Mac Linux USB Loader

Boot Linux from USB on your Mac, easily.

Try the Mac Linux USB Loader 3.3 beta!

Mac Linux USB Loader's Features

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 Common 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.


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 & Open Source

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.


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, MakeUseOf

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, Make Tech Easier

I'm just introducing myself to Linux and coding and I'm really grateful for a thriving community with great programs to help people get started. Thanks for making the Mac Linux USB Loader and opening the door for me (not to mention providing an extended life for my macbook with a dead dvd drive). I hope to be contributing to open projects like this myself some day soon.


Mac Linux USB Loader runs on any Mac running OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later. View all System Requirements

Supports the Common Linux Distributions

Mac Linux USB Loader is powered by Enterprise, a custom boot manager designed to make it easier to boot Linux™ on your PC or Mac. The program automatically installs Enterprise on your USB storage or external hard drive alongside your chosen Linux™ distribution. No other software out there can do what Mac Linux USB Loader does — it has been the undisputed champion since 2012!

Go ahead and download Mac Linux USB Loader, and then help make it even better by donating or translating it into your native language.

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Resources & Documentation

Video is by Edwin Pagan. This video is for demonstration purposes only and no endorsement or connection with its creator exists or is implied.

Contact Me

  • Official support and documentation is available on the wiki.
  • If I have time, I can sometimes handle support over email. You can find my email contact form on my commercial website.

Past Versions

If you do not wish to use the current version of Mac Linux USB Loader, you can download previous releases on GitHub. The last release of Mac Linux USB Loader that was compatible with OS X 10.7 Lion was version 2.0.1, which can be downloaded here. Old versions are now obsolete and will not receive any updates or fixes.