Rufus Alternatives

    Rufus is described as 'utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc' and is one of the leading apps in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Rufus for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, PortableApps.com and Android. The best alternative is UNetbootin, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Rufus are balenaEtcher (Free, Open Source), YUMI (Free, Open Source), dd (Free, Open Source) and Ventoy (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 23, 2021

    1. UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can load Linux and other distributions to a partition or USB drive.
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      UNetbootin vs Rufus opinions
      Most users think UNetbootin is a great alternative to Rufus.
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      Kandi Easy to use. Supports a huge variety of platforms
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      Fast, easy to use and in a few clicks you're good to go
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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      does not do UEFI mode does not recognize external hdd/ sdd does not do windows bootable drives and have issues even with some linux distros does not do multiple booting images on single drive
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

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      cvanelli Cannot write Windows ISOs
      Negative comment about 1 month ago

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      UNetbootin is for Linux Distributions. Rufus is for creating bootable USBs in general, independant from the target OS.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      Does use current versions of "syslinux" and therefore does not create bootable media for a lot firmware ISO files, etc..
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      Easy to use GUI that is compatible with lot's of ISO's. UNetbootin is my 3rd favorite bootable USB creator next to YUMI for Windows and Rufus.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    2. balenaEtcher is a free and open-source image burner with support for Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux. It makes USB and SD card image burning as simple and fast as possible.
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      Most users think balenaEtcher is a great alternative to Rufus.
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      etcher is better than most image burners i have used.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      espectalll It's simple, it's easy, it's slick, and it's multiplatform, May not be for everyone, but surely is for most people.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Cannot select between gpt and mbr partition styles
      Top negative comment  over 4 years ago

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      0DayExploit Easy to use , User Friendly Interface
      Positive comment 10 days ago

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      cvanelli It cannot write Windows ISO files.
      Negative comment about 1 month ago

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      For installing Linux Distros, it just works
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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      Can make bootable usb for linux not windows.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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    3. YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to our MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot Bootable USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more.
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      YUMI vs Rufus opinions
      Most users think YUMI is a great alternative to Rufus.
      DiGiTaL_CORE YUMI now has (albeit alpha) support for UEFI. I have yet to need anything while making multiboot USBs. I love the fact I can make a single partition bootable without having to reformat my entire EHD.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      Multiboot abilities that are useful in making a useful debugging bootable usb
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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      Lehuga It has all of it, support even Linux in one flashdrive
      Positive comment 6 days ago

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      Has moltiboot option, persistent file with ubuntu, windows to go with other distros in the same USB
      Positive comment 11 months ago

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    4. dd, that stands for ‘data duplicator’, is a command-line utility for Unix mainly used for copying and converting data. This tool can be used for: • Backing up and restoring an entire hard drive or a partition.
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      dd vs Rufus opinions
      Almost everyone thinks dd is a great alternative to Rufus.
      It's the only one that seems to be able to create BSD flash drives
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      Considering this has been developed since 1974, it is very good at what it does.
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

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      cvanelli crappy command line only program.
      Top negative comment  about 1 month ago

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      It works very well, only for the non Dufus.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      allows use of the command line
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      It's not flashing automatically
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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    5. Ventoy is an open source tool to create bootable USB drive for ISO files. With ventoy, you don't need to format the disk again and again, you just need to copy the iso file to the USB drive and boot it.
      Ventoy vs Rufus opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Ventoy is a great alternative to Rufus.
      Hau_Kai It offers the option to multiboot, whilst retaining other files. Add multiple ISOs, remove or update them, all the while other files are unchanged so you can use your fastest and largest USB pendrives, without affecting their use for other tasks.
      Top positive comment  6 months ago

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      ATShields934 Allows you to easily create a multiboot drive by simply formatting a flash drive with the software and adding the .iso files. Incredibly simple to use, but a major breakthrough in simple boot drive making.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

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      umitseyhan You don't need to reformat the stick every single time. Just a casual copy-paste operation of .iso files.
      Positive comment 19 days ago

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      Multiple ISO image files on one drive
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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      Mat3o It creates separete partitions for booting, so you can use your USB drive as regular pendrive. Ventoy's boot menu list all iso which you place on the drive, it's the most flexible solution I've used.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    6. MultiBootUSB is a software to create multi boot live Linux on a removable media i.e USB disk. It is similar to UNetbootin but many distros can be installed, provided you have enough space on the disk.

      Discontinued

      The project seems no longer developed and the official website is no longer available. Last version, 9.2.0, released in April 2018, can be still downloaded from GitHub.

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      Most users think MultiBootUSB is a great alternative to Rufus.
      NickFreeman support for multiple live linux distros
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    7. Universal USB Installer is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use.
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      Most users think Universal USB Installer is a great alternative to Rufus.
      checholin Very simple and easy to use. Supports Persistent Linux.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      It is complete, with all you need, to put an OS in yur USB
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    8. WoeUSB is a simple tool that enable you to create your own usb stick windows installer from an iso image or a real DVD. It is a fork of Congelli501 s WinUSB.
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      Almost everyone thinks WoeUSB is a great alternative to Rufus.
      shampuan It is the best of windows iso writer on linux.
      Top positive comment  3 months ago

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      Simple to use, even my grandma could figure it out, Not that she'd need to flash a iso to a USB.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      cvanelli Does not have a GUI like Rufus
      Top negative comment  about 1 month ago

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      Perfect! It is the only one on linux that make bootable usb for windows iso files. Simple and easy to use.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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      Well maintained and simple to use, it gets the job done
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      Only create Windows ISO bootable USB!
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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    9. Flexible and configurable USB drive multiboot solution which also supports UEFI booting.
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      Most users think Easy2Boot is a great alternative to Rufus.
    10. LiLi USB Creator is a free software for Windows that allows you to create a bootable Live USB key with a Linux on it. This software also offers an exclusive option of automatic virtualization to directly run Linux in Windows without any configuration nor installation.

      Discontinued

      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 2.9.4, released in September 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website. The project has officially been abandonned on December, 22nd 2020 (announcement on their blog).

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      Most users think LinuxLive USB Creator is a great alternative to Rufus.
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