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Bootable USB Drive from .iso file in Linux

  • Change to directory with .iso file you want to burn to bootable USB drive.
  • Insert USB drive into Linux machine, it should mount if the drive is formatted as FAT32 (it will not recognize NTFS)
  • Perform the following commands
dd if=ubuntu-18.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdg

If you wish to see the output/progress of the dd command, use status=progress or a pipe to the 'pv' utility, like this:

dd if=ubuntu-18.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso of=/dev/sdg status=progress
dd if=ubuntu-18.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso | pv | dd of=/dev/sdg


  • If USB drive has multiple partitions and you want a clean format, use Linux's gparted application (ex. gparted-0.33.0-1.el7.x86_64) to select the USB drive and do a FAT32 format on it.
bootable_usb_drive_from_.iso_file_in_linux.txt · Last modified: 2019/04/13 18:56 by juckins