Mac Linux USB Loader

Mac Linux USB Loader is a tool for the Mac that lets you create bootable thumb drives containing your favorite installation of Linux — but unlike other major tools like unetbootin, the drives it creates can be booted on a Mac.

Built upon core Mac technologies and powered by Enterprise, Mac Linux USB Loader is free, open-sourced, and supports most of the major Linux distributions in use today — including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Kali Linux, and more!

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Features

From educators to enthusiasts, Mac Linux USB Loader has helped tens of thousands of ordinary users boot Linux on their Macs like never before. Not only do you no longer need complicated directions to boot Linux on your Mac, you can forget that they ever existed!

Non-Destructive Installation

Unlike with other live USB creation tools, Mac Linux USB Loader does not commandeer your USB drive — after your live USB stick has been created, the drive is still able to be used as storage, and all necessary files are sectioned away in a special folder, so your drive isn't cluttered and messy.

Supports Mainstream Linux™ distributions

From Ubuntu and Linux Mint to Kali and TAILS, Mac Linux USB Loader supports the majority of Linux distributions in use today, and installing them to your USB drive is just a click of a button — literally. There are no complicated options or settings to be configured.

Persistence

Love using live USB sticks, but tired of losing your data every time you reboot? In many cases, this is a great security feature, but sometimes you just want things to stay the way they are. Luckily, Mac Linux USB Loader supports persistence, a feature which allows distributions based on Ubuntu to preserve data across reboots.

Free, as in Speech and in Beer

Mac Linux USB Loader is my gift to the Apple and Linux™ communities, and, keeping with the open-source traditions of the latter, Mac Linux USB Loader is released under a liberal license, permitting you to redistribute, use, and even tinker with it if necessary, subject to the conditions of the license.

Lots of Great Reviews

  • I manually created quite a few drives only to find they didn’t work. I’m very thankful I eventually found Mac Linux USB Loader, because it removes a lot of the guesswork from the process. Hopefully every Mac user wanting to boot Linux from USB will find this software.

    Justin Pot
  • If you have followed our guide to install Ubuntu on Macbook Air, you will know that creating a Linux live CD/USB that can run in Mac is a troublesome chore. You need to find the Mac-compatible version of the ISO file, convert it to img file and lastly dump it into the USB drive. Mac-Linux USB Loader is one simple tool that can get all these things done without all the hassle.

    Damien Oh
Downloads

Below you can view the most recent versions of Mac Linux USB Loader. Click a release to download:

Current & Old Releases

Version 3.1Latest release

Version 3.0.2

Version 2.0.1 — The final release of the legacy 2.x releases of Mac Linux USB Loader. Download this if you need support for OS X 10.7 Lion.

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Download Latest Code on GitHub

This link downloads the current state of the Mac Linux USB Loader source code as it exists right now. It may be buggy, insecure, or not able to run on your platform.