Rufus is an utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc. Rufus provides everything you need for creating an USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.) to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed. It’s really useful when you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS or you want to run a low-level utility
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.
• Formats USB flash drives to FAT/FAT32/NTFS/UDF/exFAT
• Creates DOS bootable USB drives, using FreeDOS or MS-DOS with no external files required
• Creates MBR or GPT/UEFI bootable USB drives
• Creates bootable USB drives from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, etc.)
• Twice as fast as Microsoft’s USB/DVD tool or UNetbootin, on ISO->USB (1)
• Can perform bad blocks check, with fake drive detection
• Modern and familiar UI, with 34 languages supported natively (2)
• Small footprint, no installation required
• 100% Free Software (GPL v3)
Supported Languages: Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Български, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, English, Español, Français, Italiano, Lietuvių, Magyar, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Русский, Română, Slovenščina, Suomi, Türkçe, 简体中文, 正體中文, 한국어.
System Requirements: Windows XP or later, 32 or 64 bit.
Notes on DOS support:
If you create a DOS bootable drive and use a non-US keyboard, Rufus will attempt to select a keyboard layout according to the locale of your system. In that case, FreeDOS, which is the default selection, is recommended over MS-DOS, as it supports more keyboard layouts.
Notes on ISO Support:
All versions of Rufus since v1.1.0 allow the creation of a bootable USB from an ISO image (.iso).
Notes on UEFI & GPT support:
Since version 1.3.2, 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.
Changes in Rufus Version 2.11 (2016.09.08):
- Do not download BIOS related files unless BIOS boot is selected
- Improve support for Arch Linux derivatives
- Add a cheat mode to disable drive indexing (Alt-Q) on format
- Fix handling of ‘Super Floppy Disk’ formatted drives
- Fix handling of misleading short write reports, for drives larger than 1 TB
- Fix an issue that enabled FAT32 file system selection on some Windows images
- Fix broken UI font for XP users
- Fix sanitizing of exFAT labels
Homepage – http://rufus.akeo.ie/