How to Create a Bootable USB Drive in Ubuntu


This is a tutorial with steps on how to create a bootable USB drive in Ubuntu from iso image file.

There are some clearly good instructions here using “Startup Disk Creator”, but you may find errors while using the same. However, there is another way to create bootable USB from image files in Ubuntu using “Unetbootin”.

Unetbootin is a utility which helps you create bootable USB sticks for all popular operating systems including Linux.

Supported Distributions

Unetbootin Supported Distributions
Ubuntu Fedora Debian
PCLinuxOS Linux Mint Sabayon Linux
Zenwalk Slax Dreamlinux
Arch Elix Damn Small Linux
CentOS SliTaz Mandrive
Puppy Linux gNewSense Linux Console
freeBSD netBSD xPud

Steps to create Bootable USB in Ubuntu

  • Format your USB drive using gparted to fat32 system. If gparted not installed in your system, you can install it by using sudo apt-get install gparted.
  • Install Unetbootin (if not installed) using below commands:
    sudo apt-get install unetbootin
  • Launch unetbootin from dash
  • In the Unetbootin window, select desired distribution and its version.
  • Unetbootin Configuration

    Unetbootin Configuration

  • Select type of Disk Image type ISO and select the ISO file
  • Select the destination drive as USB Drive and select the mount path
  • Press OK and wait for the Unetbootin to finish.
  • Unetbootin Creating Bootable USB

    Unetbootin Creating Bootable USB

Your bootable USB Drive is ready to boot from it.


Drop a comment if you face any issues using Unetbootin.

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