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 that 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
Changes in Rufus 3.12:
- Add optional SHA-512 digest algorithm (Alt-H)
- Add a cheat mode (Alt +/-) to increase/decrease application priority
- Enable direct provision of install.wim/install.esd for Windows To Go
- Move the ESP to the beginning of the drive for Windows To Go, on systems that allow it
- Enforce a minimum volume size of 256 MB for ext2/ext3 partitions
- Speed up the scanning of ISOs with lots of Rock Ridge deep directory entries
- Fix detection of GRUB version and update embedded GRUB for Ubuntu 20.10 support
- Fix user interface labels for accessibility
- Workaround a Windows bug where the wrong drive letter may be returned
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7 or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn’t matter.
Size: 1.09 MB