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Rufus v3.21

A utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.

It can be especially useful for cases where:

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




Despite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!

Oh, and 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. (1)
A non exhaustive list of Rufus supported ISOs is also provided at the bottom of this page. (2)

System Requirements:
Windows 7 or later, 32 or 64 bit

Download the executable and run it – no installation is necessary.

The executable is digitally signed and the signature should state:

"Akeo Consulting" (v1.3.0 or later)
"Pete Batard - Open Source Developer" (v1.2.0 or earlier)

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).

Creating an ISO image from a physical disc or from a set of files is very easy to do however, through the use of a CD burning application, such as the freely available CDBurnerXP or ImgBurn.
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.

Non exhaustive list of ISOs Rufus is known to work with.
AlmaLinux
Arch Linux
BartPE
CentOS
Clonezilla
Damn Small Linux
Debian
Elementary OS
Fedora
FreeDOS
Garuda Linux
Gentoo
GParted
Hiren's Boot CD
Kali Linux
Knoppix
KolibriOS
Linux Mint
Manjaro Linux
NT Password Registry Editor
OpenSUSE
Raspberry Pi OS
Raspbian
ReactOS
Red Hat
rEFInd
Rocky Linux
Slackware
Super Grub2 Disk
Tails
Trinity Rescue Kit
TrueNAS CORE
Ubuntu
UEFI Shell
Ultimate Boot CD
Windows XP (SP2+)
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8/8.1
Windows 10
Windows Server 2019
Windows 11

Changelog:
Version 3.21 (2022.11.28)

Allow the provision of an arbitrary local account username in the Windows User Experience dialog
Improve Windows version reporting from ISO/.wim
Update UEFI:NTFS' NTFS drivers to v1.4 and exFAT drivers to v1.9
Switch to remote download for nonstandard GRUB (Fedora 37, openSUSE Live, GeckoLinux)
Fix UEFI:NTFS partition not being set in MBR mode for ISOs with a >4GB file (UwUntu)
Fix GRUB support for Arch and derivatives, when a non FAT compliant label is used
Fix incorrect detection of GRUB with nonstandard prefixes
Fix tab order not working on the Windows User Experience dialog






This download is for the Windows Portable version. If you need the Windows Installable version, download here.



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Downloads Views Developer Last Update Version Size Type Rank
7,022 23,198 Pete Batard/Akeo <img src="https://www.oldergeeks.com/downloads/gallery/thumbs/rufus_en_th.png"border="0"> Nov 29, 2022 - 10:31 3.21 1.33MB EXE 5/5, out of 54 Votes.
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