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:

  • Add 32 bit support for UEFI:NTFS boot
  • Add standalone UEFI:NTFS boot installation, in advanced mode
  • Add Vietnamese translation, courtesy of thanhtai2009
  • Disable support for ISOs that hide their GRUB version (looking at you Kaspersky!)
  • Fix broken Windows UEFI installation when using GPT/NTFS (#461)
  • Fix creation of 32 bit UEFI Windows 10 installation flash drives (#462)
  • Other improvements (Notify when no update is available on manual check, add label for UEFI:NTFS partition, etc.)