AlternativeTo Logo

    Rufus Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Rufus for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is UNetbootin, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Rufus and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Rufus are balenaEtcher (Free, Open Source), YUMI (Free, Open Source), Ventoy (Free, Open Source) and MultiBootUSB (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Feb 19, 2022
    Rufus
      1288
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • PortableApps.com
    More
    Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
    Learn more about Rufus

    1. UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can load Linux and other distributions to a partition or USB drive.
      UNetbootin vs Rufus opinions
      Most users think UNetbootin is a great alternative to Rufus.
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      Kandi Easy to use. Supports a huge variety of platforms
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

      19
      Fast, easy to use and in a few clicks you're good to go
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      12
      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 2 years ago

      10
      cvanelli Cannot write Windows ISOs
      Negative comment 11 months ago

      0
      UNetbootin is for Linux Distributions. Rufus is for creating bootable USBs in general, independant from the target OS.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

      1
      Does use current versions of "syslinux" and therefore does not create bootable media for a lot firmware ISO files, etc..
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      7
      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 3 years ago

      -2
      Show more comments
      7 of 14 comments
    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.
      balenaEtcher vs Rufus opinions
      Most users think balenaEtcher is a great alternative to Rufus.
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      etcher is better than most image burners i have used.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      2
      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 5 years ago

      8
      Do not work with Windows ISOs on Linux
      Top negative comment  over 2 years ago

      30
      0DayExploit Easy to use , User Friendly Interface
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      0
      cvanelli It cannot write Windows ISO files.
      Negative comment 11 months ago

      2
      For installing Linux Distros, it just works
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      Can make bootable usb for linux not windows.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      0
      Show more comments
      7 of 34 comments


    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.
      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 almost 4 years ago

      10
      Multiboot abilities that are useful in making a useful debugging bootable usb
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      Lehuga It has all of it, support even Linux in one flashdrive
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      0
      Has moltiboot option, persistent file with ubuntu, windows to go with other distros in the same USB
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      -1
    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.
       all • positive • negative      relevance • date
      onkoe I have over 20 ISOs on one flash drive because of this utility. It's my favorite software for multiboot USBs. Keep in mind, however, that it doesn't work on any Mac hardware.
      Top positive comment  6 months ago

      3
      mblithium Create a separate partition for booting and a special one for placing OS ".iso" files easily.
      Top positive comment  8 months ago

      1
      It allows simple drag & drop of ISO files to a USB drive and then offers a Grub-style menu to select which ISO to boot from, as opposed to having to outright "burn" the ISO to a drive. Not 100% compatible, but 99.999%.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

      1
      umitseyhan You don't need to reformat the stick every single time. Just a casual copy-paste operation of .iso files.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      1
      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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      2
      Multiple ISO image files on one drive
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      2
      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.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      5
      Show more comments
      7 of 8 comments
    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.

      MultiBootUSB vs Rufus opinions
      Most users think MultiBootUSB is a great alternative to Rufus.
      NickFreeman support for multiple live linux distros
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      -2


    6. 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.
      Universal USB Installer vs Rufus opinions
      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 5 years ago

      0
      It is complete, with all you need, to put an OS in yur USB
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

      0
    7. Flexible and configurable USB drive multiboot solution which also supports UEFI booting.
      Most users think Easy2Boot is a great alternative to Rufus.
    8. LiLi USB Creator is a free software for Windows that allows you to create a bootable Live USB key with a Linux on it.

      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).

      Most users think LinuxLive USB Creator is a great alternative to Rufus.
    9. 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 8 months ago

      0
      doesn't create bootable usb
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

      0
    10. Optical drives are rapidly disappearing from our computers of all kinds, and consequently installing operating systems from USB flash disks is becoming increasingly popular.

      Discontinued

      Last update was in 2016.

      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 over 2 years ago

      -3
      Easy to use, multi-platform
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      0
    Showing 10 of 45 alternatives