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README.md

Rufus: The Reliable USB Formatting Utility

Rufus logo

Features

  • Format USB and Virtual HD drives to FAT/FAT32/NTFS/UDF/exFAT/ReFS
  • Create DOS bootable USB drives, using FreeDOS or MS-DOS
  • Create BIOS or UEFI bootable drives, including UEFI bootable NTFS
  • Create bootable drives from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, etc.)
  • Create bootable drives from bootable disk images, including compressed ones
  • Create Windows To Go drives
  • Twice as fast as Microsoft's USB/DVD tool or UNetbootin, on ISO -> USB creation (1)
  • Perform bad blocks checks, including detection of "fake" flash drives
  • Modern and familiar UI, with more than 35 languages natively supported
  • Small footprint. No installation required.
  • Portable
  • 100% Free Software (GPL v3)

Compilation

Use either Visual Studio 2015, WDK 7.1 (Windows Driver Kit) or MinGW and then invoke the .sln, wdk_build.cmd or configure/make respectively.

Visual Studio

Note that, since Rufus is an OSI compliant Open Source project, you are entitled to download and use the freely available Visual Studio 2015 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.

Additional information

Rufus provides extensive information about what it is doing, either through its easily accessible log, or through the Windows debug facility.

Enhancements/Bugs

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. ISO: en_windows_7_ultimate_with_sp1_x64_dvd_618240.iso

Name of tool Version Time
Windows USB/DVD Download Tool v1.0.30 8 mins 10s
UNetbootin v1.1.1.1 6 mins 20s
Rufus v1.1.0 3 mins 25s
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