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.
Rufus 3.7 Final changelog
- Finalize persistent partition support for Debian and Ubuntu:
- Debian with persistence should work out of the box with any recent Debian Live ISO.
- Ubuntu with persistence should also work IF using a post 2019.08.01 ISO (such as daily-live).
- Note that, because of bug #1489855, trying to use persistence with Ubuntu ISOs that were released before August 2019 will only result in rescue mode during boot - You have been warned!
- Other distros may work with persistence as long as they use a Debian-like or Ubuntu-like method, and, in the case of Ubuntu-like, if they use casper with the #1489855 bugfix.
- Add cheat mode (Alt) to switch between percent/speed/ETA on some operations [EXPERIMENTAL]
- Report SuperSpeed+ devices in the log (Come on USB-IF, just add "Ludicrous Speed"already!)
- Fix UI checkboxes (Extended label, Fixes for old BIOSes) being cleared on START
- Fix Can't mount GUID volume regression when creating Windows To Go drives
- Fix Volume label is invalid error with empty labels on Windows 7
- Fix stale progress bar during standalone ext2/ext3 formatting
- Fix an extraction failure with R-Drive Image bootable ISOs
- Disable ISO mode for Pop!_OS
- Other cosmetic and internal improvements
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