It can be especially useful for cases where:

  • you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
  • you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed
  • you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
  • you want to run a low-level utility

Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!

Non exhaustive list of ISOs Rufus is known to work with:

Arch Linux, Archbang, BartPE/pebuilder, CentOS, Damn Small Linux, Fedora, FreeDOS, Gentoo, gNewSense, Hiren's Boot CD, LiveXP, Knoppix, Kubuntu, Linux Mint, NT Password Registry Editor, OpenSUSE, Parted Magic, Slackware, Tails, Trinity Rescue Kit, Ubuntu, Ultimate Boot CD, Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, etc.

What's New:

  • Detect ISOHybrid images and ask users how they should be written
  • Add MD5/SHA-1 image checksum verification (# button on the status bar)
  • Add Zip decompression support for DD Images
  • Add a cheat mode to save the current USB to uncompressed VHD (Alt-V)
  • Add a cheat mode for ISO timestamp preservation (Alt-T)
  • Add a cheat mode for USB enumeration debugging (Alt-.)
  • Disable MS-DOS creation for Windows 10 or later (FreeDOS is still available)
  • Fix Windows To Go creation issues, and enable access to internal disks
  • Fix UEFI support for Fedora ISOs
  • Fix some USB enumeration issues
  • Other improvements and fixes, including translation updates