Can Jellyfin Play .iso Files

I am looking for a media server that can be used to play .iso files and have access to the DVD menus (via Android app) and have been trying to find out if Jellyfin can do this. So far, I’ve not been able to get an answer and am hoping someone on here can help. Can Jellyfin play .iso files?

Part 1: Can Jellyfin Play ISO Files

Broadly speaking, we know that ISO is the image file of a DVD or Blu-ray; it is basically an archive file of an optical disc. Simply put, it is a bunch of files contained in an optical disk. If you accidentally fail to open the file, possibly it means your ISO file is encrypted. Oops! This is disturbing, isn’t it? Can I say you really get into trouble if Jellyfin fails to open ISO file? Surely not. You still have a lot of solutions to resolve this issue if an error persists when you play ISO on Jellyfin.

Part 2: How to Play ISO Files on Jellyfin

When you fail to open ISO directly on Jellyfin, the best way out is to convert the ISO image file to Kodi-readable format and stream the converted file with Kodi later.

DumboFab DVD Ripper is a great choice that can convert ISO file to Plex supported formats like MP4 while maintaining original quality. Supporting hardware acceleration, multi-core CPU, and hyper-threading tech, it can finish this in a few minutes.

Convert DVD ISO to Jellyfin compatible format

Step 1. Import ISO movies

Launch the DVD ripping software and click the “Load DVD” button to have the DVD ISO media imported. VIDEO_TS folder, DVD discs are the source files for converting.

Step 2. Decide output format

Click Format bar and choose MP4 from Common Video, which can be recognized by Jellyfin well.

Step 3. Advanced Settings

With the right settings you can retain the quality of the original DVD while also saving space. This is particularly helpful when streaming over your network, depending on your network quality. Simply click Settings bar and you can tweak the settings to your satisfaction and even save it as preset.

Step 4. Start encoding ISO to Jellyfin

Hit on the “Convert” button at the bottom of the sidebar to initiate the ripping process. The time it will take is based on the file size. When the conversion is over, you can play back the ISO videos with Jellyfin sever freely.


We have to admit the fact that it is not always all-mighty and it has limitations when it comes to certain areas like it shows some problems during ISO playback in some scenarios. Don’t panic as it is not rare. We have perfect solutions to resolve the playback issue even without giving you time to get upset.

Firstly, you may choose to fix your Jellyfin by updating it to the latest version. Maybe the problem will be solved by itself then! Second, you may try a way around to convert your ISO to some kind of file that is compatible with Jellyfin natively. In this way, the problem will be 100% resolved. DumboFab DVD Ripper is a great choice for you to rip and convert any media files from one format to another without compromising quality. You will get 100% back as your original file shows. 

Author: Chris Gu

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