List of tools to create Live USB systems

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This is a list of utilities for creating Live USB. Only those listed on Wikipedia are included.


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
balenaEtcher Balena Apache License 2.0 Yes Linux, macOS, Windows Linux
DasBoot SubRosaSoft Freeware No macOS macOS
Fedora Media Writer The Fedora Project GNU GPL v2 Yes Linux, macOS, Windows Linux
GNOME Disks Gnome disks contributors GPL-2.0-or-later Yes GNU/Linux Virtually anything
GNU dd Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, and Stuart Kemp[1] Free software Yes Unix-like Virtually anything
LinuxLive USB Creator (LiLi) Thibaut Lauzière GNU GPL v3 No Windows Linux
remastersys Tony Brijeski GNU GPL v2 No[2] Debian, Linux Mint, Ubuntu Debian, Linux Mint, Ubuntu & their derivatives
Rufus Pete Batard GNU GPL v3 Yes Windows DOS, Linux, Windows
SliTaz TazUSB SliTaz GNU GPL v3 Yes SliTaz GNU/Linux SliTaz GNU/Linux
Ubuntu Live USB creator Canonical Ltd GNU GPL v3 Yes Ubuntu, Windows Ubuntu
UNetbootin Geza Kovacs GNU GPL v2+[3] Yes Linux, macOS, Windows Arch Linux, CentOS, Fedora, Gentoo, Linux Mint, MEPIS, Mandriva, openSUSE, Slackware, Ubuntu; FreeBSD, NetBSD; FreeDOS
Universal USB Installer (UUI) Pendrivelinux GNU GPL Yes Windows many
Ventoy longpanda GNU GPL v3+[4] Yes Linux, Windows Linux, Windows, FreeBSD
Windows To Go Microsoft Proprietary No Windows Windows 8 or later, Enterprise edition

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "dd man page, Author".
  2. ^ "remastersys web page".
  3. ^ "UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads".
  4. ^ "Ventoy".