UNetbootin can be used to easily create a Live Linux USB flash drive from an ISO file. This cross platform Live USB creation tool is available for Windows, Linux, and MacOS X operating systems. Many Live Linux distributions are supported out of the box with custom install options available for distributions that are not.
Originally authored by Geza Kovacs, UNetbootin was released under GNU GPL v2. Learn more at the Projects Home Page.
It is important to mention that at the time of this writing; Live Linux USB flash drives created with this tool do not utilize a persistence feature. The resulting bootable USB Linux install will function just as it does from a Live CD. By default you will not be able to save and restore your changes. Additionally, only one distribution can be put on the flash drive. If you wish to store and boot multiple Linux distributions, system utilities, and Windows Installers, you should use a tool like YUMI – Multiboot ISO to USB, instead.
Make a Live Linux bootable USB – UNetbootin Windows
The following assumes you are working from within Windows and have a current copy of the ISO you wish to convert.
- Download the UNetbootin Windows version.
- Download your favorite Linux ISO.
- Double click the Executable to start the program.
- (1) Click the Diskimage radio box. (2) Browse to select your ISO. (3) Set your target USB drive. (4) Click OK to start the creation.
- Once the installation has completed, from the Unetbootin window, select the option to Reboot Now.
- During the reboot, Enter your system BIOS or boot menu and select to USB boot from your flash drive. Then restart, and enjoy running your favorite Live Linux on USB.