Alternatives to Rufus for all platforms with any license

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  • Etcher icon

    Etcher

    Etcher is a free and open-source image burner with support for Windows, OS X and GNU/Linux. It makes USB and SD card image burning as simple and fast as possible. FEATURES Validated Burning - No more writing images on corrupted...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux GitHub

    • cannot select between gpt and mbr partition styles Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It can run almost on all major OS is what made me love it! Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Ability to make bootable USB-Sticks from an ISO-Image. em4020 • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • UltraISO icon

    UltraISO

    CD image files are easily created with UltraISO. Duplicate discs to a CD image, create bootable CDs and audio CD images - and UltraISO also handles DVD image files. If you need to know how to make a CD image or need to edit an ISO...

    Commercial Windows

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    BurnAware

    BurnAware is a family of full-featured burning software to create CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs of all types. Home users can easily burn bootable discs, multisession discs, high-quality audio CDs and video DVDs, make, copy and burn disc...

    Freemium Windows

    • Bundleware The installer contains bundled adware. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
  • WinToFlash icon

    WinToFlash

    Transfer your Windows with programs and parameters from an installation DVD/CD to a USB/harddrive.

    Free Personal Windows

    • Bundleware Installer bundled with adware: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/efc98043b5e2d3f36e4cfce1074e66dfc7859345195ad3cbf51605df6c7b1e53/analysis/1424526399/
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    LiveUSB Install

    LiveUSB Install is a free software for GNU/Linux and Windows. With LiveUSB Install you can effortlessly install various Linux distributions on your thumbdrive. This way, you can always carry your favourite distro in your pocket...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Easy2Boot icon

    Easy2Boot

    Flexible and configurable USB drive multiboot solution which also supports UEFI booting.

    Free Windows Linux

  • XBoot icon

    XBoot

    XBoot is a easy-to-use utility for creating Multiboot USB/ISO.You may have seen many bootable ISO files like Linux live CDs , Antivirus rescue CDs etc. XBoot can combine these ISO files in to one Multiboot ISO file or create Multiboot...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Development stopped after 2013.
    • xboot is still available, I use it all the time. It's still the best product I've found for launching an ISO directly within windows without rebooting. Forget the complexity with VMs' just drag the iso into xboot and it launches. No reboot, no install. cnoble • Sep 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • SARDU icon

    SARDU

    SARDU (short for Shardana Antivirus Rescue Disk Utility) creates a multiboot all-in-one USB drive, CD or DVD for free (personal and non commercial use). Hard disks, external hard disks and all removable media are supported. The...

    Free Personal Windows

  • MultiSystem icon

    MultiSystem

    Multisystem is an awesome tool created by LiveUSB.info, that works similar to our Windows based MultiBootISOs USB creator, but was created for use within Linux. It also uses Grub2 instead of Grub Legacy, and can be run from within...

    Open Source Linux

    • Created a 32gb usb drive with 5-6 isos, awesome! Guest • Mar 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    WinSetupFromUSB

    GUI for creating USB with multiple Windows XP/2kX sources in the same partition (up to 99 with vers. 1.0). BartPE/WinBulder/UBCD4Win/WinFLPC (NOT ramdisk versions) to any primary partition. Multiple BartPE for example, in the SAME...

    Free Windows

  • dd

    Command-line utility for Unix and Unix-like operating systems to convert and copy a file .

    Open Source Mac Linux BSD

  • RMPrepUSB icon

    RMPrepUSB

    Here is a list of the things you can do with RMPrepUSB (works on most types of USB storage devices such as USB Flash memory pens, USB SD cards, USB hard disks, etc.): 1. Partition, Format and make bootable a USB drive - This is...

    Free Personal Windows

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    MultiBootUSB

    Multi Boot USB / MultiBoot USB / MultiBootUSB is a software / installer which allows user to install multiple Live Linux Distros in to a single USB drive / Pendrive / Flash drive and able to boot from it. USB can be tested without...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • DiskMaker X icon

    DiskMaker X

    DiskMaker X (formerly Lion DiskMaker) is an application built with AppleScript that you can use with Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, OS X 10.8 and 10.9 to build a bootable drive from Mac OS X Lion, OS X Mountain Lion Installation or OS X...

    Free Mac

    • Rufus turns any CD Image to Bootable USB, while Diskmaker X works only with OS X disk images. Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    WINToBootic

    WiNToBootic is free program, has the sole function of creating boot disks using ISO images. It is a standalone small and portable tool of only 600KB. Super User Friendly. Good for use where you do not have CD drive (like laptop) and...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.2.1, released in March 2014, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • ZOTAC WinUSB Maker icon

    ZOTAC WinUSB Maker

    ZOTAC WinUSB Maker was made to be the simplest and functional application to make a USB Bootable. With less than 500KB, an impressive GUI and responsive user interaction, Josh Cell Softwares presents the ZOTAC International...

    Free Windows

  • ROSA Image Writer icon

    ROSA Image Writer

    Optical drives are rapidly disappearing from our computers of all kinds, and consequently installing operating systems from USB flash disks is becoming increasingly popular. ISO images of the ROSA Linux distribution were originally...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool icon

    HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool

    HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool utility will format any USB flash drive, with your choice of FAT, FAT32, or NTFS partition types. You can also make the disk bootable by specifying a file location.

    Free Windows

  • ISO to USB

    ISO to USB is a free and small software that can burn the ISO image file directly to the USB drives, these USB drives include USB flash drives, memory sticks and other USB storage devices, it also supports to create a bootable USB...

    Free Windows

  • FlashBoot icon

    FlashBoot

    FlashBoot is a tool to convert a Windows XP/Vista/7 installation CD/DVD or image to a bootable USB disk, useful for Windows installation on netbooks and other devices without CD/DVD drive. FlashBoot supports USB flash thumbdrives and...

    Commercial Windows

  • SharpBoot icon

    SharpBoot

    SharpBoot is a small utility for creating multiboot ISO or USB. You just need to drag-n-drop some iso files inside, and it automatically adds description and category (for supported ISO files, not shown in the screenshot). It uses...

    Open Source Windows

  • USBWriter icon

    USBWriter

    USBWriter is tiny Windows tool that lets you write an image file directly to an USB drive. It requires no installation and depends on no bloated framework, it's just a little program that you may put on your desktop.

    Open Source Windows

  • WinUSB icon

    WinUSB

    WinUSB is a simple tool that enable you to create your own usb stick windows installer from an iso image or a real DVD.

    Open Source Linux

  • Free ISO Burner icon

    Free ISO Burner

    Free ISO Burner can directly burn your ISO and CD/DVD image file to CD-R,CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW,HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, no need mount any "virtual drives" which emulate physical CDs or DVDs, it write any data...

    Free Windows

  • NIMMI

    NIMMI, Nehul's ISO MultiBoot Manager and Installer, is an ISO installer-manager for Pen-Drive,USB Hard-Drive.It is very easy to use.And also is has been published under GNU license. Other than it you must also have a bootable iso...

    Free Personal Windows

  • WinUSB Maker Tool icon

    WinUSB Maker Tool

    This is a small utility tool that will help you format and create bootable flash drives for Windows 7/8. It can be useful if you want to create installation media from bootable ISOs and if you want to install Windows7/8 on a system...

    Open Source Windows

  • Startup Disk Creator

    Startup Disk Creator (usb-creator) is an official tool to create Live USBs of Ubuntu from the Live CD or from an ISO image. The tool is included by default in all releases after Ubuntu 8.04.

    Open Source Linux Ubuntu

Rufus Comments

excellent program - especially for making portable windows usb installs.

Positive Comment by girlwiththenerdytattoo
about Rufus Oct 2015

excellent program - especially for making portable windows usb installs.

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I love it

Comment by Amyg64
about Rufus Aug 2015

Simple, compact, portable and powerfull, I just love it ! Thank you to whoever made this !

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Great For Quick Bootable ISOs

Positive Comment by TastyWheat
about Rufus Aug 2014

I haven't used it enough to really write a review on it but the couple of times I used Rufus it was super fast and super easy. The only thing I could possibly gripe about is the lack of formatting to EXT3 or EXT4, but most modern Linux distros have no trouble reading FAT32.

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