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 3.16 (2021.10.13):
- Fix ISO mode support for Red Hat 8.2+ and derivatives
- Fix BIOS boot support for Arch derivatives
- Fix removal of some boot entries for Ubuntu derivatives
- Fix log not being saved on exit
- Add support for Intel NUC card readers
- Improve Windows version reporting
- Improve Windows 11 support
- Speed up clearing of MBR/GPT
Changes in Rufus 3.15 (2021.08.03):
- Update GRUB to version 2.06
- Add support for .vtsi files (Ventoy Sparse Image)
- Move default app directory to %LocalAppData%\Rufus\ and always save a log there on exit
- Fix AppStore version of Rufus not being able to store downloaded files
- Fix failure to open Syslinux/GRUB files when Rufus is located at the root of a drive
- Prevent the creation of ‘System Volume Information’ on ESPs written in DD mode
- Prevent drive letter assignation to the UEFI:NTFS partition
- Prevent persistent partition creation errors due to size
- Enhance safety checks before running the Fido ISO download script
- Other internal fixes and improvements
Changes in Rufus 3.14 (2021.04.30):
- Improve DD write speed (uncompressed images only)
- Improve checksum computation speed
- Improve network connectivity detection
- Only prompt for additional GRUB/Syslinux downloads when not writing in DD mode
- Fix potential “loss” of disk after writing Ubuntu 20.10 in DD mode
- Fix GRUB compatibility issue with Ubuntu 21.04
- Fix Rufus MBR not being selected by default for Windows ISOs
- Fix drag and drop being enabled during drive creation
- Add more “exceptions” for forced DD image writing
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
Homepage – https://rufus.ie
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7 or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn’t matter.
Size: 1.13 MB