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 3.9 (2020.02.29):
- Add exFAT support when creating blank UEFI:NTFS drives [EXPERIMENTAL]
- Fix ext2/ext3 corruption for partitions larger than 4 GB
- Fix early boot files not being usable on compressed NTFS partitions
- Fix writing of compressed streams that don’t end on sector boundary
- Fix percent not being displayed on slow format
- Improve file preallocation and speed up ISO extraction (courtesy of Mattiwatti)
- Improve ex2/ext3 formatting speed
- Improve protective MBR message for GPT partitioned drives
- Improve reporting on Syslinux/GRUB download errors
- Improve reporting of partition types and of Windows’ version
- Report the usage of UDF symbolic links
- Update embedded Syslinux to 6.04-pre1
Changes in Rufus 3.8 (2019.09.16):
- Fix regression where some ISOs (Debian) would produce a Syslinux error when booting in BIOS mode
- Fix potential
0xC0030057errors when trying to create a persistent partitions on a non-FIXED drive
Changes in Rufus 3.7 (2019.09.09):
- Finalize persistent partition support for Debian and Ubuntu:
- Debian with persistence should work out of the box with any recent “Debian Live” ISO.
- Ubuntu with persistence should also work *IF* using a post 2019.08.01 ISO. Note that, because of bug #1489855, trying to use persistence with Ubuntu ISOs that were released before August 2019 will only result in rescue mode during boot – You have been warned!
- Other distros may work with persistence as long as they use a Debian-like or Ubuntu-like
method, and, in the case of Ubuntu-like, if they use casper with the #1489855 bugfix.
- Add cheat mode () to switch between percent/speed/ETA on *some* operations [EXPERIMENTAL]
- Report SuperSpeed+ devices in the log (Come on USB-IF, just add “Ludicrous Speed” already!)
- Fix UI checkboxes (Extended label, Fixes for old BIOSes) being cleared on START
- Fix “Can’t mount GUID volume” regression when creating Windows To Go drives
- Fix “Volume label is invalid” error with empty labels on Windows 7
- Fix stale progress bar during standalone ext2/ext3 formatting
- Disable ISO mode for Pop_OS
- Other cosmetic and internal improvements
Changes in Rufus 3.6 (2019.07.18):
- Add support for persistent partitions [EXPERIMENTAL] (Note: The above won’t work with Ubuntu until Ubuntu bug #1489855 is fixed)
- Add a mode to use VHD when partitioning/formatting (Alt-V) [EXPERIMENTAL]
- Add full extraction support for efi.img (Solus)
- Fix listing of blocking processes
- Fix NTFS not being selectable when using Grub4DOS
- Fix download script not running when the username contains a space
- Fix translated messages potentially being truncated (e.g. Thai)
- Fix progress bar report for screen readers (Accessibility)
- Fix a regression where Windows format prompts would not be suppressed
- Improve(?) Windows To Go support by following Microsoft recommended partition order
- Disable ISO mode when Manjaro ISOHybrids are being used
- Update embedded GRUB to version 2.04
Homepage – https://rufus.ie
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7 or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn’t matter.
Size: 1.13 MB