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Rufus is a little piece of utility that aids you in formatting and creating bootable USB flash drives. If you have an ISO image, you can choose to burn it to a CD or DVD, but it won't be of much help if your target system does not have an optical drive. It is much easier to carry USB keys around, they are also less likely to be damaged and much faster, which can be of huge advantage if you use the disc often.

You do not have to install this software and the setup is quite straightforward. Rufus detects your USB drive automatically, keeping your interaction with the tool to the barest minimum. Getting started is also very simple, just click on the start button and the software will guide you through everything else it needs to know.

Why you should use Rufus

If you want to install an Operating System, it is much easier and convenient to install it from a USB drive, than installing from a disc. A bootable drive also enables you to work from a system with a previously installed OS. Rufus provides its users with a standard and advanced options for formatting USB flash disks and rapidly creating bootable drives. Wrapped in a user-friendly interface, the network and administrative utility look quite similar to the format panel associated with Windows built-in features. Users can select a device, partition scheme and target system type, file system type (FAT32, UDF, NTFS, exFAT), cluster size, and new volume label.

Devices that are connected are detected and selected from a drop-down menu. It is important that you save all your important data because when the USB drive is formatted, it removes everything within the drive in the process. Rufus is also compatible with old BIOS systems. There are basic options for formatting that allows you to check the device for bad blocks and algorithm type selections (1-4 passes). You can as well set the quick format mode, create an extended label and icon files, and create a bootable disk using an ISO image file or other disc image types.

It is faster than the popular boot drive creator, like UNetbootin, and comes with a plethora of advanced features, as well as being very simple to use. This software records every activity to a separate panel, and it can also be saved to a LOG file. It does not drag too much of your system's resources while carrying out formatting tasks.

Features of Rufus

  • A very intuitive user interface;
  • Create a bootable disk for all major Operating Systems, like Windows, UEFI, Linux, and so on;
  • Multilingual support for different European And Asian languages;
  • Works with FAT32, UDF, NTFS or exFAT drives;
  • Fixes errors associated with system boot-up;
  • It formats USB drives before making them bootable, so it is advisable to save all your information on the drive before using Rufus.


Rufus is one of the simplest solutions to formatting and creating bootable USB drives. There are so many useful features available for both advanced and novice PC users. It’s also available in multiple languages.

What's new in 3.8 version?

  • Fix regression where some ISOs (Debian) would produce a Syslinux error when booted in BIOS mode
  • Fix potential 0xC0030057 errors when trying to create a persistent partitions on a non-FIXED drive


More info

  • Last Updated: 2019-10-07
  • Developer: Pete Batard
  • Homepage: rufus.ie
  • Version: 3.8
  • File size: 1.09 MB
  • Downloads: 2,839
  • Operating system: Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Filename: rufus-3.8.exe
  • MD5 Checksum: a0b4e4566aa96b6658b32075492b43b7