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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.

What's New:

  • Add a cheat mode (Alt-M) to accept disk images without a Boot Marker
  • Add marquee operation progress to the taskbar icon
  • Add zeroing/image writing progress to the log
  • Switch to using 0x55 and 0xAA instead of 0x00 and 0xFF for low pass badblock check
  • Switch to using fake/manufacturer units when computing the default label
  • Fix overnumerous write retries on error when writing a disk image
  • Work around Windows' abysmal handling of removable drives that contain an ESP
  • Improve mounting/unmounting of volumes
  • Update UEFI:NTFS file system drivers to version 1.7
  • Other internal fixes and improvements (VDS, error reporting, etc.)