UNetbootin: create bootable Live USB

UNetbootin create bootable Live USB drives for every distributions without burning a CD. Running on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

unetbootinUNetbootin is Universal Netboot. It runs on both Windows and Linux. You can either let UNetbootin download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Windows or Linux .iso file if you’ve already downloaded one or your preferred distribution isn’t on the list.

Advantages of bootable USB sticks with UNetbootin.

There are some clear advantages of bootable USB flash drives over CDs/DVDs: Your notebook doesn’t have an optical drive or it’s broken… You can carry around a fully functional operating system on your keyring… Data can be stored on the flash drive while on Live CDs you can’t…

Most likely you will want to install a Linux distribution, or a Windows distribution you have the .iso file. A bootable USB drive can also come incredibly handy when you have to backup your broken computer, and there are a lot more scenarios. UNetbootin has built-in support for numerous distributions, including Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, PCLinuxOS, Linux Mint, ArchLinux, Debian, CentOS, Frugalware, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and Parted Magic, though many other distributions can also be installed via an existing ISO or floppy/hard disk image file.


UNetbootin is a simple and effective Live USB creator.

It is cross-platform (available for Windows and Linux), with a non-destructive install (does not format the device) using Syslinux. It supports mainstream Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS, Debian, Gentoo, Linux Mint, Arch Linux, Mandriva, Mepis, Slackware as well as FreeDOS, FreeBSD and NetBSD. It can load a variety of system utilities, such as Ophcrack, BackTrack. And other operating systems can be loaded via pre-downloaded ISO image or floppy/hard drive disk image files.

More info

Have a look on UNetbootin features, and screenshots. As it is open source, you can downoad it for free. It is a living project, on which a living community is working. If you like the idea, if you wish to participate to the future development of the software, if you wish to donate to the development team, or if you wish to express your written enthusiasm to the developpers, there are many ways to help and support the developing team !

Tutorials & Help

Questions about the use of UNetbootin? To get your answer, you have 2 ways: either you can look and the official source (official project site, official forum and FAQ), or get your knowledge from the end users, through their own participation: tutorial videos, unofficial FAQ and the latest bloggers’ articles concerning the software.

UNetbootin reviews:

have a look on the professional press reviews, and the end users latest comments. They will inform you about the “pros” and “cons” of the software.

Other versions and alternatives:

As there are many operating systems, some specific port of the software can exist. And have a look on other software alternatives that can interest you too. They can be mere open-souce like UNetbootin, or Proprietary (Freeware, Shareware) and can possibly feed your need or requirement.


Create a bootable USB flash drive with UNetbootin.

UNetbootin features :

– UNetbootin can install to your local hard disk or make a bootable liveUSB drive. It can also load floppy/hard disk images, or kernel/initrds, or (some) ISO (CD image) files, for installing other distributions.
– The current version has built-in support for many distributions


– A USB Drive
– A broadband internet connection to download the distribution packages
– Spare hard drive space to install the OS in

Step-by-step instructions

Preliminary Note:

Although data on your USB stick should not be deleted, it is possible that UNetbootin could erase files during the process, so please back up your drive first.

What you need:

1. Download and install UNetbootin

2. Connect your flash drive to your computer

3. Open UNetbootin, select the Diskimage option and browse to your source ISO file (in case you don’t have one, select the Distribution option and a preferred image. The download will take a while)

4. Select your thumb drive and hit OK to start the installation

After UNetbootin is done, you should now be able to boot off the flash drive at startup. Reboot and make sure your computer boots from the USB drive. If it doesn’t work make you might have to change the boot order in the BIOS.


Hardware Requirements

  • Decent x86 or x64 processor(s), up to 16 cores supported
  • 512MB or more system memory, 1GB or more recommended for HD encoding
  • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, or Linux, or Mac OS X 10.5+. Note that resulting USB drives are bootable only on PCs (not on Macs).
  • Internet access for downloading a distro to install, or a pre-downloaded ISO file

Supported OS

  • Windows XP/2003 x86/x64
  • Windows Vista x86/x64
  • Windows 7 x86/x64
  • Linux

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