Is there an alternative to Startup Disk Creator for creating a bootable usb in Ubuntu 16.04 ?

  • You can use UNetbootin or the dd command. Nov 16, 2016 at 16:22
  • Yes, , UNetbootin worked fine on Windows. Thanks
    – Dodi lila
    Nov 16, 2016 at 17:33

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Best is the dd command as other alternatives including Startup Disk Creator often gives errors with newer versions of linux. The command is sudo dd bs=4M if=/path/to/.iso of=/dev/sdx && sync

Remember to unmount the USB and check the device name with lsblk command and change the sdx with appropriate device name in the command.


UNetbootin is a great alternative of Startup Disk Creator. UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can create live USB systems and can load a variety of system utilities or install various Linux distributions and other operating systems without a CD. You can install UNetbootin in Ubuntu 16.04 by running the commands given below from terminal :-

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gezakovacs/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unetbootin

References : UNetbootin - Wikipedia

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