Rufus is a free and open-source utility software designed to create bootable USB flash drives and Live CDs. It was developed by Pete Batard/Akeo Consulting in 2011 and is now maintained by the community. It is available for Windows and other operating systems. Rufus supports a variety of file systems, including FAT, FAT32, NTFS, UDF, exFAT and ISO9660, as well as bootable media such as ISO images, floppy disks, and hard drives. It offers a wide range of features, such as the ability to format drives, create bootable USB drives, and create bootable ISO images. It also supports a variety of file systems, such as NTFS, exFAT, HFS+, and ReFS, and can create bootable CDs and DVDs from ISO images. In addition, it allows users to create a Persistent Live USB drive, which allows for the saving of files and settings between reboots.
Easy to use. Supports a wide variety of platforms.
Fast, easy to use and in just a few clicks you are ready to start.
It is easy to use. Great GUI, and supports a lot of platforms.
Unetbootin is for linux distros only
All Windows operating systems are not supported.
Cannot select between gpt and mbr partition styles
Unable to create a bootable Windows 10 USB flash drive
It's simple, it's easy, it's elegant and it's cross-platform. It may not be for everyone, but it surely is for most people.
The only problem is that it does not create bootable Windows ISO. Use WoeUSB for that!
Cannot handle Windows 10 bootable USB devices
It's great. It validates my USB drives to work, and it's very fast and easy to use. highly recommended!
Etcher is the only program that actually writes to a USB disk for me.
DO NOT do bootable OS images from ISO
Possibility to make bootable USB flash drives from an ISO image.
It can run on almost all major operating systems, which made me love it!
Open Source, works on all platforms, easy to use and intuitive interface.
It's simple, fast and super reliable.
Simply to use ... Best Bootable-USB so far...
Make bootable OS images from ISO, a good example: Acronis. Rufus cannot make this ISO, only a "DD" image, not recommended by Rufus.
Good design. Supports almost all operating systems
It is simple and effective. While it doesn't have as many of the features that Rufus has, for those not looking to modify advanced settings, it is easy to use.
I do not need internet connection to "download lost files from Linux, which even when they can not be found". Obviously I need the connection for "something else" ...
YUMI now has support (albeit alpha) for UEFI. I still don't need anything while making multi-boot USB devices. I love the fact that I can make a single boot partition without having to reformat my entire EHD.
Very simple and easy to use. Supports persistent Linux.
It is complete with everything you need to put an operating system on your USB flash drive
It is not starting automatically
Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated. The latest version, 2.9.4, released in September 2015, can still be downloaded from the official website.
Just create the Windows bootable USB ISO!
Created a 32 GB USB drive with 5-6 ISOs, amazing!
Bundleware Installer con adware: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/efc98043b5e2d3f36e4cfce1074e66dfc7859345195ad3cbf51605df6c7b1e53/analysis/1424526399/
Bundleware The installer contains bundled adware. Be careful during installation: https://alternativeapp.info/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
Rufus specializes in making USB flash drives bootable. BurnAware only works on optical disks and cannot help make them bootable.
Discontinued The project is no longer being developed since 2013. The latest version, 1.0 Beta 14, released in July 2011, can still be downloaded from the official website.
xboot is still available, I use it all the time. It's still the best product I've found to launch an ISO directly inside Windows without rebooting. Forget the complexity with virtual machines: just drag the iso to xboot and it boots. No reboot, no install.