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 many reasons people choose Linux over other operating systems. It is one of the most customizable operating systems 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 the father of Linux. The leading beauty of the 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 the total market share in Q2 2016.

There are many versions of Linux available for desktop computers and laptops also. Some famous 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 install multiple operating systems alongside Linux. You can also install Linux alongside another operating system such as Windows (called Dual Boot system). Installing Linux requires bootable media like CD or USB drive.

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

How to Create Bootable USB Drive for Linux Installation?

In many ways, you can create a bootable USB drive for Linux; 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 a bootable USB drive. It is the fastest and easiest tool for creating bootable media of any OS using ISO images. Let’s start with the first method.

Note: Make sure to backup all your data from a 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 a 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 and 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 a 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 a bit slower.

universal usb installer

  • Now, select the Linux distribution name 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 the 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 a bootable USB drive for Linux installation. Now, you can install Linux on your and others’ PC. Do share this article with your friends if you like it. If you don’t like it, share the reason with us we will try our best to improve it.

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