How to create a Linux live USB (With Pictures)?

In this tutorial we will create a linux live usb in few easy steps. This tutorial will cover making live usb for in both Windows and Linux.

I assume that you have already downloaded ISO file of your preferred operating system for the following steps. If not, then consider downloading Ubuntu or Linux mint as they are beginner friendly.

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You can create a live USB if you want to install an operating system or just want to try it out, in our case it’s Linux.

Most of the operating systems are installed by creating a live/bootable usb drive which contains the operating system’s installation files, including Windows and many Linux distributions.

For this you will need an usb drive with at least 4 G.B space, 8 G.B. is recommended.

If the operating system allows then you can try it without installing the OS first. This is by far the best feature of Linux distributions.

Make Linux live USB using Etcher in Windows and Mac

Balena Etcher is a multi-platform software to flash OS image files in USB drives easily.

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It is easy to use and freely available on Linux, Mac and Windows. You can download it from here. Download and install the one that is compatible with your current operating system.

Before you proceed making a live USB i warn you that whatever your data on the USB drive will be wiped out during the process.

live usb creator

Step-1: Open Etcher and select Flash from file option and choose the ISO file of the operating system that you downloaded earlier. .

select iso file for live usb

Step-2: Click on Select target button to choose a drive for flashing our ISO image

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select usb to flash image file on

Step-3: Choose the USB drive that you want to flash the image on.

NOTE: I am using a 8 G.B. USB drive and Ubuntu 20.04 is just it’s just shown as its name(in the picture above)

click flash to start flashing the iso image

Step-4: Now click on Flash to flash the image on the USB drive. This will ask you for administrative access to give it the required permissions by clicking Allow.

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create a linux live usb

Step-5: Etcher will now start creating your live USb, this usually takes 5-8 minutes to complete but can depend on your system specifications.

live usb creation complete

Once it’s done creating the live USB, it will notify you. Now you can boot from the USB.

To boot from your newly created live USB, Restart your computer; keep from F10 or F9 on your keyboard, then select your USB to boot from it.

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Create a Live USB on Linux

Creating a live USB on linux is easy as linux comes with “Live USB creator” tool pre-installed.

This works perfectly with nemo file browser. To install nemo, use

sudo apt install nemo

You can also search for USB image creater in the menu and follow the steps below.

mount usb stick

Step-1: Make sure the USB is mounted on your system by clicking on it.

click make bootable disk

Step-2: Right click on the ISO file that you downloaded and click Make bootable USB stick.

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choose image file

Step-3: The USB Image writer tool has popped up. The disk image is pre-selected, but if you opened it manually via menu, then you need to select the ISO image manually.

choose USb device

Step-4: Now choose the USb that you want to flash this image onto by clicking on “to” and choosing your USB.

give permission, live usb creator

Step-5: Give it required permission by entering your password and click Authenticate.

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live usb creation started

Step-6: It will now start flashing the image on your USB drive. Wait for it to complete. It will take less than 2 minutes for this process to complete.

live usb created

Step-7: Once the image has been written you will receive a message notifying you of process completion. You can now boot from this USB.

To boot from the live USB, check this nice tutorial.

Do note that in both of the methods that I explained above I was using Linux mint. However, the software that I used above (Etcher) works on all platforms, including Mac and Windows.

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Etcher provides same functionality and Ui on Windows and Mac as well as Linux.

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