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Make a bootable flash drive from an ISO image on Linux Mint

We all know that installing an operating system from a USB drive is much faster than installing from DVD. In this article we will look at several ways to create a bootable USB drive.

Before describing how to create a bootable USB drive read the article How to correctly format the USB stick in Linux Mint. In some cases described below, it is desirable to have already formatted the USB flash drive in FAT32 format.

1. LinuxLive USB Creator (only for Windows users)

If you are a user of the Windows operating system and want to make a bootable USB flash drive with a Linux distribution - this program is for you.
It is very simple, select the USB flash drive, please specify the iso image will be copied, turn on the option to format the USB stick and click on the lightning.
You can download the program on the official developer's website

Make a bootable flash drive from an ISO image on Linux Mint

2. Rufus (only for Windows users)

Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable Flash/Pen/Key drives, memory cards, etc.
Rufus will be especially useful in cases where:
-you need to create a bootable USB disk from a bootable ISO image (Windows, Linux, UEFI, and others)
-need to work on systems that have no OS installed
-you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
-you need to run a low-level utility
-Despite its small size, Rufus knows how to do everything!

Make a bootable flash drive from an ISO image on Linux Mint

3. UNetbootin (for Linux, Windows, Mac users)

A very common program. The principle of operation is the same as the previous program. Select the image, select the flash drive, and click OK. For details, see the screenshots below.

Official website

Installation latest version into Linux Mint 14/15/16/17/17.1:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gezakovacs/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unetbootin extlinux

UNetbootin on Linux Mint

UNetbootin on Linux Mint

UNetbootin on Linux Mint 

4. LiveUSB MultiSystem (for Linux users) -To create a bootable USB flash drive with multiple operating systems (windows or linux) read article Create your LiveUSB MultiBoot very simple in Linux Mint.

5. Either - program to burn the iso image with the distro on a USB flash drive or micro SD card (Windows, MacOS and Linux) read article Either - program to record the iso image on a USB flash drive

6. YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator (for Linux, Windows users)

YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Integrator), is the successor to our MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more. Contrary to MultiBootISOs which used grub to boot ISO files directly from USB, YUMI uses syslinux to boot extracted distributions stored on the USB device, and reverts to using grub toBoot Multiple ISO files from USB, if necessary.

Important Note: YUMI was intended to be used to try to run various "LIVE Linux" Operating Systems from USB. Installing Linux from the YUMI created USB Drive to a Hard Drive is not officially supported. If the installer portion of any Live Linux distro does work, consider it a bonus.


Installation latest version into Linux Mint 14/15/16/17/17.1:

Download DEB package "YUMI for Ubuntu Linux" from website

Install it.

Make a bootable flash drive from an ISO image on Linux Mint

7. USB image writer (for Linux users)

Linux Mint have default utility USB image writer. One time I used this program, but personally I have not always made a bootable USB flash drive.

Locate menu, the program will run. Select the image, select the USB drive and click Write.

USB image writer on for Linux Mint

USB image writer on for Linux Mint

8. MultiBoot USB - another Multiboot USB flash drive

Multiboot USB flash drive designed for loading and installing operating systems Windows/Linux and restoration-resuscitation tools directly from the USB drive.

9. WinUSB - Create Windows Usb stick
is a simple tool that allows you to create your own Windows installation on USB stick from an ISO image or DVD disk in Linux Mint.

10. Using the terminal (in my opinion the best 100% of the way)

As is known, the terminal is installed in any Linux distribution by default, so install additional software is not required.

The terminal command to write the iso image, the distribution is as follows:

sudo dd if=/home/USER/linuxmint.iso of=/dev/sdb

Where instead of /home/USER/linuxmint.iso you need to specify the path to the iso file. sdb in the end, it's a stick on which is written the way

Note about DD utility

To determine your flash drive, run in terminal:


Make a bootable flash drive from an ISO image on Linux Mint using terminal

And if you stick decided differently, change in the command.

To be entered correctly in the command path to the file, open the folder with the file, open next to the terminal and drag the file into the terminal:

Make a bootable flash drive from an ISO image on Linux Mint

Now we are ready to start. I got the command:

sudo dd if=/home/linuxmintpro/Downloads/linuxmint-17.1-mate-64bit-LinuxMint.Pro-edition.iso of=/dev/sdb

The cursor of the terminal is blinking and it seems that nothing happens, but actually being recorded. Wait for the image capture and at the end you should see in the terminal like this:

Make a bootable flash drive from an ISO image on Linux Mint using terminal 

That's all

Good Luck!!!

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Edited by: Shekin - 11-07-2017, 02:25
Reason: added new information

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Luigi 9 September 2015 20:24
How do you fix the no operating system found error after creating the Multi Boot USB with YUMI in Linux? I've already tried to repair it within the YUMI Program.
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Billy Jones
Billy Jones 22 April 2016 04:49
Why do you think the terminal is the best way to go? Seems by far the most complicated if you ask me.
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Shekin 22 April 2016 13:58
it is just opinion
x64 Linux Mint 18.3 cinnamon
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dnsbob 11 June 2016 17:18
In #9, using dd, the first example shows "of=/dev/sdb" but the later examples show "of=/dev/sdb1". I believe that you want the whole usb drive (sdb) and not just the first partition (sdb1). Please correct or clarify the page.
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Shekin 25 July 2016 08:43
I use currently the program Either. While the problems are not observed.
x64 Linux Mint 18.3 cinnamon
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Shekin 11 November 2016 08:48
x64 Linux Mint 18.3 cinnamon
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xpath012 17 July 2017 22:30
Nice article, include most of the popular (and not so popular) tools. Rufus has been my favorite choice because of its speed and small size.
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konstantin falin
konstantin falin 2 August 2017 11:32
Does anyone know how to do it back? I mean from the USB installation disk do an ISO? Flash 16 gb and the partition size is only 2.5 gb. How to make the ISO take 2.5 gb and still be bootable?
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Shekin 28 January 2018 17:43
I have a great working and mint boot fine.. I use multiboot
x64 Linux Mint 18.3 cinnamon
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Jaap van oosten 30 March 2018 16:01
the usb did boot a miracle it works
you need to logon
easy if you know the password.
i don't

Those Linux nerds are funny
everything is always very easy
if you know it of course
Why password protection on a fresh install ????
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Emma Mary
Emma Mary 7 July 2018 07:23
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