Is there any software like unetbootin in Ubuntu?

I cant install or run unetbootin-494 even though I already set it to allow executing files as programs.

  • unetbootin needs superuser privilages, so sudo ./unetbootin
    – Mahdi
    Mar 17, 2014 at 12:52
  • Try to install unetbootin from repositories by running sudo apt-get install unetbootin command on terminal. Mar 17, 2014 at 12:53
  • i already try that but it install the updated version. how can i install the exact unetbootin-494? what's the code please thank you
    – user258756
    Mar 17, 2014 at 12:57
  • What about the updated version? It isn't works? Mar 17, 2014 at 13:00
  • yes i think so cause it cant detect my usb(flash drive)
    – user258756
    Mar 17, 2014 at 13:01

7 Answers 7


Startup Disk Creator (Click here to see original version)

  1. Insert a USB stick of appropriate capacity
  2. Open the dash and search for Startup Disk Creator
  3. Select the Startup Disk Creator to launch the app

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  1. Click 'Other' to choose the downloaded ISO file if it isn’t found automatically, select the file and click 'Open'. Select the ISO

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5.Select the USB stick in the bottom box and click 'Make Startup Disk' and then 'Yes' enter image description here

  1. Allow process to complete and test.

If you are successful with this process, then please provide feedback by upvoting. Best of luck!

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    How has this answer not got more upvotes? This is by far the quickest and simplest way to create a bootable USB sticks from an ISO, and you've also given a step-by-step guide. Most people should just use Startup Disk Creator. May 24, 2017 at 19:20
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    You have to rename .iso to .img to make it work. Otherwise this crapware doesn't work. Jan 31, 2019 at 22:13

There are many tools similar to unetbootin. Karel already told you to install unetbootin itself, a few other choices are:

You'll notice that all three links above are on pendrivelinux.com which has various other tools and tutorials on creating Live USBs or CDs.


I find using Ubuntu's (and not only) built-in tool, called gnome-disk-utility, to be the most convenient way to make a bootable USB stick.

Open it and from the list on the left side select the device that you'd like to put the iso on (supposedly a USB stick).

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After that, click on the two gear icons and select "Restore Partition Image...".

Navigate to the target ISO file and select it. Then press "Start Restoring...".

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It will ask you for your password and additional confirmation before it actually starts transferring the file.

Note: If you do not have the tool for some reason, you could use one of the commands below (appropriate for your system). It should be in the standard repositories for all major distributions:

Ubuntu and derivatives:

sudo apt install gnome-disk-utility


sudo yum install gnome-disk-utility


sudo pacman -S gnome-disk-utility

Yes, there is UNetbootin itself. UNetbootin can be installed from the default Ubuntu repositories. UNetbootin from the default Ubuntu repositories will run natively in Ubuntu without any problems. UNetbootin is more versatile than you might think. Many Linux distros that are not on UNetbootin's supported list of distros can be installed successfully on a USB flash drive using UNetbootin. There is one big thing that UNetbootin can't do however. UNetbootin sometimes has trouble booting Ubuntu on certain models of older hardware. In such cases the Ubuntu Mini CD can often be used to install Ubuntu. Since the Ubuntu Mini CD is small (less than 40MB) and text only, it can often boot successfully, even when a full-sized Ubuntu DVD/USB can't boot.

UNetbootin has been dropped from the Ubuntu 18.04 repositories. When I tested the built-in Startup Disk Creator application as a UNetbootin replacement app with 5 non-*buntu live .iso images it worked in Ubuntu 18.04.


  1. UNetbootin PPA – for Ubuntu 18.04+
  2. Ubuntu Mini CD
  • Changing the boot order in BIOS isn't necessary.One may just select boot menu while booting up and select appropriate device to boot. Mar 17, 2014 at 13:03
  • Just to expand, UNetbootin can be used to create bootable USB of some earlier versions of Windows too.
    – VRR
    Apr 4, 2015 at 14:28

The main task of mkusb is to wrap a safety belt around the cloning tool dd.

mkusb works in and with all current versions and flavours of Ubuntu. It works also in and with several other linux distros, and can create boot drives with Windows 7-10. (Creating persistent live drives is limited to Ubuntu, Debian Jessie and distros with the same boot structure.)

The classic mkusb version 11 has many features and is polished and debugged. The next/new mkusb version 12 (alias dus with the graphical user interface guidus) has a simplified user interface, that is very easy to use. It is getting ready to become the default version very soon, after a period of testing and debugging.

See these links for more details,





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There's also OpenSUSE Image Writer, but it's limited. However, in my experience, I've had NO PROBLEMS using it. If you are using WinBlows, you can also try Rufus.


Download (to the same folder) the required UBUNTU installer ISO and associated SHA256SUMS (or higher) file from: http://releases.ubuntu.com/

Verify ISO file signature:

$ cd [path to ISO & SHA256SUMS files] 
$ sha256sum -c SHA256SUMS 2>&1 | grep OK 

Confirm OK.

Insert USB drive.

Find out which block device the target USB drive is identified as:

$ lsblk
sda      8:0    0 111.8G  0 disk 
├─sda1   8:1    0   512M  0 part /boot/efi
└─sda2   8:2    0 103.5G  0 part /
sdb      8:16   1  28.7G  0 disk 
└─sdb1   8:17   1  28.7G  0 part /media/user/USBdrive

Unmount the target USB drive (in this example I use sdb1, it may be different on your machine):

$ sudo umount /dev/sdb1

Copy the ISO from source to the PARENT USB drive block device (WITHOUT the number):

$ sudo cp [path to iso file]/[iso file] /dev/sdb

Note: This copy instruction will automatically extract the files from the ISO to the target USB drive and make it bootable.

Synchronise cached writes to persistent storage:

$ sync


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