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 3.13 (2020.11.20):
- Add a cheat mode (Alt-M) to accept disk images without a Boot Marker
- Add marquee operation progress to the taskbar icon
- Add zeroing/image writing progress to the log
- Switch to using 0x55 and 0xAA instead of 0x00 and 0xFF for low pass badblock check
- Switch to using fake/maufacturer units when computing the default label
- Fix overnumerous write retries on error when writing a disk image
- Work around Windows’ abysmal handling of removable drives that contain an ESP
- Improve mounting/unmounting of volumes
- Other internal fixes and improvements (VDS, error reporting, etc.)
Changes in Rufus 3.12 (2020.10.14):
- Add optional SHA-512 digest algorithm (Alt-H)
- Add a cheat mode (Alt +/-) to increase/decrease application priority
- Enable direct provision of install.wim/install.esd for Windows To Go
- Move the ESP to the beginning of the drive for Windows To Go, on systems that allow it
- Enforce a minimum volume size of 256 MB for ext2/ext3 partitions
- Speed up the scanning of ISOs with lots of Rock Ridge deep directory entries
- Fix detection of GRUB version and update embedded GRUB for Ubuntu 20.10 support
- Fix user interface labels for accessibility
- Work around a Windows bug where the wrong drive letter may be returned
Changes in Rufus 3.11 (2020.06.18):
- Add Rock Ridge deep directory support
- Add an option to write small ISOs to an ESP (GPT only)
- Add a cheat mode (Ctrl-SELECT) to extract content from an additional zip archive on top of the ISO
- Add a cheat mode (Alt-G) to disable Virtual Hard Disk listing
- Add a cheat mode (Alt-P) to toggle a GPT ESP to Basic Data (Windows 10 only)
- Fix improper x86 32-bit NTFS driver being used for UEFI:NTFS
- Improve UEFI:NTFS compatibility with older UEFI firmwares
- Remove Ubuntu’s splash screen for persistent UEFI drives
- Enable ASLR for the Rufus executable
Changes in Rufus 3.10 (2020.04.22):
- Improve support for Ubuntu 20.04
- Improve detection of FIXED drives with no mounted partitions
extfsformatting (courtesy of Marcos Mello)
- Update UEFI:NTFS file system drivers to v1.5
- Fix progress not being updated when using the German localization
- Fix primary GPT being overwritten when adding the protective MBR message
- Fix a regression with lousy security solutions that prevent the creation of an
- Fix an assert during FreeDOS drive creation when the Windows system locale is set to UTF-8
- Fix invalid label errors when using a non-Western locale
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: 1.10 MB