Alcohol 120%

Alcohol 120% is an optical disc authoring program and disk image emulator created by Alcohol Soft.

Alcohol 120%
Image Making Wizard in Alcohol 120%
Developer(s)Alcohol Soft
Stable release / July 4, 2019 (2019-07-04)[1]
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeDisc image emulator and optical disc authoring software

Alcohol 120% can also mount disc images, with support for their proprietary Media Descriptor Image (.mds/.mdf) disc image format. It is capable of converting image files to the ISO format. Alcohol Soft has cited it will not be developing an image editor for Alcohol 120%.

The latest versions of Alcohol 120% contain the A.C.I.D. wizard. A.C.I.D., or "Alcohol Cloaking Initiative for DRM" (based originally on the Y.A.S.U. application), operates as an "SCSI-drive protector" which hides emulated drives from SecuROM 7 and SafeDisc 4.

Supported file types

The file formats supported by Alcohol 120%'s image mounting feature are listed in the adjacent table.

Alcohol 120%'s image making tool supports the following formats:

  • .mds/.mdf (default)
  • .iso
  • .ccd/.img/.sub
  • .cue/.bin
    • Note: When making disk images of DVDs, Alcohol 120% only supports the .mdf/.mds or .iso format.
Supported file formats for image mounting
.isoISO image
.iszCompressed ISO image
.mds/.mdfMedia Descriptor Image
.nrg/.nriNero Burning ROM
.pdiInstant Copy
As of 2011[2][3]

Copy protection

Alcohol 120%'s image recording feature is capable of bypassing certain copy protection schemes, such as SafeDisc, SecuROM, and Data Position Measurement (DPM). However, certain copy protection schemes require burner hardware that is capable of reproducing the copy protection. It can also create images of PlayStation and PlayStation 2 file systems. It lacks the ability to back up DVD titles encrypted with the Content Scramble System. Due to legal restrictions, Alcohol Soft has opted not to include this feature.

Some software manufacturers employ software blacklist methods to prevent Alcohol 120% from copying the software. There are third party tools available that attempt to counteract the blacklist methods, such as Anti-blaxx and CureROM. These two programs have been replaced by A.C.I.D.

Alcohol 52%

Alcohol 52% is a version of Alcohol 120% without the burning engine. It can still create image files, and mount those images on up to 31 virtual drives. There are two versions of Alcohol 52%, free and 30-day trial. The free version contains an optional adware toolbar bundled and is limited to 6 virtual drives.[4]

Alcohol 68%

Alcohol 68% was a version of Alcohol 120% without media mounting and emulating engine. This software was providing the CD/DVD burning functions, later discontinued and integrated into Alcohol 120%.[5]

Alcohol 120% Free Edition

Alcohol 120% Free Edition This version is free fully functional for non-commercial use Alcohol 120% Free Edition.


  • European ShareWare Conference 2006 Epsilon Award [6]


Y.A.S.U (Yet Another SecuROM Utility) originally developed for DAEMON Tools utility, which allows hiding virtual drives from SecuROM 7 and SafeDisc 4. Later the third-party developers created a version for Alcohol 120%.[7]


A.C.I.D (Alcohol Cloaking Initiative for DRM) built-in Alcohol 120% utility is based on the Y.A.S.U program and is similar to it.[8]

See also


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