Rufus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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In this article, I am going to talk about the pros and cons of Rufus software. For those who still don't know about Rufus, I’ll explain a bit. Rufus is a bootable USB maker software that enables you to create bootable media easily. Nowadays, Ii is very common to use USB as a bootable media instead of installing an operating system using CDs and DVDs. To make bootable media, there are many softwares available on today's market. Unlike Rufus, most of them are paid softwares.

By definition, Rufus is a software that can be used to make bootable USB flash drives. The bootable USB can be used to install the operating system on a device directly. All types of operating systems can be installed using Rufus. If you want to download Rufus, you can do so by visiting Rufus’ homepage. This software is very small. It weighs about 1.1 MB.

On Rufus' official website the developers claimed Rufus to have twice the performance when compared to other similar softwares.  The interface of Rufus is presented by one small window. No installation or pre-setup is needed, even inexperienced users will be able to use this program. Rufus also has the capability to automatically detect file system types and storage media. This application is concise.  For Rufus to do its magic, all it needs is an ISO file of your preferred OS. The best thing about Rufus is that it is open-source. Many developers are helping to make Rufus better. 

Rufus also can be used to update firmware from DOS or BIOS. The main downside to Rufus is that it is only available on Windows. However, even though it's not directly available for Linux, we can still use it with the help of the Wine software on Ubuntu. But even after installing it using Wine on Ubuntu, in our case Wine could not recognize the plugged USB flash drive.

In addition to the Rufus, here are some other softwares that can be used to make bootable USB flash drives.

Rufus Alternatives


This application can be used either as a regular software or portable. As Rufus, Etcher supports all types of image files. The UI of Etcher is much user-friendlier than Rufus. Etcher has a free version and a paid version as well. Apart from commonly used ISO, the Etcher program also supports BIN, BZ2, DMG, DSK, ETCH, GZ, HDDIMG, RAW, RPI-SDIMG, SDCARD, and XZ file formats.

Win32 Disk Imager

This software is downloaded by quite a number of users. Win32 Disk Imager supports various types of operating systems ranging from Linux, Windows, and macOS. You can download it from SourceForge or their official website.