Rufus Download : Create bootable USB drives the easy way

[rufus icon] Rufus

Create bootable USB drives the easy way
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Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
It can be especially useful for cases where:
  • you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
  • you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed
  • you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
  • you want to run a low-level utility
Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!
Oh, and Rufus is fast. For instance it's about twice as fast as UNetbootinUniversal USB Installer or Windows 7 USB download tool, on the creation of a Windows 7 USB installation drive from an ISO. It is also marginally faster on the creation of Linux bootable USB from ISOs. (1)
A non exhaustive list of Rufus supported ISOs is also provided at the bottom of this page. (2)

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Last updated 2017.09.12:

Supported Languages:

AzərbaycancaBahasa IndonesiaBahasa MalaysiaБългарскиČeštinaDanskDeutsch
ΕλληνικάEnglishEspañolFrançaisHrvatskiItalianoLatviešuLietuviųMagyarNederlands
NorskPolskiPortuguêsPortuguês do BrasilРусскийRomânăSlovenskySlovenščinaSrpski
SuomiSvenskaTiếng ViệtTürkçeУкраїнська简体中文正體中文日本語한국어ไทย
עבריתالعربيةفارسی.

System Requirements:

Windows XP or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn't matter. Once downloaded, the application is ready to use.
I will take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the translators who made it possible for Rufus, as well as this webpage, to be translated in various languages. If you find that you can use Rufus in your own language, you should really thank them!

Usage

Download the executable and run it – no installation is necessary.
The executable is digitally signed and the signature should state:
  • "Akeo Consulting" (v1.3.0 or later)
  • "Pete Batard - Open Source Developer" (v1.2.0 or earlier)

Notes on DOS support:

If you create a DOS bootable drive and use a non-US keyboard, Rufus will attempt to select a keyboard layout according to the locale of your system. In that case, FreeDOS, which is the default selection, is recommended over MS-DOS, as it supports more keyboard layouts.

Notes on ISO Support:

All versions of Rufus since v1.1.0 allow the creation of a bootable USB from an ISO image (.iso).
Creating an ISO image from a physical disc or from a set of files is very easy to do however, through the use of a CD burning application, such as the freely available CDBurnerXP or ImgBurn.

Notes on UEFI & GPT support:

Since version 1.3.2, Rufus support UEFI as well as GPT for installation media, meaning that it will allow you to install Windows 7, Windows 8 or Linux in full EFI mode.
However, Windows Vista or later is required for full UEFI/GPT support. Because of OS limitations, Windows XP restricts the creation of UEFI bootable drives to MBR mode.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A Rufus FAQ is available HERE.
To provide feedback, report a bug or request an enhancement, please use the github issue tracker. Or you can send an e-mail.

License

GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 or later.
You are free to distribute, modify or even sell the software, insofar as you respect the GPLv3 license.
Rufus is produced in a 100% transparent manner, from its public source, using a MinGW32environment.

Changelog

  • Version 2.17 (2017.09.12)
    • Add support for Debian 9 live ISOs in UEFI mode
    • Add support for Super Floppy Disk "partitioning" mode
    • Add support for more non-USB card readers
    • Strengthen download update checks, to prevent attack scenarios that leverage user unawareness
    • Fix an issue with Spanish translation prompts not displaying properly
    • Fix an issue with Windows To Go support on some non-official Windows ISOs
    • Fix an issue with log autoscrolling
    • Fix an issue when using A: or B: as drive letters
  •  
  • Other versions

Source Code


  • Rufus 2.17 (2.4 MB)
  • Alternatively, you can clone the git repository using:
    $ git clone git://github.com/pbatard/rufus
  • For more information, see the github project.

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