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 stick to choose which system to load at boot time.

Name Developer Licensing Maintained? Multiboot?
Squirrel USB Michael Kearney Free software Yes Yes
WinToUSB The EasyUEFI Development Team Free for personal use[1] Yes No
cd2usb hacktolive No[2] No
DasBoot[3] SubRosaSoft Proprietary software No No
dd Paul Rubin, David MacKenzie, and Stuart Kemp[4] Free software Yes No
dd for windows Chrysocome and John Newbigin GPLv2* Yes No
Debian live-magic Debian Free software Yes No
Easy2Boot SteveSi Free software Yes Yes
Fedora Live USB creator Fedora Project Free software Yes No
flash-knoppix Knoppix Free software Yes No
FUSBi - Free USB Installer Ali Gunduz Free software No[5] No
Image Writer for Windows Justin Davis Free software Yes No
Partition Assistant AOMEI Technology Free software Yes No
ISOmorphic Check Point Software Technologies Proprietary software Yes No
Linux Live Kit[6] Tomáš Matějíček[7] Free software Yes No
LinuxLive USB Creator Thibaut Lauzière Free software Yes No
LiveUSB Install Krasimir Stefanov (lokster) Free software Yes[8] Yes
Mac Linux USB Loader SevenBits Free software Yes No
mkusb sudodus Free software Yes No
MultiSystem - LiveUSB MultiBoot[9] Fabre François[10][11] GPL v2+[11] Yes[12] Yes puredyne Free software No[13] No
Mandriva Seed Mandriva Free software Yes No
MultiBootUSB[14] sundar_ima GPLv3 Yes Yes
Portable Linux[15]  ?
Refracta2usb adapted for Refracta by Fsmithred[16] GPLv3 Yes Yes
remastersys Tony Brijeski Free software No[17] No
Rufus Pete Batard GPLv3 Yes No
SARDU Davide Costa Free for personal use Yes Yes
SliTaz TazUSB SliTaz Free software Yes No
SUSE Studio ImageWriter Matt Barringer Free software Yes No
Ubuntu Live USB creator Canonical Ltd Free software Yes No
UNetbootin Geza Kovacs GPL v2+[18] Yes No
Universal USB Installer Pen Drive Linux Free software Yes No
USBWriter Etienne Doms Free software Yes No
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Microsoft Free software[19] Yes No
Windows To Go Microsoft Proprietary software Yes  ?
WinSetupFromUSB Iliya Taushanov Free software Yes Yes
WiNToBootic Mr. Jack Free software Yes  ?
WinToFlash Novicorp Free for personal use Yes Yes
WinUSB colingille Free software Yes  ?
YUMI pendrivelinux Free software[20] Yes Yes
XBoot shamurshamur Free software Yes Yes
Name Developer Licensing Maintained? Multiboot?

Operating system support[edit]

Name Windows Mac OS X Linux *BSD
squirrel USB Yes (host/target) No No No
WinToUSB Yes (host/target) No No No
cd2usb No No Yes No
DasBoot No Yes No No
dd No Yes Yes Yes
Debian live-magic No No Yes No
Easy2Boot Yes No Yes (host/target) No
Fedora Live USB creator Yes (host) No Yes (host/target) No
flash-knoppix No No Yes No
Free USB Installer No No Yes No
Image Writer for Windows Yes (host) No Yes (target) No
AOMEI Partition Assistant Yes (host) No No No
Linux Live Kit[21] No No Yes No
LinuxLive USB Creator Yes (host/target) No Yes (target) No
Live Linux USB Creator No Yes No No
LiveUSB Install No No Yes No
LiveUSB MultiBoot No No Yes No
Mac Linux USB Loader No Yes (host) Yes (target) No No No Yes No
Mandriva Seed Yes No Yes No
mkusb No No Yes (host / target depending on iso or img.[gx]z file) No
MultiBootUSB Yes No Yes No
Portable Linux No No Yes No
Refracta2usb No No Yes ?
remastersys No No Yes No
Rufus Yes No Yes (target) No
SARDU Yes (host/target) Yes (target) Yes (host/target) Yes (target)
SliTaz TazUSB No No Yes No
SUSE Studio ImageWriter Yes (host) No Yes (host/target) No
Ubuntu Live USB creator No No Yes No
UNetbootin Yes (host) Yes (host) Yes (host/target) Yes (target)
Universal USB Installer Yes (host) No Yes (target) No
USBWriter Yes (host/target) No Yes (target) ?
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool Yes No No No
Windows To Go Yes No No No
WinSetupFromUSB Yes (host/target) No Yes (target) No
WiNToBootic Yes No No No
WinToFlash Yes No Yes (target) Yes (target)
WinUSB Yes (target) No Yes (host) No
YUMI Yes (host/target) No Yes ?
XBoot Yes No No No
Name Windows Mac OS X Linux *BSD

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