UNetbootin Alternatives for Mac

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.

The list of alternatives was last updated: 12/8/2017 12:03:00 AM

Alternatives to UNetbootin for Mac with any license

  • balenaEtcher

    balenaEtcher is a free and open-source image burner with support for Windows, OS X and GNU/Linux. It makes USB and SD card image burning as simple and fast as possible. FEATURES Validated Burning - No more writing images on corrupted cards and wondering why your device isn't booting. Hard Drive Friendly - Makes drive selection obvious to avoid wiping your entire hard-drive Beautiful Interface - Who said burning SD cards has to be an eyesore. Open Source - Made with JS, HTML, node.

    • 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! Guest • Mar 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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 :) Guest • Jul 2016 • 6 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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!) Guest • Jun 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Works on more operating systems. Better language support. Truly open source and free. onesnappOct 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Actually seems to work under OS X unlike Unetbootin now cemagrJan 2017 • 9 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very simple, great interface, Awesome! :) bl4ckf4llApr 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Etcher combines the universality of UNetbootin with the functionality of Rufus and adds an incredible and simple interface. ATShields934Aug 2016 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • dd

    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. • Copy regions of raw device files like backing up MBR (master boot record). • Converting data formats like ASCII to EBCDIC. • Converting lowercase to uppercase and vice versa. • Creating files with fixed size.

    • There's more to creating a bootable USB drive than moving blocks of bits. Guest • Jul 2018 • 6 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • its not a burning iso software.. Guest • Apr 2018 • 3 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's easier than GUI if you won't deal with UEFI stuff Guest • May 2017 • 7 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not a full-featured GUI-application like the rest, but way more flexible, versatile and reliable for more tech-savvy users. Guest • Sep 2016 • 5 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Linux BSD

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  • DiskMaker X

    DiskMaker X (formerly Lion DiskMaker) is an application built with AppleScript that you can use with many versions of OS X/macOS to build a bootable drive from OS X/macOS installer program (the one you download from the App Store). As soon as you launch the application, it tries to find the OS X Install program with Spotlight. Then, it proposes to build a bootable install disk and make it look as nice as possible.

    Free Mac

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  • ROSA Image Writer

    Optical drives are rapidly disappearing from our computers of all kinds, and consequently installing operating systems from USB flash disks is becoming increasingly popular. ISO images of the ROSA Linux distribution were originally intended for burning to DVD disks, but they can as well be written to flash disks which would allow you to boot from them and launch the Live system or start installation.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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