How To Create A Ubuntu USB Drive


In this guide I will show you how to create a Ubuntu USB drive

Ubuntu Website

Ubuntu is possibly the most well known Linux distribution and definitely one of the most popular. For me Ubuntu was the first version of Linux that was truly accessible, with an easy to follow installation wizard and a straight forward user interface and decent hardware support.

It is still one of the best distributions and currently sits 5th in the Distrowatch rankings.

You will need

  1. A blank USB drive
  2. An internet connection
  3. Etcher (downloaded as part of this guide)


  1. Download Ubuntu
  2. Download Etcher
  3. Run Etcher
  4. Create bootable USB drive using Etcher

Download Ubuntu

Ubuntu Download

The first thing you need to do is download Ubuntu.

Visit the Ubuntu download page at

There are 2 versions available on the page.

  1. Ubuntu 18.04 is the long term support release and is the recommended version for most users
  2. Ubuntu 18.10 is the latest version


Click on the download link for the version you wish to create a USB drive for.


Etcher is a great tool for creating bootable Linux USB drives and it works on both Linux and Windows.

To download Etcher visit

The download link on the Etcher website will vary depending on your operating system but should automatically default to the correct one.

Click on the download link to download Etcher.

Run Etcher

If you are using Windows you can run Etcher simply by double clicking on the downloaded file. If you are using Linux you will need to open the zip file and extract the Etcher.appimage file and then click on it.

Ubuntu Etcher

Create The Ubuntu USB Drive

  1. Insert a blank USB drive into your computer
  2. click on the “Select Image” button within Etcher
  3. Locate the downloaded Ubuntu ISO file
  4. Click Select drive
  5. Choose the blank USB drive
  6. Click Flash

When you click Flash the ISO image will be copied to the blank USB drive and then the image will be verified.

Booting Into A Live Version Of Ubuntu

Manufacturer Boot Keys

  1. Make sure the Ubuntu USB drive is inserted into the computer.
  2. Reboot your computer and press the relevant boot key to enter the boot menu.(The above image gives the relevant key to use for some of the most popular computer makes. If your computer isn’t listed search Google for the boot key for your particular make and model)
  3. When the boot menu appears choose your USB drive as the drive to boot from
  4. Your computer should now boot into a live version of Ubuntu