Rufus is a very useful free and open-source software developed for the Microsoft operating system to make bootable USB installation media very quickly.


  • 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
  • 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!

There is a lot of software available to do the job, such as UNetbootin, Universal USB Installer, Balena Etcher, etc., but today we will see how to use Rufus to make a USB bootable for the Linux Ubuntu Desktop.

Download Rufus

Visit the below link to download Rufus. You can also download the portable version.

Download Linux Ubuntu ISO

Visit the below link to download latest version of Linux Ubuntu ISO file.

Make Bootable USB Flash Drive with Rufus

Let’s assume you have downloaded the portable version. Run the setup file and you will see the window below.

How To Create Bootable USB With Rufus

Connect a USB flash drive with at least 4GB of free space. The content of the drive flash will be erased, so backup any important files on the drive before you start this process.

Rufus will detect your inserted USB flash drive automatically and select the downloaded Linux Ubuntu Desktop iso file by clicking on select. By default, it will select the FAT32 file system. Click on “START

How To Create Bootable USB With Rufus

One message will pop up, saying you need newer SysLinux files. Just click the “Yes” button and Rufus will automatically download them for you.

How To Create Bootable USB With Rufus

Rufus will ask how you want to write the image. Leave the default recommended selection and click “OK”.

How To Create Bootable USB With Rufus

You’ll be warned that all data on the USB drive will be erased. Click “OK” to continue if the drive has no important data on it.

How To Create Bootable USB With Rufus

Wait until the copy operation is completed.

Your Linux Ubuntu bootable USB flash is ready. Click on “CLOSE.”

How to boot from USB Flash Drive

You need to make sure to change the BIOS boot order so that the USB device is listed first. Start by plugging the thumb drive into a USB port.

Restart your computer. During the initial startup screen, press ESC, F1, F2, F8, or F10. A menu may appear depending on the company that created your version of BIOS.

Go to the boot order and select the first boot device. Save the settings with F10. It will boot your computer from a USB drive.

How to Create a Bootable USB using CMD


Rufus is a free and open-source portable software for the Windows operating system. We highly recommend using this software if you want to install a Windows or Linux operating system by using a USB flash drive.

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By Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan works as a system administrator with more than 12 years of experience in information technology. He would like to share the knowledge with others that he has gained during his working experience.

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Vincent Garcia
Vincent Garcia
5 months ago

Rufus is a very handy software.

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