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 KolibriOS ISO support (NEW)
  • Add Arabic translation, courtesy of عمر الصمد
  • Add Croatian translation, courtesy of Dario Komar
  • Add Danish translation, courtesy of Jens Hansen
  • Add Latvian translation, courtesy of Aldis Tutins
  • Add Brazilian Portuguese translation, courtesy of Chateaubriand Vieira Moura
  • Allow the use of VHDs as DD image source (fixed disk/uncompressed only)
  • Report the detected USB speed in the log
  • Fix detection for some Buffalo, Lacie, Samsung, Toshiba and Verbatim drives
  • Fix a long standing issue when launching Rufus using Far Manager
  • Fix support for pure EFI bootable disk images
  • Various other fixes and improvements