How To Use Rufus On Linux

Rufus is a popular tool for creating bootable USB drives. However, it’s primarily designed for Windows, and Linux users might find it tricky to use. This blog post will guide you on how to use Rufus on Linux. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Install Wine

Since Rufus is a Windows application, you’ll need to use a program that can run Windows applications on Linux. That program is Wine.

To install Wine, you’ll need to open your terminal and type the following commands:

    sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 
    wget -nc 
    sudo apt-key add winehq.key 
    sudo apt-add-repository 'deb bionic main' 
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

Step 2: Download Rufus

Next, download Rufus from the official website. Make sure you download the portable version, which is a single .exe file.

Step 3: Run Rufus with Wine

After downloading Rufus, navigate to the directory where the .exe file is located. In the terminal, use the following command to run Rufus:

    wine rufus-3.14p.exe

That command will start Rufus. From here, you can use Rufus like you would on Windows.

Step 4: Create a Bootable USB Drive

To create a bootable USB drive, you’ll need an ISO file of the operating system you want to install, and a USB drive with enough space for the ISO file.

In Rufus, select the USB drive you want to use, then click the ‘Select’ button to choose the ISO file. Once you’ve done that, click ‘Start’ to begin creating the bootable USB drive.


Despite being a Windows application, Rufus can still be used on Linux with the help of Wine. With Rufus, you can easily create bootable USB drives for installing operating systems or running live systems.