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New: Rufus Portable 1.3.1 (format and create bootable USB drives) Released

Submitted by John T. Haller on January 11, 2013 - 1:25am

logoRufus Portable 1.3.1 has been released. Rufus Portable is a USB formatting utility which also can create a bootable USB drive using a bootable ISO image. This app requires admin rights. It's packaged in PortableApps.com Format so it can easily integrate with the PortableApps.com Platform. And it's open source and completely free.

Update automatically or install from the portable app store in the PortableApps.com Platform.


ScreenshotRufus is a small utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc. It can be be especially useful for cases where: you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, etc.); you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installed; you need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOS; you want to run a low-level utility. Rufus is significantly faster than similar utilities and it's open source and free.

Learn more about Rufus...

PortableApps.com Installer / PortableApps.com Format

Rufus Portable is packaged in a PortableApps.com Installer so it will automatically detect an existing PortableApps.com installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in PortableApps.com Format, so it automatically works with the PortableApps.com Platform including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Rufus Portable is available for immediate download from the Rufus Portable homepage. Get it today!

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How is this different/better than good ol' uunetbootin?


For starters, it's up to 3x faster. Check the bottom of the app's homepage.

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On my Ubuntu box I always use Unetbootin so its nice to have an equivalent on my new Companion.
Thanks John!

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Why does Rufus need to call

Why does Rufus need to call home?

Looks like it tries to update some files

I took a quick look at the source for Rufus and in rufus.h there's this code that looks like it tries to autoupdate some Syslinux support files. Dunno if that's why you think it's "calling home" or not.

#define RUFUS_URL "http://rufus.akeo.ie"
/* Special handling for old .c32 files we need to replace */
#define NB_OLD_C32 2
#define OLD_C32_NAMES {"menu.c32", "vesamenu.c32"}
#define OLD_C32_THRESHOLD {53500, 145000}
#define NEW_C32_URL {RUFUS_URL "/downloads/menu.c32", RUFUS_URL "/downloads/vesamenu.c32"}

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