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How To Create Fedora Live USB In Ubuntu

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Brief: This tutorial shows you how to create a bootable Fedora USB in Ubuntu Linux. Focusing on beginners, this tutorial takes the graphical way of creating Fedora live USB.

Fedora 24 has just been released and I have been itching to try my hands on it. Mostly I use Ubuntu but I keep on trying other Linux distributions every now and then.

If you are like me, perhaps you might also want to take Fedora 24 for a test drive. Live USB is the best way to try out a new Linux distribution. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to create a live USB of Fedora in Ubuntu using a graphical tool.

For information purpose, I am using Ubuntu 16.04 to create a bootable USB of Fedora 24. But normally, these steps should be valid for other versions as well.

Let’s see how to create live USB of Fedora in Ubuntu.

Step 1: Download Fedora

Go to Fedora website and download the desired version. Here, I am assuming that you are a desktop user. So you should download the Fedora Workstation. Go to the link below and download the ISO:

Download Fedora Workstation

Step 2: Run a checksum (optional, yet recommended)

Running a checksum is always helpful to determine if the file you downloaded is healthy or not. If checksum fails, this means your downloaded ISO is corrupted and your live USB will run into trouble.

You can do this easily in terminal but as this tutorial is for beginners, I’ll use a GUI tool gtkHash. You can install this tool by looking for it in the Software Center or use the command below in terminal:

sudo apt-get install gtkhash

Once installed, run this application. Next, you need to go to this link and get the checksum for Fedora 24 live. For this fresh release, hash is:

8e12d7ba1fcf3328b8514d627788ee0146c0eef75a5e27f0674ee1fe4f1feaf6

Use this value in the tool and click on Hash button. If the checksum passes, you’ll see a green light.

hash checksum Ubuntu

Note: this value can be changed in future if you are downloading a new release of Fedora. Please leave a comment to inform me to update the article, if that happens.

Step 3: Download Etcher (tool to burn ISO to USB)

Until now, Unetbootin has been my go-to tool for creating live USB in Ubuntu. But there is a new cross-platform, open source tool in the market to burn images to SD card and USB. It’s called Etcher.

It has a sleek and good looking modern interface and it works pretty fine despite being in beta. You can download the AppImage of Etcher and run it.

Quick word about AppImage. AppImage is a new packaging system that has similar aim as Ubuntu’s Snap packaging. These packages run on any Linux distribution and they don’t need to be installed in the system. They take care of the dependency issue as well. More about it later.

Download Etcher AppImage from the link below:

Download Etcher

Once downloaded, you need to make it executable. Right click on the downloaded file and go to Properties:

AppImage change permission

And in here, check the “Allow executing file as program” option:

Make program executable in Ubuntu

Once you do that, we are good to go.

Step 4: Burn the ISO to USB

Plugin your USB. Format it as FAT 32, if required. Run Etcher by double cliking the downloaded AppImage (which is executable now).

You’ll see an interface like this. Click on Select image and browse to the location where you have downloaded the Fedora ISO.

Create Fedora live USB in Ubuntu

Etcher automatically recognizes the USB drive. You can change it if you have multiple USBs plugged in. Once it has selected the ISO and USB drive, it’ll give you the option to flash the ISO to USB drive. Click on Flash to that:

Flash Fedora ISO to USB

Once you click on the Flash, you can see the status of the ‘burn’ process:

burning Fedora ISO to USB in Ubuntu

Once it has finished the flashing, it does some verification:

Creating bootable Fedora USB in Ubuntu

You’ll see a Success screen when the entire burning process is completed.

Fedora live USB created in Ubuntu

Cool!! Now you have your Fedora live USB ready. You can test it now.

Don’t forget to change your BIOS or UEFI settings to change the boot order to boot from removable media/USB. One more tip, when you boot from the live USB, choose the option of Try Fedora live. It works better with this option.

In the live session, you’ll be provided with the option to either try or install Fedora. The choice is yours here.

Fedora 24 live session

I hope this tutorial helped you to create a live USB of Fedora in Ubuntu. If you have questions and suggestions, drop a comment.

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