How to install Unetbootin on Linux


Unetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is an app that is used to create bootable drives with an operating system for installation or booting in Live mode. This software is cross-platform, since it works on both Linux and Windows and macOS, it also supports the main GNU/Linux distributions, it uses an FS as FAT, and it can load several operating systems (but it does not support multiboot, that is, several boot images). operating systems on the same USB) from an image in ISO format.

To install it on your favorite GNU/Linux distro, you have several options:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gezakovacs/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unetbootin

  • Download Unetbootin source code and compile yourself (method for all distributions):
    1. Satisfy libqt4-dev and g++ dependencies
    2. Extract the tarball
    3. cd to enter the directory that has been generated after extracting
    4. Run the commands "lupdate-qt4", "lrlease-qt4" without quotes.
    5. Then run the command "qmake-qt4" without quotes.
    6. The next thing is to use "make", if it throws an error you can use sudo in front of it.
    7. Now the unetbootin executable should have been created to launch it from the terminal.

If all went well, you will see the Unetbootin graphical interface to select the ISO image of the operating system you want to transfer to the USB, the USB drive you want to use (it must be empty, if it has something make a backup, since it will be formatted during the process and everything will be erased), and other parameters that Unetbootin supports. Finally, you can start the process, wait a few moments for it to finish, and you will have your bootable drive ready. Of course, remember to see the space requirements of the operating system that you are going to pass, and also do not forget to enter the BIOS / UEFI to modify the boot parameters so that it can boot from the USB …

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