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 a leading Bootable USB Creator in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Rufus for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, 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 Nov 12, 2021

    1. 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 image file, UltraISO is the tool you need.
      UltraISO vs Rufus opinions
      Most users think UltraISO is a great alternative to Rufus.
      mblithium Not for creating bootable drives.
      Negative comment 3 months ago

      doesn't create bootable usb
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

    2. MultiSystem is an awesome Linux tool for creating multiboot USB drives, developed by François Fabre (
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      MultiSystem vs Rufus opinions
      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


    3. 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

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

      Excellent Image writer in USB
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

    4. 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

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

    5. A utility that can write a raw backup image of your hard drive to a removable device or vice versa.

    6. DriveDroid allows you to boot your PC from ISO/IMG files stored on your phone. This is ideal for trying Linux distributions or always having a rescue-system on the go... without the need to burn different CDs or USB pendrives.
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      DriveDroid vs Rufus opinions
      Most users think DriveDroid is a great alternative to Rufus.
      Rufus helps you to create a bootable USB, but with Drivedroid you only need to download the iso image and you will get ready to install the whole USB.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      completely different in every way. DriveDroid turns your phone into a bootable drive. Rufus helps you create bootable USB sticks from the computer
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      It does nothing but trick your device
      Negative comment 4 months ago

      PoorPocketsMcNewHold A very efficient tool, to create bootable drives, by only using your rooted android phone, connected to your computer by USB. Extremely useful, already saved me multiple times.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    7. WinSetupFromUSB is a Windows program, which prepares multiboot USB flash or fixed disk to install any Windows versions since 2000/XP, boot various Linux and *BSD flavors, as well as many Windows, Linux, DOS based and other utilities. Since version 1.
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      Almost everyone thinks WinSetupFromUSB is a great alternative to Rufus.
    8. 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

    9. 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.
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      SARDU vs Rufus opinions
      Most users think SARDU is a great alternative to Rufus.
      got the lifetime tech licence and honestly you won't believe how much time and nerves it saves the required images / versions.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

    10. BurnAware is a full-fledged, easy-to-use burning software which allows users to write all types of files such as digital photos, pictures, archives, documents, music and videos to CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs (including M-Disc).


      The installer contains bundled adware. Be careful during the installation: Forum

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      BurnAware vs Rufus opinions
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      Rufus is specialized in make USB Flash Drives bootable. BurnAware only operates on optical discs and cannot help make them bootable.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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