Rufus is a small utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc. It 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.
Use Rufus especially for cases to:
- Create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, etc.).
- Work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed.
- Run a low-level utility.
- Flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS.
Rufus Portable is a USB formatting utility which 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 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.
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 4.3:
- Add support for Rock Ridge symlink preservation when NTFS is used
- Add an exception to enforce NTFS for Linux Mint’s LMDE
- Add an expert feature to restrict a Windows installation to S Mode
- Fix persistence support for Debian 12 when booted in BIOS mode
- Fix a regression that prevented the opening of .vhd images
- Update UEFI:NTFS to report a more explicit error on bootmgr security issues
- Improve the search for conflicting processes by running it in a background thread
- Improve support for Slax Linux
Changes in Rufus 4.2 (2023.07.26):
- Add detection and warning for UEFI revoked bootloaders (including ones revoked through SkuSiPolicy.p7b)
- Add ZIP64 support, to extract .zip images that are larger than 4 GB
- Add saving and restoring current drive to/from compressed VHDX image
- Add saving and restoring current drive to/from compressed FFU (Full Flash Update) image [EXPERIMENTAL]
- Fix a crash when trying to open Windows ISOs, with the x86 32-bit version
- Increase ISO → ESP limit, for Debian 12 netinst images
- Make sure the main partition size is aligned to the cluster size
Changes in Rufus 4.1 (2023.05.31):
- Add timeouts on enumeration queries that may stall on some systems
- Restore MS-DOS drive creation through the download of binaries from Microsoft
- Update the log button icon
- Fix UEFI:NTFS incompatibility with Windows Dev Kit 2023 platform
- Fix more GRUB
out of range pointererrors with Ubuntu/Fedora when booting in BIOS mode
Changes in Rufus 4.0 (2023.04.26):
- Fix persistent partition not working with Ubuntu 23.04
- Fix out of range pointer error with Ubuntu 23.04 when booting in BIOS mode
- Fix boot freeze with Ubuntu Studio when Secure Boot is enabled
- Fix incorrect architecture detection when checking for updates
- Fix a Windows Store application crash when processing GRUB bootloaders
- Fix a Windows Store application crash when enumerating processes that contain a % sign
- Fix a Windows Store application crash when using German localization
- Note that the major version was bumped on account of:
- New versions of Rufus requiring Windows 8 or later
- New versions of Rufus defaulting to a 64-bit executable
- Old versions of Rufus potentially not being able to update properly
Homepage – https://rufus.ie
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 8 or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn’t matter.
Size: 1.37 MB