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Create boot disks from an external drive

Latest version


Aug 4th, 2022

Older versions
Rufus is a tool for Windows that lets you create boot devices from external storage units, like USB flash drives and SD cards. Its versatility lets you format a new drive, as well as install Linux, Windows, and even FreeDOS disk images, which, in fact, comes built into the application itself.

You can create partition types such as Syslinux, ReactOS, Grub, UEFI: NTFS, or the aforementioned FreeDOS. Thanks to this, it's possible to install Linux distributions or images to use on devices such as a Raspberry Pi. You can even create Windows installations from the ISO image. The only things you need to carry out any of these operations, of course, are the images of the operating systems themselves, which you can download from their respective websites.

One of the strengths of Rufus is that it doesn't require any installation. To use the program, just double-click on its executable and, in a matter of seconds, you can choose the type of unit or image you want to mount. Even better, this application is lightning fast. According to some of the latest tests and comparisons, Rufus is faster than other similar applications. With the Windows 7 startup disk, for example, it's twice as fast as the official tool.

Rufus is a really useful application for creating bootable drives or operating system installers. Its compatibility list is extensive, including more than 40 ISOs that work perfectly with the application, including those for Windows XP, Windows 7, Debian, Fedora, and Raspbian, among many others.
Reviewed by Andrés López Translated by Eloise Davey

Frequent questions

Does Rufus work on Windows 11?

Yes, Rufus works on Windows 11. To create a Windows 11 boot disk with Rufus, just download the ISO from the official Microsoft website, then select it when you create the boot disk.

Is Rufus safe?

Yes, Rufus is 100% safe. It's a program that's had an impeccable track record for more than 10 years. It has also been analyzed by VirusTotal and has never tested positive.

Is Rufus free?

Yes, Rufus is free. Rufus's creator doesn't even accept donations. Instead, users who want to show support are encouraged to donate money directly to the Free Software Foundation.

Is Rufus portable?

Yes, Rufus is portable. The program doesn't require any kind of installation. The first time you run it, it creates a configuration file in the same directory where you run it from.

How can I create a Windows 10 image with Rufus?

To create a Windows 10 image with Rufus, all you have to do is download the ISO from the official Microsoft website, then choose it from the available options when you create your boot disk.

More information

License Free
Op. System Windows
Category Disc/Files
Language English
Author Pete Batard
Downloads 16,077,056
Date Aug 4th, 2022
Content Rating All ages
Why is this app published on Uptodown? (More information)

Older versions

3.19 Jul 4th, 2022
3.18 Mar 11th, 2022
3.17 Oct 25th, 2021
3.16 Oct 13th, 2021
3.15 Aug 5th, 2021
3.14 May 4th, 2021

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tigrearagua icon
tigrearagua in 2021

Hello, I don't want to open with Win 7 Professional Pack 1 nIt stays running and does not start. I close it by the task manager. nAnd not even previous version 3.11 nI had the antivirus disabled and n...

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stevanrgv in 2021

No download option any more?

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0929358370 in 2021


marvin976 icon
marvin976 in 2020

In Windows home single lingue, it shows not supported 6th generation processor i5 Rufus 3.12

airoz icon
airoz in 2020

My pc doesn 't want to launch the app it causes the pc cannot run it

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