In Interface, Embedded Nero API (Application Program Interface), Nero Toolkit 25 August 2001 First version to support DVD burning. 4 July 2002 The first version which supports codec plugins (for example for writing FLAC, WavPack, MP4 etc. files to Audio CD-s). 2 March 2004 Last release of version 5.
Nero Burning ROM 6 25 July 2003 First release of version 6.
Early versions of Nero version 6 would only burn data DVDs using the ISO 9660 file system.

Though DVD drives seemed to have no difficulty reading single-layer discs, the compatibility of dual-layer discs was more patchy. 17 February 2005 Added LightScribe support. 21 March 2007 Last release of version 6.
Nero Burning ROM 7 31 October 2005 First release of version 7.
For unknown reasons, Nero 7 Ultra Edition Enhanced (for North America) has no LabelFlash or DiscT@2 support, as opposed to Nero 7 Premium (for Europe). 18 September 2006 Introduced support for LightScribe and Blu-ray Disc recording. 16 October 2006 Designed to run on Windows Vista. 18 January 2007 Officially certified for Windows Vista.
Fixed all prior reported flaws, updated Booktype support, and added further options for high definition discs. 20 March 2007 Bugfix release. 4 July 2007 Bugfix release. 30 May 2008 Last release of version 7.
Nero Burning ROM 8 1 October 2007 First release of version 8. 19 December 2007 Implemented support for DualLayer DVD-RW media including layer jump junction. 12 March 2008 Minor bugfixes, improved playback compatibility for Blu-ray. 14 July 2008 Minor bugfixes while NeroShowTime gained a support for DXVA 2.0 and ATI UVD. 17 December 2008 Last release of version 8.
Nero Burning ROM 9 29 September 2008 First release of version 9. 29 October 2008 Prior release of version 9. 17 December 2008 Prior release of version 9. 2 June 2009 Prior release of version 9. 16 July 2009 Prior release of version 9. 28 August 2009 Prior release of version 9. 9 October 2009 Current release of version 9.

Note: Although Nero AG appears to no longer maintain a history of older versions on their website, release notes are archived by several third-party sites.

Nero Linux

Version number Release date Notes
Nero Linux
1.0 12 March 2005 First release
Nero Linux 2 21 February 2007 Last release of Nero Linux version 2
Nero Linux 3 24 May 2007 GTK+ 2 port, Unicode support, Blu-ray burning. 6 November 2007 13 February 2008 Based on NeroAPI version 7.20, Some command line arguments.
3.5 5 April 2008 22 December 2008 18 June 2009 17 September 2009 Current Linux release.

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