Rufus is a small 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:
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 (with honorable mention to WiNToBootic for managing to keep up). 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).
CALLING ON TRANSLATORS!
The latest version is localized in multiple languages (to find the ones that are included, see the table here), but more volunteers are needed to translate the many languages that are still missing.
PS: unfortunately, Rufus v1.4.0 does not support right-to-left languages, but I definitely want Arabic and Hebrew speaking folks to use Rufus in their own language, so I'll be working on adding right-to-left support in an upcoming version!
Once downloaded, the application is ready to use — no installation or other files are necessary.
With this new version, I must express my gratitude to the translators who made it possible for Rufus to be localized in more than 15 languages (as well the translators who are working hard on adding some more). If you find that you can now use Rufus in your own language, it's really thanks to them!
Download the executable and run it - no installation is necessary.
If elevation is required, you will be prompted for it.
The executable is digitally signed and the signature should state:
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.
All versions of Rufus since v1.1.0 allow the creation of a bootable USB from an ISO image (.iso). In a future version, we may add the ability to read files directly from a CD/DVD drive or from a folder...
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 UEFI/GPT 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.
A Rufus FAQ is available HERE.
There is no usage guide yet, as I prefer concentrating on adding features...
GNU General Public License (GPL) version 3 or later.
You are free to distribute, modify or even sell the software, insofar as you respect the GPLv3 license.
$ git clone git://github.com/pbatard/rufus
Since I'm getting asked about this on regular basis, there is no donation button on this page.
The main reason is that I feel that the donation system doesn't actually help software development and worse, can be guilt-inducing for users who choose not to donate.
Instead, I think that "mécénat"; or developer patronage, from companies who benefit most from a healthy FLOSS ecosystem, is what we should be aiming for. This is because, unless they are backed by a company, developers who want to provide quality Open Source software cannot realistically sustain full time development, no matter how generous their software users are.
Also, unless you are blocking them (hint, hint), you'll notice that there are ads on this page, which I consider sufficient revenue enough.
Finally the fact that I have the freedom to develop Free Software in my spare time should indicate that I'm well-off enough, and therefore that you should direct your generosity towards people who need it a lot more than I do. Or, if you really insist, you can always make a donation to the Free Software Foundation, as they are the main reason software like Rufus is possible.
At any rate, I'll take this opportunity to say thank you for your continuing support and enthusiasm about this little program: it is much appreciated!
But please continue to feel free to use Rufus without any guilt about not contributing for it financially – you should never have to!
The following tests carried out on a Windows 7 x64 Core 2 duo/4 GB RAM platform, with an USB 3.0 controller and a 16 GB USB 3.0 ADATA S102 flash drive.
• Windows 7 x64: en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_618240.iso
|Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool v1.0.30||8 mins 10s|
|Universal USB Installer v22.214.171.124||7 mins 10s|
|UNetbootin v126.96.36.199||6 mins 20s|
|RMPrepUSB v2.1.638||4 mins 10s|
|WiNToBootic v1.2||3 mins 35s|
|Rufus v1.1.1||3 mins 25s|
• Ubuntu 11.10 x86: ubuntu-11.10-desktop-i386.iso
|UNetbootin v188.8.131.52||1 min 45s|
|RMPrepUSB v2.1.638||1 min 35s|
|Universal USB Installer v184.108.40.206||1 min 20s|
|Rufus v1.1.1||1 min 15s|
• Slackware 13.37 x86: slackware-13.37-install-dvd.iso
|UNetbootin v220.127.116.11||>60 mins|
|Universal USB Installer v18.104.22.168||24 mins 35s|
|RMPrepUSB v2.1.638||22 mins 45s|
|Rufus v1.1.1||20 mins 15s|
Arch Linux, Archbang, BartPE/pebuilder, CentOS, Damn Small Linux, Fedora, FreeDOS, Gentoo, gNewSense, Hiren's Boot CD, LiveXP, Knoppix, Kubuntu, Linux Mint, NT Password Registry Editor, OpenSUSE, Parted Magic, Slackware, Tails, Trinity Rescue Kit, Ubuntu, Ultimate Boot CD, Windows XP (SP2 or later), Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, etc.