As Ubuntu docs says, we need to launch Startup Disk Creator to create a bootable Ubuntu.

But when I search for it the screen stucks at Searching...

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And no matter how much I wait, it won't find it.

What should I do?

Update: I'm using Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. This is the echo /etc/os-release:

VERSION="20.04.4 LTS (Focal Fossa)"
PRETTY_NAME="Ubuntu 20.04.4 LTS"

2 Answers 2


There is probably a language barrier. I think we have different native languages, but the search method you tried did not work for me, yet the tool is there with a 'translated' name (for me 'Skapa uppstartsdisk'). But the file name usb-creator-gtk can be found, actually it is enough to type "usb" in the search window to find it. See the screenshot (where also 'my own' mkusb tools are shown).

You can also find it by the following command line in a terminal window,

which usb-creator-gtk

and run it with the command


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Edit 1: If for some reason there is no Startup Disk Creator in your system, you can install it with

sudo apt update
sudo apt install usb-creator-gtk

and the current version (0.3.13, now, 2022-06-23, in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS) can be found by

sudo apt-cache policy usb-creator-gtk

Edit 2: If you install a minimal Ubuntu system, there will be no Startup Disk Creator. Thanks to the original poster of this thread, Saeed Neamati, for sharing this observation :-)

  • Using usb did not work for me. Again got stuck at Searching.... Using which usb-creator-gtk returns nothing. And running usb-creator-gtk also does nothing. I also upgraded to Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and even then all of the above is still true for me. Jun 23 at 10:45
  • @SaeedNeamati, It seems my conclusions based on my own observations failed. Anyway, you can install the tool with sudo apt install usb-creator-gtk into current versions. In an up to date installed system of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, the version of usb-creator-gtk is 0.3.13. I will edit my answer.
    – sudodus
    Jun 23 at 12:06
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    Did you install a minimal Ubuntu system? It could explain why there is no Startup Disk Creator. Or did you or someone else remove it? It it part of a standard installation.
    – sudodus
    Jun 23 at 12:20
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    Yes. I installed the minimal version. OMG. Jun 23 at 12:24
  • How can I tell the ubuntu team to include it in their documentation? It took me many hours and I could not solve it. Thus I used another tool. Jun 23 at 12:24

If you have accidentally removed the default Startup Disk Creator or it is not present on your system you can reinstall it from the Ubuntu Software applicationenter image description here

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