I am using Ubuntu 14.04LTS. I want to make a bootable usb stick using kali iso image file for Kali Linux installation. I tried following ways:

  1. unetbootin-linux-608 - it is just writing 4 text files and then asking for reboot without writing files.

  2. I also tried http://docs.kali.org/downloading/kali-linux-live-usb-install. It created the live usb with 3.2GB data, but when i am rebooting by selecting pen drive as boot device, it is not loading rather Ubuntu is booting up.

  3. Startup Disk Creator - but giving same problem as mentioned here

Can anybody please suggest me proper way/tool to create bootable pen drive.

  • Did you check md5 checksum of the kali iso file ?
    – Bilal
    May 17, 2015 at 15:00
  • I installed Kali 1 month back, that time i verified that and successfully installed also, so does it requires now again and every time i install the same image?, i think image is fine May 17, 2015 at 15:04
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    Yeh, if it's the same image, it's fine, can you try another usb stick ?
    – Bilal
    May 17, 2015 at 15:15
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    @NarendraJaggi: Fair enough. I retracted my vote to close. May 19, 2015 at 11:06
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    I used to use Windows software such as unetbootin but I found I always had mixed results. But using dd approach, such as following Kali's dd instructions that you already linked, consistently works for me, for Kali 1.0.9 and Kali 2.0. Since you said you are able to get into Ubuntu, could plug the usb stick in, and copy the results of these commands, and update the question to include this info: Run uname -a. Run sudo fdisk -l. Finally, run the sudo dd command as instructed on Kali's website, but be sure to copy what command you are using, as well as the stats it gives you when done.
    – clarity123
    Nov 17, 2015 at 19:15

2 Answers 2


I've had similar problems as you with Unetbootin. Give it a try with the dd utility instead.

First make sure that the usb-drive is not mounted.

Get the usb device name with:


And then use the dd command like this to create the bootable usb:

sudo dd bs=4M if=/path/to/your.iso of=/dev/xxx && sync

Replace /dev/xxx with your usb device name. (Do NOT append a partition number, for example like this /dev/sdb1).

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    i mentioned the second approach, with dd atleast data was written but on bootup it didn't worked. May 17, 2015 at 16:01
  • same here.. did anybody successfully boot this?
    – user568021
    Nov 15, 2015 at 16:27
  • I am trying to Triple boot Kali Linux with windows and Ubuntu. Ubuntu and Kali Linux are both already installed on my Dell-Inspiron. I was following the tutorial at this page to make the Bootable Kali USB Drive. I was able to create it on both windows as well as Ubuntu, but when I go to the boot menu and try to boot from the USB, nothing happens and I get the usual page where I have to select which OS to boot into. Can someone point me into the right direction? Jan 25, 2016 at 6:03
  • able to write the data using dd if=kali-linux-light-2016.1-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=4M && sync but still not able to boot from USB Jan 25, 2016 at 6:04

Finally,Installed Kali!! Using Ubuntu's Disk Image Writer!!

  • What is the actual name for apt-get install, or name to call if installed, or how do you access it? I am stuck trying to make a bootable Kali Linux USB now, and cannot.
    – SudoSURoot
    Aug 21, 2015 at 4:31
  • nevermind... unetbootin works great!!!
    – SudoSURoot
    Aug 21, 2015 at 17:35

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