Launch of the bootable Live USB Creator UNetbootin 700 with Qt5 support

UNetbootin , The tool for creating bootable real-time Linux USB drives has been updated to version 700. In this version, the application finally uses Qt5 (5.12; Qt4 was used before).

UNetbootin can use the ISO image you provide or by automatically downloading the Linux distribution from a predefined list to create a bootable Linux USB drive. The tool can also be used to mount ISO do disks. This hard disk installation mode is the same as when booting from a real-time CD or real-time USB.

The supported Linux distributions include Ubuntu and its derivatives, such as Xubuntu or Kubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian , openSUSE, Arch Linux, Fedora, Gentoo, etc., as well as FreeBSD and NetBSD. This tool can also be used to create bootable USB drives with various utilities, such as Parted Magic, SystemRescueCD, Backtrack, Smart Boot Manager, etc. It can run on Microsoft Windows, Linux and macOS.

Another function of UNetbootin is the ability to permanently create bootable USB drives. This only applies to Ubuntu-to create a permanent active USB drive, enter the amount of permanent space you want to use under “Space for keeping files after reboot”.

For some time, UNetbootin was missing from the official repositories of certain Linux distributions (such as Debian and Ubuntu). Perhaps after updating UNetbootin to use the latest version of Qt5, the maintainer will consider including it again.

Since it has been updated to use Qt5, UNetbootin no longer looks broken on recent Linux distributions. For example, compared with the previous UNetbootin version (681), this is how UNetbootin 700 looks on my Ubuntu 20.10 desktop:

Unetbootin version 700
UNetbootin version 681

In addition, Unetbootin 700 also adds Ubuntu 20.10, Linux Mint 19.3 and 20 to the list of supported distributions. This version also removes the deprecated sudo assistants, such as gksu, kdesu, etc.

Nevertheless, the application still requires root to create a bootable real-time USB. When running without a root user, the application will notify the user to run it as follows: sudo QT_X11_NO_MITSHM=1 /path/to/unetbootin .

I would also mention here that if you want to use UNetbootin to create a bootable USB drive for a Linux distribution, and the USB drive will not be displayed in the application even if you have inserted the USB drive, you can use GParted to format the USB drive Converted to FAT32. You may need to unplug it and then plug it in again, it will show up in UNetbootin.

Other tools used to create bootable USB drives:

  • Create a bootable USB drive by simply copying the ISO to USB using Ventoy (Linux and Windows)-Persistence is supported
  • Rufus
  • How to make a bootable Windows 10 USB on Linux with the new WoeUSB
  • bootiso: Easily boot an ISO to a USB drive from the command line
  • Use Ubuntu, Linux Mint or Debian to create persistent storage Live USB (UEFI,> 4GB persistent support)

Download UNetbootin

You will find binaries for Microsoft Windows, Linux and macOS.

On Linux, The developer provides the binary file as a standalone executable file.Download the 32-bit or 64-bit binary file to the main folder, then install it to /usr/local/bin Such as unetbootin Use (this is a one-line command):

                        sudo install unetbootin-linux64-700.bin /usr/local/bin/unetbootin

and also PPA with UNetbootin 700 Suitable for Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla and Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa, and Linux distributions based on these, such as Pop! _OS 20.04 and 20.10, Linux Mint 20, etc.

For Arch Linux/Manjaro, the latest UNetbootin can be installed from the following location AUR .

After installation, use the following command to run UNetbootin as the root user to create a bootable real-time USB:

                        sudo QT_X11_NO_MITSHM=1 unetbootin

If the unetbootin executable file is not in your PATH, please replace unetbootin In the above command, the full path of the application executable file is included.


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