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Create bootable USB drives the easy way

[rufus icon] Rufus

Create bootable USB drives the easy way
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Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
It can be especially useful for cases where:
  • you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, 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
Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!
Oh, and Rufus is fast. For instance it's about twice as fast as UNetbootinUniversal USB Installer orWindows 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. (1)
A non exhaustive list of Rufus supported ISOs is also provided at the bottom of this page. (2)
  CALLING ON NEW TRANSLATORS!  
Translators come and go, but new features and messages are continuously being added to Rufus, so it needs your help in updating some of its current translations. Right now, I would be exceedingly interested in finding people that could bring existing localizations for Simplified Chinese and Arabicup to date.
If you speak one of these languages, and speak English, and want to help with a much needed update for the next version of Rufus, please have a look here.

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Last updated 2015.03.03:

Supported Languages:

Bahasa IndonesiaBahasa MalaysiaБългарскиČeštinaDanskDeutschΕλληνικάEnglish
EspañolFrançaisHrvatskiItalianoLatviešuLietuviųMagyarNederlandsNorskPolski
PortuguêsPortuguês do BrasilРусскийRomânăSlovenskySlovenščinaSuomiSvenska
TürkçeУкраїнськаالعربية简体中文正體中文日本語한국어.

System Requirements:

Windows XP or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn't matter. Once downloaded, the application is ready to use.
I will take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the translators who made it possible for Rufus, as well as this webpage, to be translated in various languages. If you find that you can use Rufus in your own language, you should really thank them!

Usage

Download the executable and run it – no installation is necessary.
The executable is digitally signed and the signature should state:
  • "Akeo Consulting" (v1.3.0 or later)
  • "Pete Batard - Open Source Developer" (v1.2.0 or earlier)

Notes on DOS support:

If you create a DOS bootable drive and use a non-US keyboard, Rufus will attempt to select a keyboard layout according to the locale of your system. In that case, FreeDOS, which is the default selection, is recommended over MS-DOS, as it supports more keyboard layouts.

Notes on ISO Support:

All versions of Rufus since v1.1.0 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.

Notes on UEFI & GPT support:

Since version 1.3.2, Rufus support 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A Rufus FAQ is available HERE.
To provide feedback, report a bug or request an enhancement, please use the github issue tracker. Or you can send an e-mail.

License

GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 or later.
You are free to distribute, modify or even sell the software, insofar as you respect the GPLv3 license.
Rufus is produced in a 100% transparent manner, from its public source, using a MinGW32environment.

Changelog

  • Version 2.0 (2015.03.03)
    • Major UI improvements (improved font, new info field, no separate progress dialog, etc.)
    • Add support for Windows To Go (when Rufus is running on Windows 8 or later)
    • Add support for Grub4DOS and GRUB 2 based images (e.g. FreeNAS)
    • Add portable application support, through a 'rufus.ini' file
    • Add native decompression support for DD images (.Z, .gz, .lzma, .bz2 and .xz)
    • Add seamless UEFI boot of NTFS partitions, for Windows ISOs with large files (>4GB)
    • Add support for Windows multipart 'install.swm'
    • Add support for non Microsoft VHD drivers
    • Add Norwegian translation, courtesy of JED
    • Fix a crash on image selection when no device is present
    • Fix broken VHD support on non-English version of Windows
    • Fix write error for DD images that are not a multiple of the sector size
    • Fix broken Unicode support
    • Update embedded Syslinux to 6.03
    • Other improvements and fixes
    • Update Windows version listing for Windows 10
  •  
  • Other versions

Source Code

  • Rufus 2.0 (2.1 MB)
  • Alternatively, you can clone the git repository using:
    $ git clone git://github.com/pbatard/rufus
  • For more information, see the github project.
If you are a developer, you are very much encouraged to tinker with Rufus and submit patches.

Donations

Since I'm getting asked about this on regular basis, there is no donation button on this page.
The main reason is that I feel that the donation system doesn't actually help software development and worse, can be guilt-inducing for users who choose not to donate.
Instead, I think that "mécénat"; or developer patronage, from companies which benefit most from a healthy FLOSS ecosystem, is what we should be aiming for. This is because, unless they are backed by a company, developers who want to provide quality Open Source software cannot realistically sustain full time development, no matter how generous their software users are.
Also, unless you are blocking them (hint, hint), you'll notice that there are ads on this page, which I consider sufficient revenue enough.
Finally the fact that I have the freedom to develop Free Software in my spare time should indicate that I'm well-off enough, and therefore that you should direct your generosity towards people who need it a lot more than I do. If you really insist, you can always make a donation to the Free Software Foundation, as they are the main reason software like Rufus is possible.
At any rate, I'll take this opportunity to say thank you for your continuing support and enthusiasm about this little program: it is much appreciated!
But please continue to feel free to use Rufus without any guilt about not contributing for it financially – you should never have to!

(1) Speed comparison between Rufus and other applications

The following tests carried out on a Windows 7 x64 Core 2 duo/4 GB RAM platform, with an USB 3.0 controller and a 16 GB USB 3.0 ADATA S102 flash drive.
• Windows 7 x64en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_618240.iso

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool v1.0.3000:08:10
Universal USB Installer v1.8.7.500:07:10
UNetbootin v1.1.1.100:06:20
RMPrepUSB v2.1.63800:04:10
WiNToBootic v1.200:03:35
Rufus v1.1.100:03:25
• Ubuntu 11.10 x86ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso

UNetbootin v1.1.1.100:01:45
RMPrepUSB v2.1.63800:01:35
Universal USB Installer v1.8.7.500:01:20
Rufus v1.1.100:01:15
• Slackware 13.37 x86slackware-13.37-install-dvd.iso

UNetbootin v1.1.1.101:00:00+
Universal USB Installer v1.8.7.500:24:35
RMPrepUSB v2.1.63800:22:45
Rufus v1.1.100:20:15

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