Bootable Live USB Creator UNetbootin 700 Released With Qt5 Support

UNetbootin, a tool for creating bootable Linux live USB flash drives, has been updated to version 700. With this version the application eventually uses Qt5 (5.12; previously it used Qt4).

UNetbootin can create bootable Linux USB flash drives using the ISO image you provide or by automatically downloading the Linux distribution from the predefined list in. The tool can also be used to install the ISO-Do disc; this installation mode on the hard disk is the same as if you had booted from a live CD or USB stick.

Supported Linux distributions are Ubuntu and its derivatives such as Xubuntu or Kubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, openSUSE, Arch Linux, Fedora, Gentoo, and many others, as well as FreeBSD and NetBSD. The tool can also be used to create USB flash drives that can be booted with various utilities such as Parted Magic, SystemRescueCD, Backtrack, Smart Boot Manager and others. It runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux and MacOS.

Another feature of UNetbootin is the ability to create bootable USB drives withpersistence. This only works for Ubuntu – to create a live USB permanent disk, under Space used to store files during reboot, enter the amount of permanent space you want to use.

UNetbootin has not been included in the official repositories of some Linux distributions such as Debian and Ubuntu for some time now. Maybe those responsible are thinking about reactivating it with the latest version, which UNetbootin is updating to use Qt5.

With the update to use Qt5, UNetbootin no longer seems to be on the latest Linux distributions. For example, UNetbootin 700 looks like this on my Ubuntu 20.10 desktop, compared to the previous version of UNetbootin (681).

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 supporteddistributions. This version also removes tools for obsolete vessels such as gksu, kdesu, etc..

However, the application still needs root to create a bootable Live USB. If the application is started without root, it informs users about the startup as follows: sudo QT_X11_MITSHM=1 /path/to/unetbootin.

I would also like to mention here that if you want to use UNetbootin to create a bootable USB distribution of Linux, and the USB stick is not displayed in the application, even if you have a USB stick connected, you can use GParted to format the USB stick in FAT32. You may have to plug it in first, then plug it in again and it will appear in the UNetbootin.

More tools to create bootable USB sticks:


Download UNetbootin


Here you will find executable files for Microsoft Windows, Linux and MacOS.

Under Linux, the developer provides binaries as separate executables. Download a 32-bit or 64-bit binary file to your home directory and then install it to /usr/local/bin as atbootin using (this is a one-line command)

sudo installation of unetbootin-linux64-700.bin /usr/local/bin/unetbootin

There is also a space agreement with UNetbootin 700 for Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla and Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa and Linux distributions based on this software such as Pop!_OS 20.04 and 20.10, Linux Mint 20 and others.

For Arch Linux / Manjaro the latest version of UNetbootin can be installed with the AUR.

After installation, run UNetbootin as root to create a bootable live USB with the following command:

Sudo QT_X11_NO_MITSHM=1 unetbootin

If the unetbootin executable file is not in the PATH, replace unetbootin in the above command with the full path to the application’s executable file.

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