Rufus is a small utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
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, Windows 10, etc.
Oh, and Rufus is fast. For instance it's about twice as fast as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer or Windows 7 USB download tool, on the creation of a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO. It is also marginally faster on the creation of Linux bootable USB from ISOs.
- Add support for persistent partitions [EXPERIMENTAL] (Note: The above won't work with Ubuntu until Ubuntu bug #1489855 is properly fixed)
- Add a mode to use VDS when partitioning/formatting (Alt-V) [EXPERIMENTAL]
- Add full extraction support for efi.img (Solus)
- Fix listing of potentially blocking processes
- Fix NTFS not being selectable when using Grub4DOS
- Fix download script not being launched when the user name contains a space
- Fix translated messages potentially being truncated (e.g. Thai)
- Fix progress bar report for screen readers (Accessibility issue)
- Fix a regression where Windows format prompts would not be suppressed
- Improve(?) Windows To Go support by following Microsoft's recommended partition order
- Don't enumerate Windows Sandbox VHDs
- Disable ISO mode when Manjaro ISOHybrids are being used
- Update embedded GRUB to version 2.04
Apps similar to Rufus 5
YUMI can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more. YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to MultibootISOs.
Universal USB Installer aka UUI is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use.
The Windows USB/DVD Download tool allows you to create a copy of your Windows 7 ISO file on a USB flash drive or a DVD.