List of tools to create Live USB systems

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This is a list of utilities for creating Live USB.


Multiboot means that the tool allows multiple systems on the USB stick, as well as a bootloader on the USB flash drive to choose which system to load at boot time.

Name Developer Licensing Maintained? Runs on (OS) Target OS
Rufus Pete Batard GNU GPL v3 Yes Windows Windows, Linux, DOS
Etcher Apache License 2.0 Yes Windows, Mac & Linux Etcher is a powerful OS image flasher built with web technologies to ensure flashing an SDCard or USB drive is a pleasant and safe experience. It protects you from accidentally writing to your hard-drives, ensures every byte of data was written correctly and much more.
Easy2Boot Freeware Yes Windows & Linux Multiboot - E2B can boot 99% of linux ISOs - just copy the ISO files to the USB drive. Multiple linux+persistent files possible. Boot from Windows Install ISOs, WinPE, .ima, .img, .VHD, .WIM etc. Over 300 types of payloads supported. Supports multiple linux+Windows UEFI booting including Secure Boot. FAT32\exFAT\NTFS USB drive. Automated Windows installs with driver and application installs (SDI_CHOCO). Highly configurable and fully documented. Used by 1000's people every day.
Win32 Disk Imager gruemaster, tuxinator2009 GNU GPL v2 Yes Windows Windows, Linux, DOS.

This program is designed to write a raw disk image to a removable device or backup a removable device to a raw image file.

YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer) GNU GPL v2[1] Yes Windows Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian Live, Fedora, OpenSUSE, derivatives of Puppy Linux, and various other Linux distros; antivirus tools, system and security tools, Windows installers, Windows PE builds; and ISOs.
Squirrel USB Michael Kearney Freeware Yes Windows Windows
WinToUSB Hasleo Software Freeware Yes Windows Windows
Windows To Go Microsoft Proprietary Yes Windows Windows 8 or later, Enterprise edition
SARDU SARDU pro srl Proprietary Yes Windows, Linux Windows installer and PE.

Official and derivates of Android, Arch, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, Knoppix, Manjaro, Linux Mint, PcLinuxOS, Porteus, Puppit, Sabayon, Slax, Tinycore, Ubuntu.

Antivirus, system and security tools, Rescue CD, Disaster Recovery and Partition Editor. Clone of Hard Disk and Partition ... and more ISOs

AOMEI Partition Assistant[2] AOMEI Technology Freeware No Windows Windows
DasBoot[3] SubRosaSoft Freeware No OS X OS X
GNU dd Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, and Stuart Kemp[4] Free software Yes Unix-like Virtually anything
Fedora Live USB creator Fedora Project GNU GPL No Windows, Linux Linux
LinuxLive USB Creator Thibaut Lauzière GNU GPL v3 Yes Windows Linux
mkusb mkusb-nox Nio Wiklund GNU GPL v3 Yes Linux (uses bash and zenity) System images; Live: Linux (all hybrid iso files); Persistent live: Debian, Ubuntu; Windows installer
remastersys Tony Brijeski GNU GPL v2 No[5] Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, their derivatives
SliTaz TazUSB SliTaz GNU GPL Yes SliTaz GNU/Linux SliTaz GNU/Linux
SUSE Studio ImageWriter Matt Barringer GNU GPL v2 Yes Windows, Linux Linux
Ubuntu Live USB creator Canonical Ltd GNU GPL v3 Yes Windows, Ubuntu Ubuntu
UNetbootin Geza Kovacs GNU GPL v2+[6] Yes Windows, OS X, Linux Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS, Gentoo, Linux Mint, Arch Linux, Mandriva, MEPIS, Slackware, FreeDOS, FreeBSD and NetBSD

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YUMI is licensed under the GPL v2 as documented in the file "YUMI-Copying.txt", which can be found inside the source code archive available at the official YUMI website.
  2. ^ "Create Windows PE Bootable CD Wizard". 
  3. ^ "SubRosaSoft Dasboot 2.0". Retrieved 22 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "dd man page, Author". 
  5. ^ "remastersys web page". 
  6. ^ "License and credits of UNetbootin".