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Rufus

Easily format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

  • Windows
  • PortableApps.com
Avg rating of 4.6 (75)| 68 comments

What is Rufus?

Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

Features:

  • Formats USB memory sticks to FAT/FAT32/NTFS/exFAT/UDF/ReFS
  • Creates bootable USB drive from a wide range of ISOs
  • Creates MS-DOS/FreeDOS bootable USB memory sticks, with no external files required
  • Creates BIOS or UEFI bootable drives
  • Checks for bad blocks
  • Modern UI, with UAC elevation for Windows Vista and later
  • Fully Open Source (GPL v3)

It can be be especially useful for cases where:

  • you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
  • you need to install an Operating System or run a Live CD from USB
  • you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed
  • you want to run a DOS low-level utility

Despite its small size, Rufus provides you with everything you need!

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Rufus information

  • Developed byAkeo Consulting
  • LicensingOpen Source (GPL-3.0) and Free product.
  • Written in
  • RatingAverage rating of 4.6 (75 ratings)
  • Alternatives62 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

GitHub repository

  •  21,479 Stars
  •  2,188 Forks
  •  21 Open Issues
  •   Updated
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Our users have written 68 comments and reviews about Rufus, and it has gotten 1352 likes

Rufus was added to AlternativeTo by WhiteTiger on and this page was last updated .

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Pros:

  • Open source!
  • Great for creating bootable USB disks.
  • GPT/UEFI support is a lifesaver.
  • Quick, reliable and effective.

Cons:

  • Hash sum information for installation files are not provided.
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daniellmesquita
  
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From Linux to Windows, it creates working bootable drives.

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BaronVonButthole
  
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The interface could use serious improvement, but once you've figured it out, it works well, and doesn't try selling you a used car like some of the alternatives.

P.S. Zorin is trash.

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DL300
  
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Works, unlike BalenaEtcher. Just flashed Android TV x86 with no problems and installed from it. BalenaEtcher failed 4 times in a row.

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exyron
  
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I like Rufus because it's very convenient and there are lots of web pages that explain how to use it, and lots of Youtube Videos too! Works Great!

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Used it for years and never let me down!

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AustinA
  
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It is World's No.1 Bootable USB Creator because it is simplest and fastest bootable USB creator. Try it before you believe it :)

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Tags

  • efi
  • flash
  • usb-boot
  • bios
  • fat
  • bootable-iso
  • detect-image-format
  • exfat
  • dos
  • NTFS
  • fat32
  • refs
  • usb-formatting
  • iso
  • freedos

Rufus platform details

Windows

Windows 7 or later.

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