Open Source Rufus Alternatives for Linux

    Rufus is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best open source Linux alternative is UNetbootin. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Rufus and many of them are open source and available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source Linux alternatives to Rufus are balenaEtcher (Free, Open Source), dd (Free, Open Source), Ventoy (Free, Open Source) and MultiBootUSB (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 12, 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  over 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 5 months 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 almost 2 years 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 over 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  almost 5 years ago

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      Do not work with Windows ISOs on Linux
      Top negative comment  about 2 years ago

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      0DayExploit Easy to use , User Friendly Interface
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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      cvanelli It cannot write Windows ISO files.
      Negative comment 5 months ago

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      For installing Linux Distros, it just works
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      Can make bootable usb for linux not windows.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    3. 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  almost 2 years ago

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      allows use of the command line
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

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      cvanelli crappy command line only program.
      Top negative comment  5 months ago

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

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

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

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    4. 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  10 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  over 1 year ago

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      mblithium Create a separate partition for booting and a special one for placing OS ".iso" files easily.
      Positive comment 2 months 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 5 months ago

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      Multiple ISO image files on one drive
      Positive comment about 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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    5. 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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    6. 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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      WoeUSB vs Rufus opinions
      Almost everyone thinks WoeUSB is a great alternative to Rufus.
      shampuan It is the best of windows iso writer on linux.
      Top positive comment  8 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  5 months 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 over 1 year ago

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

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

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    7. MultiSystem is an awesome Linux tool for creating multiboot USB drives, developed by François Fabre (http://liveusb.info/dotclear/).
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      Most users think MultiSystem is a great alternative to Rufus.
      Created a 32gb usb drive with 5-6 isos, awesome!
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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    8. Utility for writing raw disk images & hybrid isos to USB keys.
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      SUSE Studio ImageWriter vs Rufus opinions
      Most users think SUSE Studio ImageWriter is a great alternative to Rufus.
      cvanelli cannot write Windows ISOs
      Negative comment 5 months ago

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      Good but some cannot write some isos, including windows server
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      Excellent Image writer in USB
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    9. Optical drives are rapidly disappearing from our computers of all kinds, and consequently installing operating systems from USB flash disks is becoming increasingly popular.
      ROSA Image Writer vs Rufus opinions
      Most users think ROSA Image Writer is a great alternative to Rufus.
      its quick stable & versatile no errors on any I made
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      Easy to use, multi-platform
      Positive comment almost 5 years ago

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    10. 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.
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      Deepin Boot Maker vs Rufus opinions
      Most users think Deepin Boot Maker is a great alternative to Rufus.
      easy to use and run perfectly on mac
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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