There are a lot of tools and methods which you can use to write ISO images of Linux distributions and other systems into USB sticks. Things like
unetbootin probably would just work with you.
However, if you are looking for another graphical tool which you can always depend on-and by always we really mean always-then you may want to try Fedora Media Writer.
Fedora Media Writer to Burn Images to USB Sticks on Linux
Despite its name, the program can write any ISO image into your USB stick. Not just Fedora images. The awesome thing about the program is that “it always works”. After months of usage, FMW keeps being successful in burning all images into USB sticks. Unlike a lot of other similar software.
Fedora Media Writer is written using Qt library and QML (with C++).
Additionally, since it’s mainly built for Fedora, the software can download Fedora images directly from the Internet and burn it on your USB stick automatically. You just need to specify the version you need:
The program can even write on SD cards, such as those in Raspberry Pi and others. You can burn any ISO image you want on the SD card you have in order to boot it using those devices.
Installation Of Fedora Media Writer
If you are using Fedora, then it’s just one command ahead:
sudo dnf install liveusb-creator
If you are using any other Linux distribution, then you can download Fedora Media Writer as a flatpak package. Flatpak is a new universal software distribution technology. It makes packaging software and distributing them a lot easier on Linux desktop. You can check Flatpak installation page in order to obtain it on your system.
After you have installed Flatpak, what you need to do now is adding instaling KDE Runtime repository from Flatpak. It’s a dependency for Fedora Media Writer in order to make it work. You can add the repository using:
sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
Now, you can go ahead and download the Fedora Media Writer Flatpak image from GitHub (the
.flatpak file). After you’ve downloaded it, install it using
flatpak install (drag and drop the file into the terminal after it):
sudo flatpak install /home/$USER/Downloads/org.fedoraproject.MediaWriter.flatpak
To run the program, click its icon from the applications menu or run:
flatpak run org.fedoraproject.MediaWriter
Fedora Media Writer is available on Windows and MacOS as well. You can install it easily by downloading the .exe or .dmg files from the GitHub releases page.
Burning ISO Images To USB Sticks
Using the program is quite simple. You don’t even need guidance. Just choose the ISO image you want to burn and insert your USB drive into your PC, hit the “Write to disk” button and wait it to finish:
When it’s done, you can now reboot your system and boot from the USB stick you have.
For more information about the software or for any bugs/issues you encounter, check its GitHub page.
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Can I format usb with this tool?
Not really, the USB will be automatically formatted when you choose an image to be burned on the USB. But you can’t just format the USB alone via this tool.
Could you suggest me such tool which can format pendrive very well. Actually when I insert a pendrive which is formatted (fat32/ntfs) on a linux pc to a windows computer, the pendrive doesn’t show there.
GNOME Disks should do the taks. If your distribution comes with GNOME desktop environment, then it should be already installed. If not, search in your package manager for “gnome-disks” package.
It is better to use Ventoy