Bootable live USB creator for Ubuntu, Fedora, and Linux distributions



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  • Latest Version

    UNetbootin 7.02 LATEST

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    Michael Reynolds

  • Operating System

    Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows 10

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UNetbootin is a cross-platform utility that allows users to create bootable USB drives for various operating systems without hassle. Whether you're a Linux enthusiast, a system administrator, or a casual user looking to experiment with different operating systems, UNetbootin for PC simplifies the process of creating bootable USB drives from ISO files.

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Key Features

Cross-platform Compatibility
Available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, it ensures that users on different operating systems can utilize its features.

Wide Range of Supported Operating Systems
It supports a plethora of Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and many others. It also supports various utility live disks and other operating systems like Windows.

No Installation Required

It operates as a standalone application, eliminating the need for installation. Users can run it directly from the downloaded executable file.

Customization Options
Users can specify the target USB drive, choose the desired distribution or ISO file, and allocate space for persistent storage (if supported by the selected distribution).

Live Disk Creation
It enables users to create live disks directly from ISO files, allowing them to test out operating systems without installing them on their computers.

User Interface

It sports a minimalist and intuitive user interface. Upon launching the application, users are greeted with straightforward options for selecting the desired distribution or ISO file, choosing the target USB drive, and adjusting settings if necessary.

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The interface prioritizes simplicity and ease of use, making it accessible to users with varying levels of technical expertise.

Installation and Setup

One of the standout features of this tool is its hassle-free installation and setup process. Since the application does not require installation, users can simply download the executable file from the official website or FileHorse and run it on their respective operating systems. This streamlined approach means that users can start creating bootable USB drives without dealing with complex installation procedures or dependencies.

How to Use
  • Download the app executable for your operating system from the official website.
  • Run the tool by double-clicking the downloaded file.
  • Select the desired distribution or ISO file from the provided options or specify a custom ISO file.
  • Choose the target USB drive from the list of available drives.
  • Optionally, adjust settings such as persistent storage size (if supported).
  • Click "OK" to initiate the creation of the bootable USB drive.
  • Once the process is complete, restart your computer and boot from the newly created USB drive.
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Can UNetbootin create bootable USB drives for PC?
Yes, it supports creating bootable USB drives for various Windows versions, including Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

Does UNetbootin support persistent storage for Linux distributions?
Yes, it allows users to allocate space for persistent storage when creating bootable USB drives for supported Linux distributions.

Can I use UNetbootin to create a bootable USB drive from an ISO file that I've downloaded separately?
Absolutely!! It provides an option to select a custom ISO file, allowing users to create bootable USB drives from ISO files obtained from sources other than the provided distributions.

Is UNetbootin open-source software?
Yes, UNetbootin is open-source software, licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).

Are there any size limitations for the USB drive when using UNetbootin?
It can create bootable USB drives on drives with a capacity of 1GB or larger, ensuring compatibility with most modern USB drives.

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The tool is available as FREE and open-source software, allowing users to download and use it without any cost. Its open-source nature also means that users have access to the underlying code and can contribute to its development or customize it to suit their needs.

Supported Distributions

It has built-in support for automatically downloading and loading the following distributions, though installing other distributions is also supported:
  • Ubuntu
  • Kubuntu
  • Xubuntu
  • Lubuntu
  • Debian
  • openSUSE
  • Arch Linux
  • Damn Small Linux
  • SliTaz
  • Linux Mint
  • Zenwalk
  • Slax
  • Elive
  • CentOS
  • FreeBSD
  • NetBSD
  • 3CX
  • Fedora
  • PCLinuxOS
  • Sabayon Linux
  • Gentoo
  • LinuxConsole
  • Frugalware Linux
  • xPUD
  • Puppy Linux
It can also be used to load various system utilities, including:
  • Parted Magic
  • SystemRescueCD
  • Super Grub Disk
  • Dr.Web Antivirus
  • F-Secure Rescue CD
  • Kaspersky Rescue Disk
  • Backtrack
  • Ophcrack
  • NTPasswd
  • Gujin
  • Smart Boot Manager
  • FreeDOS
System Requirements

OS: Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP

  • Cross-platform compatibility
  • Wide range of supported operating systems
  • No installation required
  • User-friendly interface
  • Customization options for advanced users
  • Limited features compared to some alternatives
  • Occasional compatibility issues with certain ISO files
  • Lack of official support and updates

It stands out as a versatile and user-friendly tool for creating bootable USB drives from ISO files. Its cross-platform compatibility, wide range of supported operating systems, and intuitive interface make it an ideal choice for both casual users and seasoned professionals.

While it may lack some advanced features found in other utilities, its simplicity and reliability make it a valuable addition to any user's toolkit for system maintenance, troubleshooting, or experimentation with different operating systems.

With its open-source nature and active community support, UNetbootin continues to be a go-to solution for bootable USB creation needs across various platforms.

Also Available: Download UNetbootin for Mac

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What's new in this version:

- Adds support for macOS 11.1 Big Sur