How to Create Bootable USB Drive for Linux Installation

create bootable usb drive for linux installation

Linux is one of the most popular operating systems to date. There are lots of reasons for people to choose Linux over other operating systems. It is one of the most customizable operating system available.

Linux kernel was created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds in Helsinki which was further used for operating systems such as Linux. He is considered as a father of Linux. The main beauty of Linux operating system is that- it’s free of cost, you can develop it on your own and distribute it all you want (without taking any money).

Thanks to him, Linux is widely used in the smartphone industry. The most popular operating system on smartphones “Android” is based on Linux. According to Gartner, Android covered 86.2% of total market share in Q2 of 2016.

There are many versions of Linux available for desktop computers and laptops also. Some of the popular examples are Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Red Hat, Kali Linux etc. So, there are a wide variety of choices available for users to choose from and the best part is- it is free of cost.

You can install Linux as a standalone operating system on your PC or you can install multiple operating systems alongside Linux. You can also install Linux alongside another operating system such as Windows (called as Dual Boot system). Installing Linux requires bootable media like CD or USB drive.

Here We have explained in detail how to create bootable USB Drive for Linux installation. You can use this tutorial to create bootable USB drive for various versions of Linux like- Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Kali Linux etc. Basically, it is same for all the versions of Linux.

How to Create Bootable USB Drive for Linux Installation?

There are many ways using which you can create bootable USB drive for Linux but, here I have explained the simplest and easiest methods available. The first method requires third party software called Rufus. Rufus is the best way to create bootable USB drive. It is fastest and easiest tool for creating bootable media of any OS using ISO image. Let’s start with the first method.

Note: Make sure to backup all your data from USB drive as this process will erase everything on that drive.

Method 1: Using Rufus

Here we are considering you already have the ISO image of Linux.


  • Attach USB drive to your PC. Rufus will automatically detect the USB drive if not do it manually.

Rufus to create bootable USB drive


  • Choose ISO Image from the drop down menu.

Rufus to create bootable USB drive

  • Choose the ISO image using the button next to it.

Rufus to create bootable USB drive

  • Rufus will automatically choose the other options, leave it as it is (check the image below for reference).

Create Bootable USB drive for Linux installation

  • Hit the Start button and be patient until it finishes.

It takes few minutes to finish. After finishing eject the USB drive. Now, you can use it to install Linux on your PC.

Method 2: Using Universal USB Installer

This method is as simple as the first method but bit slower.

universal usb installer

  • Now, select the name of Linux distribution you wish to install (for ex. mine is Ubuntu).

universal usb installer ubuntu

  • Next, select the ISO image you have downloaded.

universal usb installer ubuntu

  • Select the USB drive which you wish to make bootable and check the checkbox to format USB drive.

universal usb installer Linux installation

  • Hit the Create button and wait until it finishes.

Create Bootable USB drive for Linux installation

Congratulations! you have successfully created bootable USB drive for Linux installation. Now, you can install Linux on your as well as on others PC. Do share this article with your friends if you like it. If you don’t like it then share the reason with us we will try our best to improve it.

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