Rufus: The Reliable USB Formatting Utility
- Formats USB and Virtual HD drives to FAT/FAT32/NTFS/UDF/exFAT/ReFS
- Creates DOS bootable USB drives, using FreeDOS or MS-DOS
- Creates BIOS or UEFI bootable drives, including UEFI bootable NTFS
- Creates bootable drives from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, etc.)
- Creates bootbale drives from bootable disk images, including compressed ones
- Creates Windows To Go drives
- Twice as fast as Microsoft's USB/DVD tool or UNetbootin, on ISO -> USB creation (1)
- Performs bad blocks checks, including detection of "fake" flash drives
- Modern and familiar UI, with more than 30 languages natively supported
- Small footprint. No installation required.
- 100% Free Software (GPL v3)
Use either Visual Studio 2013, WDK 7.1 (Windows Driver Kit) or MinGW and then
Note that, since Rufus is an OSI compliant Open Source project, you are entitled to download and use the freely available Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition to build, run or develop for Rufus. As per the Visual Studio Community Edition license this applies regardless of whether you are an individual or a corporate user. For details, see this.
Rufus provides extensive information about what it is doing, either through its easily accessible log, or through the Windows debug facility.
Please use the GitHub issue tracker for reporting problems or suggesting new features.
(1) Tests carried out with a 16 GB USB 3.0 ADATA pen drive on a Core 2 duo/4 GB RAM platform running Windows 7 x64.
|Name of tool||Version||Time|
|Windows USB/DVD Download Tool||v1.0.30||8 mins 10s|
|UNetbootin||v126.96.36.199||6 mins 20s|
|Rufus||v1.1.0||3 mins 25s|