UNetbootin makes it super easy to create live USB drives for Linux distributions. It even lets you download various distributions right from within the app. Some users have unfortunately reported issues running it on modern systems so alternatives are helpful to have.
Some alternatives focus on copying rather than creating ISOs. You can easily filter those out of the list with the burn-iso feature. Creating a live USB drive is typically a one-time affair so installing an app to use it just once isn't really optimal. You can filter the list for portable apps that don't need installation.
These apps are overwhelmingly free, most being open-source. They're all desktop apps for Mac, Windows and Linux.UNetbootin alternatives are mainly Bootable USB Creators but may also be Linux Distros or Disk Imaging Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of UNetbootin.
RufusDo you think this is a good alternative?YesNo63 alternatives to Rufus
Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
Rufus vs UNetbootin opinions
Easy to use. I used it with tails 2.10 when unetbootin wouldn't work.12
it's also a USB formatter0
balenaEtcherDo you think this is a good alternative?YesNo48 alternatives to balenaEtcher
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 UNetbootin opinions
Doing a Arch bootable key was a nightmare on a Mac with UNetbootin, no way to make it working. With Etcher one try and it was perfectly ok :)5cemagr
Actually seems to work under OS X unlike Unetbootin now5
Very simple and effective, creates a bootable USB key almost in a single click (very unusual considering everyone is struggling with UNetbootin since many years!)0
I have a 64GB USB key, and UNetbootin kept insisting on creating an odd FAT32 partition that always failed to boot properly. Also, Windows and Mac had trouble identifying and/or reading it. Etcher worked the first time. No confusing setup options, just select the .iso and burn. Simple like it should be!-1onesnapp
Works on more operating systems. Better language support. Truly open source and free.2
VentoyDo you think this is a good alternative?YesNo41 alternatives to Ventoy
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 UNetbootin opinionsdonateto_opensource
This is the best tool to create a bootlable media, hands down.0
YUMIDo you think this is a good alternative?YesNo42 alternatives to YUMI
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 UNetbootin opinionsRogueScholar
YUMI is the only app I've found that makes reliable USB installers for UEFI systems (GPT partition table, FAT32 partitions) and its multiboot features with persistence for the Ubuntu family of distributions is extremely useful.6
ddDo you think this is a good alternative?YesNo28 alternatives to dd
dd, that stands for ‘data duplicator’, is a command-line utility for Unix mainly used for copying and converting data.
dd vs UNetbootin opinions
It's easier than GUI if you won't deal with UEFI stuff2
Not a full-featured GUI-application like the rest, but way more flexible, versatile and reliable for more tech-savvy users.0
its not a burning iso software..-3PERCE_NEIGE
For the user who said that it's not for burning ISO, it's wrong.0
There's more to creating a bootable USB drive than moving blocks of bits.-2
Universal USB InstallerDo you think this is a good alternative?YesNo37 alternatives to Universal USB Installer
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. Simply choose a Live Linux Distribution, the ISO file, your Flash Drive and, Click...
Universal USB Installer Features
Universal USB Installer vs UNetbootin opinions
MultiBootUSBDo you think this is a good alternative?YesNo39 alternatives to MultiBootUSB
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.
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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LinuxLive USB CreatorDo you think this is a good alternative?YesNo39 alternatives to LinuxLive USB Creator
LiLi USB Creator is a free software for Windows that allows you to create a bootable Live USB key with a Linux on it.
LinuxLive USB Creator FeaturesDiscontinued
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).
LinuxLive USB Creator vs UNetbootin opinions
Win32 Disk ImagerDo you think this is a good alternative?YesNo
36 alternatives to Win32 Disk Imager
- Free • Open Source
- Disk Imaging Tool
- Bootable USB Creator
A utility that can write a raw backup image of your hard drive to a removable device or vice versa.
Win32 Disk Imager Features
WinSetupFromUSBDo you think this is a good alternative?YesNo43 alternatives to WinSetupFromUSB
- Free • Proprietary
- Bootable USB Creator
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.