Using UNetbootin to Create a Linux USB

How to Install and Use UNetbootin from Linux: This Live USB creation tool can be used to create a Live Linux USB flash drive. One nice feature of this bootable USB creator is that the tool is offered for both Windows and Linux users. In the following, I will cover how to quickly get it up and running within an Ubuntu Linux Operating Environment.

Note that this tool can only be used to make a USB boot from one single Distribution. If you are looking to store and boot multiple Distributions from the same flash drive, consider using a Multiboot tool like the YUMI – Multiboot Bootable USB tool.

This USB Boot tool was created by Geza Kovacs, released under GNU GPL v2.

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How to Install and Run UNetbootin under Ubuntu Linux

    1. Open a terminal (applications > accessories > terminal)
    2. Type wget unetbootin.sourceforge.net/unetbootin-linux-latest
    3. Type chmod +x ./unetbootin-linux-*
    4. Type sudo apt-get install p7zip-full
    5. Type sudo ./unetbootin-linux-*

Alternately, you can just double click the unetbootin-linux-* file to run it, since it was marked executable in step 3.

How to Use UNetbootin under Ubuntu Linux

Insert your USB flash drive and Start the tool (See step 5 above).

Option One – Distribution: Let the tool fetch and download the Linux Distribution from the internet.

(1) Select a Linux Distribution. (2) Select a  specific Version. (3) Make sure the correct USB Drive is detected and then Click OK. Using UNetbootin - Fetch the ISO files from the Net

Or you can opt to use Option Two…

Option Two – Diskimage: Browse to and use an existing Linux ISO file.

(1) Browse to the ISO Image you would like the tool to put on your USB flash drive. (2) Make sure the correct USB Drive is detected and then Click OK. UNetbootin DiskImage - use existing ISO Option

After the installation has finished, simply click Reboot Now.
unetbootin install done

Finally, Enter your system BIOS. Set your BIOS or boot menu to boot from your USB flash drive. Reboot and enjoy running your favorite Live Linux from USB.

This concludes the process of using another great tool to copy and boot your favorite Linux ISO from your flash drive.