Free Rufus Alternatives for Mac

    Rufus is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The most popular Mac alternative is Small UNetbootin iconUNetbootin, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Rufus and 13 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Rufus are Small balenaEtcher iconbalenaEtcher (Free, Open Source), Small dd icondd (Free, Open Source), Small ROSA Image Writer iconROSA Image Writer (Free, Open Source) and Small Deepin Boot Maker iconDeepin Boot Maker (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Apr 26, 2021

    • Cross-platform tool to create bootable USB drive or create Live USB drives with built-in downloader for Linux ISO images and rescue disks. View 46 alternatives to UNetbootin
      Most users think UNetbootin is a great alternative to Rufus.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • PortableApps.com
      UNetbootin vs Rufus
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Kandi Easy to use. Supports a huge variety of platforms
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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

      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  about 1 year ago

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

      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

      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 about 2 years ago

      Rufus made for me working bootable pendrive with windows 8.1, from iso which I had, and it worked. I tried this same with UNetbootin, and it didn't work.
      Negative comment about 2 years ago

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    • 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. View 44 alternatives to balenaEtcher
      Most users think balenaEtcher is a great alternative to Rufus.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      balenaEtcher vs Rufus
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      etcher is better than most image burners i have used.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

      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

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

      For installing Linux Distros, it just works
      Positive comment 6 months ago

      Can make bootable usb for linux not windows.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

      Cam Make Bootable Linux And Other
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      22Ezra22 Fairly fast and works great for flashing Raspberry Pi. It supports validation to make sure the image was successfully flashed.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    • Command-line utility for Unix and Unix-like operating systems to convert and copy a file. View 23 alternatives to dd
      Almost everyone thinks dd is a great alternative to Rufus.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      • BSD
      dd vs Rufus
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It's the only one that seems to be able to create BSD flash drives
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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

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

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

      It's not flashing automatically
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

    • Optical drives are rapidly disappearing from our computers of all kinds, and consequently installing operating systems from USB flash disks is becoming increasingly popular. View 35 alternatives to ROSA Image Writer
      Most users think ROSA Image Writer is a great alternative to Rufus.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      ROSA Image Writer vs Rufus
      pros, cons and recent comments
      its quick stable & versatile no errors on any I made
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      Easy to use, multi-platform
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    • Deepin Boot Maker is a boot maker developed by Deepin Technology Team. It is simple in interface and easy to operate. It helps users to easily make deepin boot disk. View 38 alternatives to Deepin Boot Maker
      Most users think Deepin Boot Maker is a great alternative to Rufus.
      No screenshots yet
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Deepin Boot Maker vs Rufus
      pros, cons and recent comments
      easy to use and run perfectly on mac
      Positive comment 12 months ago



    • Install Disk Creator simplifies creating a bootable OS X installer. View 10 alternatives to Install Disk Creator
      Most users think Install Disk Creator is a great alternative to Rufus.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
    • Use Raspberry Pi Imager for an easy way to install Raspberry Pi OS and other operating systems to an SD card ready to use with your Raspberry Pi. View 10 alternatives to Raspberry Pi Imager
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Utility for making bootable drives from the installer for macOS (and older OS X versions). View 14 alternatives to DiskMaker X
      This alternative is disputed. DiskMaker X is still a legitimate alternative to Rufus, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      DiskMaker X vs Rufus
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Rufus turns any CD Image to Bootable USB, while Diskmaker X works only with OS X disk images.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

      Only good to create OS X images - hence not an alternative as Rufus can create bootable USB from ANY image of ANY OS
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      only makes OS X bootable disks
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

      not for making windows boots
      Negative comment over 3 years ago

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