|Original author(s)||Geza Kovacs|
|Initial release||April 2007|
Release 702 / February 4, 2021
|Written in||C++ (Qt 4/5)|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux|
|License||GNU GPL version 2 or later|
UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can create live USB systems and can load a variety of system utilities or install various Linux distributions and other operating systems without a CD.
- Cross-platform (available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X)
- Non-destructive install (does not format the device) using Syslinux.
- Supports mainstream Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS, Gentoo, Linux Mint, Arch Linux, Mandriva, MEPIS, Slackware as well as FreeDOS, FreeBSD and NetBSD.
- Can load a variety of system utilities, such as Ophcrack, BackTrack.
- Other operating systems can be loaded via pre-downloaded ISO image or floppy/hard drive disk image files.
- Automatically detects all removable devices.
- Supports LiveUSB persistence (preserving files across reboots; this feature is for Ubuntu only)
Multiple installs on the same device are not supported.
Hard drive install
UNetbootin's distinguishing features are its support for a great variety of Linux distributions, its portability, its ability to load custom disk image (including ISO image) files, and its support for both Windows and Linux. Unlike Wubi, and similar to the Win32-Loader, when installing to hard disk, UNetbootin installs to a partition, not a disk image, thus creating a dual-boot setup between Linux and Windows.
A review in Full Circle magazine in February 2021 stated, "despite the rather dated-looking interface, UNetbootin works perfectly, allowing the writing of almost any Linux or BSD distribution to a USB stick for testing or installation. It is a great example of the Unix philosophy: an application that does one thing and does it well."
- Kovacs, Geza. "UNetbootin Releases". GitHub. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
- UNetbootin License and Credits
- Kovacs, Geza. "UNetbootin". GitHub. Archived from the original on 10 November 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
- "UNetbootin". Softpedia. 9 November 2020. Archived from the original on 6 October 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
- Geza Kovacs (tuxcantfly). "Install Ubuntu Without a CD". Ubuntu. Retrieved 2007-10-10.
- "UNetbootin". Yep!. 10 November 2020. Archived from the original on 11 November 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
- Hunt, Adam (26 February 2021). "Review - UNetbootin" (PDF). Full Circle magazine. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 February 2021. Retrieved 26 February 2021.