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In this tutorial i will show you how to create bootable USB of Linux Mint ( 16 Petra  ,  but it works for other versions also ) in Windows,  Linux and Mac OSX  . Linux Mint 16 Is released few days ago with many new features and shiny interface . you can see more about Linux Mint new features and download Link in my previous post .

Requirements :

  • At Least 8 GB USB ThumbDrive ( USB pendrive )
  • Linux Mint 16 ISO  (  Download Link )

Creating Linux Mint USB in Windows :

Steps :

  1. Download and install LILI USB CREATOR ( it’s a small utility to simplify Linux USB creation )
  2. open lili USB creator and choose USB target Device
  3. choose ISO image
  4. uncheck ( Enable Launching Linux LIve in windows )Lili USB creator
  5. after that just unplug your USB and reboot your computer and choose USB boot to boot into Linux Mint

Creating Linux Mint USB in Linux ( Ubuntu in this case ) :

  1. Place your ISO on Desktop
  2. open Unity Dash ( just press super or windows key )first_startup_diskcreator
  3. search USB and choose USB disk creator
  4. choose ISO image and target devicestartup_disk_creater
  5. wait until it finish copying
  6. remove your USB drive
  7. Reboot and choose USB as first boot device to boot into Linux Mint

Creating Linux Mint USB in Mac :

  1. Insert Your Flash Drive
  2. open disk utility and format your USB drive ( fat32 , MBR partition )FormatUSB
  3. Place your downloaded ISO on desktop
  4. Open Terminal ( Applications>>Utilities >> Terminal
  5. Convert Your ISO to IMG
    hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o  output.img  sourceLinux.iso

    IN my case

    Convert ISO to IMG

  6. Now Rename output.img.dmg ( it’s added by apple by default ) and remove DMG extension
  7. Now list all available disk to identify your USB drive letter
    diskutil list

    diskutil list

  8. Now Unmount USB Using  diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskX ( remove X with your drive number )
    diskutil unmountDisk /dev/rdisk2
  9. Now
     sudo dd if=linuxmint.img of=/dev/rdisk2 bs=1m

    ( NOTE : Choose source img and target device carefully )


  10. wait until it finish
  11. Reboot your Mac and press alt/option key while the Mac is restarting to choose the USB stick.Final Linux USB booted

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  • hhhhhh

    does this replace my native os on my hardrive or run only on the usb stick

    • Alok Yadav

      it will just create bootable USB , it not gonna replace your main os

  • Paul Kearney

    Should the USB be ntfs or fat32?

    • Alok Yadav


  • Ron Nitzsche

    Thanks, great tutorial!

  • David Pena

    If you get the “Operation not supported” error, try changing the order of operations in the command. I did this and it worked:
    dd bs=1m if=source.img of=/dev/rdisk1

    • Alok Yadav

      I dont think its a good way .. .
      use sudo before command instead

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  • Tarek

    how can i explorer my files in the same usb drive that i install linux mint on it whene i run linux mint… sorry for my english

    • Alok Yadav

      boot using mint USB then open file browser and click on “File System “

  • bcs

    Installing on USB, will it delete my other files in the pen drive?

    • Alok Yadav

      Yes, Be careful

  • richlite

    Doesn’t work for me on Mac – followed all the instructions (which left out how a noob was to get the the Desktop folder!) and rebooted…USB stick did not show on the option key boot! Waste of TIME and EFFORT here!

    • Alok Yadav

      Use unetbootin or something .. nIf you cant change directory then please learn that first. ( no offense )

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  • insiyatif

    I’m trying these terminal steps for windows 8.1 the usb disk is formatted fat32 Master Boot Record.. after these steps, I unplug the usb and replug it, then it is not readable.. and it Disk Utililty, it can’t be mount again.. and when I restart the computer, it doesn’t see the flash disk.. I’m trying these things for my 2 flash disks, they have 16gb capacities.. Whats wrong in here?

    • Alok Yadav

      That method dont work for windows . use boot camp Assistant to create windows boot-able media

      • insiyatif

        thanks for your answer; but I already tried bootcamp several times.. but when I try it, it says “Boot Camp only supports 64-bit Windows installation on this platform. Please use a ISO file for 64-bit Windows installation.” as in the picture.. The windows iso has 32 and 64 bit for installation.. but by this way, maybe bootcamp see firstly 32 bit files, so not load to usb disk.. I think the macbook pro’s (mine is 8.2 (early 2011)) is not support boot from mixed windows 32 and 64 bit files.. because when I used it my friends dell ultra book, it boots from disk, but mine is not..nI also tried windows 7 usb creater.. it also not works, not boot..nnnDo you have any idea to solve this problem? if not, thanks again..

        • Alok Yadav

          Simple then try ..Using virtual Machine nDownload and install VirtualBox then install install windows 7 or 8 as a guest . nThen copy windows ISO inside virtual Machine connect USB to virtual machine nnthen create windows bootable USB simple using Inbuilt diskpart and xcopy as I showed in

          • Johannes

            Try using a 64 bit-iso of your windows system. Bootcamp 5 doesn’t support x86 versions

  • simo

    I am a noob here. it didnt work for me, but i m trying to boot it from a windows 8.1. is that a problem?

    • Alok Yadav

      disable secure boot from BIOS then Try again .

      • Simo

        thanks you it works. would it work with a ExFat usb drive?

  • guest

    This is all well and good except that 1) you won’t be able to boot this USB key from a Mac and 2) converting the .iso -> .dmg is completely unnecessary.nnnWaste of time, nothing to see here.

    • Alok Yadav

      Thank you for your response .. nbut there is slightly misunderstanding .. nn1 . its not DMG actually i converted that into IMG file nnSEE step 5nnhdiutil convert -format UDRW -o output.img sourceLinux.isonn2 . You can use that USB key in Mac ( see )

  • ethacetin

    Total n00b here, but um, this tutorial (for Windows) did not work and was not helpful at all. You say, “after that just unplug your USB and reboot your computer and choose USB boot to boot into Linux Mint”. If the USB is ‘unplugged’, how can the computer even boot off the USB you just made? I get that certain parts of this should be self-explanatory to people who already know what they’re doing, but if someone already knows what they’re doing, why would they even need a tutorial?

    • Alok Yadav

      c’mon its common sense main thing I targeted in this tutorial is how to make USB drive , and unplugging for the situation where someone making USb drive from one computer ( for eg laptop ) and want to boot some other computer ( eg Desktop ) .

  • BrainFarts

    Looks easy as pie. Thankssssss

  • jak

    9 on mac should be: sudo dd if=linuxmint.img.dmg of=/dev/rdisk2 bs=1m

    • Frank

      Hey thanks! Wish that guy would proofread.

      • Alok Yadav

        Fixed .. it was typo nyou can see in screenshot i used sudo nn:)

  • Dave

    Apparently, Lili doesn’t like Network Drives when choosing an ISO Image.

    • Alok Yadav

      try “unetbootin ” instead :)

  • Noob

    I used my 2gb usb flash drive to run linux mint 14 live on my pc. Do I really need a >= 8gb flash drive? :(

    • Alok Yadav

      4 GB is good enough