UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux distributions without burning a CD. It runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. You can either let UNetbootin download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file if you’ve already downloaded one or your preferred distribution isn’t on the list. It can also create a dual-boot install, or replace the existing OS entirely.
Was it that easy to install UNetbootin in Ubuntu 13.04, but as with Ubuntu 14.04 some changes made by Trusty Tahr, you may be worried about the installation of UNetbootin in Linux Machine. So, in this tutorial titled “How to install and use UNetbootin in Ubuntu 14.04?” i’ll be showing different ways to install UNetbootin in Ubuntu 14.04, this will include installing UNetbootin in Ubuntu 14.04 using Source and installing UNetbootin using PPA and also tour you through the various ways of making Bootable USB using UNetbootin in Linux machine.
Installing UNetbootin using Source in Ubuntu 14.04
– Install dependencies
sudo apt-get install libqt4-dev g++ extlinux
– Download latest tarball file
– Extract the tarball and cd to it
sudo mkdir unetbootinsrc sudo tar -xvf unetbootin-source-latest.tar.gz -C unetbootinsrc/ cd unetbootinsrc/
– Compile package
sudo lupdate-qt4 unetbootin.pro sudo lrelease-qt4 unetbootin.pro sudo qmake-qt4 sudo make
– Launch Unetbootin
Install UNetbootin via PPA
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:n-muench/programs-ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install unetbootin
Using UNetbootin to make bootable USB with supported distrubution
Remember, you’ll need internet for this
- Goto dashbord by pressing super key and then start the application,
- as you will be prompted for password to grant the application administrative rights, enter your password,
- then the main dialog will appear, where you select a distribution,
- install target (USB Drive or Hard Disk),
- then reboot when prompted.
Tip: If UNetbootin does not show USB, this means you’ll have to format USB to Fat32, to do that run this command under terminal –
to see the usb flash drive suppose it may be /deb/sdb1
$ umount /dev/sdb1 $ mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1
Using UNetbootin to make Bootable USB with ISO images
- Start UNetbootin from dash,
- choose Disk Image option,
- browse path to the iso image of other distribution
- Select type and drive to make bootable
- Finally click ok and restart when prompted
UNetbootin doesn’t use distribution-specific rules for making your live USB drive, so most Linux ISO files should load correctly using this option. However, not all distributions support booting from USB, and some others require extra boot options or other modifications before they can boot from USB drives, so these ISO files will not work as-is. Also, ISO files for non-Linux operating systems have a different boot mechanism, so don’t expect them to work either.
For what I have experinced so far I am not able to boot a USB with Windows using UNetbootin from Ubuntu. If you are looking to boot latest Windows 10 Technical Preview, see my article on How to make a bootable Windows 10 Technical Preview USB drive.