A Beginner’s Guide to Using Rufus

In this post, we are going to talk about Rufus, which is an outstanding addition to bootable USB maker software. It’s making rounds in the online world for its great features and specifications. This cross-platform writing image file application developed by gruemaster and tuxinator2009 is free and open-source software. Rufus is a great alternative to the most famous Win32 Disk Manager.


  • Windows OS
  • 139MB file size for setup on Windows (1.5.51 version)
  • 122MB for portable zip on Windows
  • macOS/ Boot Camp
  • More than 70MB file size on MacOS (1.4.4 version)
  • Linux
  • 131MB for Linux (1.5.57 version)

How to Install Rufus?

  • To install Rufus, you need to download Rufus software from its developer’s website. On the site, you will see download choices. 
  • When you click on download on the site, it will automatically select the version suitable to your computer, and as stated on their site, it’s fast and easy. There are six options for you to choose from, which include Rufus for Windows (x86,x64) (Installer), include Rufus for Windows (x86,x64) (Portable), Rufus for MacOS, Rufus for Linux x64 (64-bit) (AppImage), and Rufus for Linux x64 (32-bit) (AppImage).

Installation Process – Creating Bootable Drive Using Rufus 

  • When directed to the website, it will automatically choose the right option for your operating system software. Allow it to download to your computer, and when it’s complete, you may proceed to install it. After, you can create your bootable drive using an SD card or a USB flash drive (UFD). 
  • Download the ISO or image that you want to use on your computer.
  • Click “Select Image” on the screen.
  • Insert your SD card or UFD into your PC.
  • The Rufus app will detect the drive you inserted.
  • Click on “Flash” to start the installation or creation process.

The time to complete the entire process will depend on the image size, your computer specs, and internet speed. A message prompt will show when the installation is complete.

User Interface

The user interface of Rufus is as attractive and friendly as its developer’s website. It is kind of similar to the interface of Win32 Disk Manager. It’s easy to understand and navigate, as they created a straightforward environment for the users. You don’t need to be a technical expert to understand how to use the software.

How to Use Rufus? – Relevant Features 

Aside from it being a bootable USB maker, Rufus is a perfect tool to burn a file. It can write image files with extensions, such as .img and .iso. It can also write images on zipped folders to removable storage media like UFD and SD cards. Taking everything into account, Rufus provides an array of benefits for all users. 

  • Free to use
  • Free to copy
  • Free to improve
  • Support multi-boot USBs’ creations
  • Safe on your hard drive as it features a clear direction of drives to use
  • Simultaneous writing on multiple drives
  • Validates flashing to avoid writing on corrupted cards
  • Beautiful and user-friendly interface
  • Quick and easy to download 
  • Cross-platform capabilities