5 Best Tools to Create a Bootable Linux USB Drive

5 Best Tools to Create a Bootable Linux USB Drive

1. Etcher

Balena Etcher tool

Developed and maintained by the Balena team, Etcher is a free and open-source cross-platform tool that allows you to create bootable USB drives and SD cards using an ISO image in a safe and easy way. It comes with a neat and simple UI that intelligently selects your bootable medium without a hustle.

2. Fedora Media Writer

Fedora Media Writer

Fedora Media Writer is particularly known to help you create live USB for Fedora Linux distribution. It can download the ISO file for you if you do not have it already.

It is also an excellent utility to fix your USB drive if you cannot format it for an issue caused by other bootable USB creation too.

3. Startup Disk Creator

Startup Disk Creator

If you are using Ubuntu on your system, you already have a bootable USB creator pre-installed, i.e., Startup Disk Creator.

4. UNetbootin


UNetbootin is a live USB creator that supports Linux, Windows, and macOS. You get a few options to tweak, in case you want to explore all the available drives, and can also select a distribution to download the ISO file automatically.

5. Ventoy


Ventoy is an interesting bootable USB solution that lets you simply copy-paste the image to create a live USB drive.

You only have to install Ventoy to the USB drive, which makes two separate partitions. One of the partitions is used to store ISO images that you can simply paste into the USB drive to make it bootable.

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