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 a 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)
- you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)
- you need to work on a system that doesn’t have an OS installed
- you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS
- you want to run a low-level utility
Supported Languages: Azərbaycanca, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Български, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, English, Español, Français, Hrvatski, Italiano, Latviešu, Lietuvių, Magyar, Nederlands, Norsk, Polski, Português, Português do Brasil, Русский, Română, Slovensky, Slovenščina, Srpski, Suomi, Svenska, Tiếng Việt, Türkçe, Українська, 简体中文, 正體中文, 日本語, 한국어, ไทย, עברית, العربية, فارسی.
Windows 7 or later, 32 or 64 bit doesn’t matter. Once downloaded, the application is ready to use.
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 inVersion 3.3 (2018.09.17) [BUGFIX RELEASE]
- Fix a regression when processing uncompressed bootable DD images
- Fix Windows To Go drive creation for ARM64 Windows ISOs
NOTE: THIS VERSION IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH WINDOWS XP OR WINDOWS VISTA.
Homepage – http://rufus.akeo.ie/