Rufus is a small utility that helps format and creates bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pen drives, memory sticks, etc. It can be especially useful for cases where: you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, 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.
Rufus is significantly faster than similar utilities and it’s open-source and free. All versions of Rufus 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.
Rufus Portable is a USB formatting utility which also can create a bootable USB drive using a bootable ISO image. This app requires admin rights. Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!
Rufus is fast. For instance, it’s about twice as fast as UNetbootin, Universal 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.
Rufus supports 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.
Supported Languages: Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Latin), Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
System Requirements: Windows 7 or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn’t matter.
Changes in Rufus 3.7:
- Finalize persistent partition support for Debian and Ubuntu:
- Debian with persistence should work out of the box with any recent “Debian Live” ISO.
- Ubuntu with persistence should also work *IF* using a post 2019.08.01 ISO. Note that, because of bug #1489855, trying to use persistence with Ubuntu ISOs that were released before August 2019 will only result in rescue mode during boot – You have been warned!
- Other distros may work with persistence as long as they use a Debian-like or Ubuntu-like
- method, and, in the case of Ubuntu-like, if they use casper with the #1489855 bugfix.
- Add cheat mode () to switch between percent/speed/ETA on *some* operations [EXPERIMENTAL]
- Report SuperSpeed+ devices in the log (Come on USB-IF, just add “Ludicrous Speed” already!)
- Fix UI checkboxes (Extended label, Fixes for old BIOSes) being cleared on START
- Fix “Can’t mount GUID volume” regression when creating Windows To Go drives
- Fix “Volume label is invalid” error with empty labels on Windows 7
- Fix stale progress bar during standalone ext2/ext3 formatting
- Disable ISO mode for Pop_OS
- Other cosmetic and internal improvements
Size: 1.08 MB