How to Create a Bootable USB Drive in Ubuntu

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

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 that helps you create bootable USB sticks for all popular operating systems including Linux.

Supported Distributions

Unetbootin Supported Distributions
PCLinuxOSLinux MintSabayon Linux
ArchElixDamn Small Linux
Puppy LinuxgNewSenseLinux Console

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 the below commands:
    sudo apt-get install unetbootin
  • Launch unetbootin from the menu.
  • In the Unetbootin window, select the desired distribution and its version.
Unetbootin Configuration
Unetbootin Configuration
  • Select the 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 and you can boot from it.


Drop a comment if you face any issues using Unetbootin.


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