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Mac Linux USB Loader

Boot Linux® on your Mac and certain PCs, easily.

For macOS 10.8+ (view system requirements)

What is Mac Linux USB Loader?

Mac Linux USB Loader allows you to create bootable live USB drives for Ubuntu and other Linux® distributions without burning a CD. It is similar to other tools like unetbootin, but unlike those tools, bootable USB drives created with Mac Linux USB Loader can be booted on your Mac, and they also work on certain PCs as well.

The tool is necessary to make Linux® distributions boot that do not have EFI booting support. Many distributions started adding this with the release of Windows 8, but it has not been finalized and is still nonstandard by most distributions. Many common distributions are supported, like Ubuntu and Linux Mint.



Mac Linux USB Loader is the only application that allows you to take an ISO disc image file of a Linux® distribution and make it boot on your Mac using EFI. It is open-source, and supports most of the major Linux® distributions in use today — including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Kali Linux, and more!

Mac Linux USB Loader main screen
Mac Linux USB Loader is easy to use, configure, and setup. It has a wide array of features all accessible from one central menu. Simply double-click on an option to get started. (If this window is hidden, you can show it again by selecting the appropriate option in the View menu.)
Mac Linux USB Loader's USB setup wizard
Unlike nearly all other software to create a bootable Linux® USB, Mac Linux USB Loader features an extremely easy-to-use user interface. Choosing which USB device to install to is a trivial process, and for advanced users, the software even lets you choose what boot manager you wish to install on your USB.
Mac Linux USB Loader's USB setup wizard
Mac Linux USB Loader gives you the same flexibility in setting up your USB drive as other major software, but without the myriad settings and buttons that make it impossible for novices to setup, configure, and use.
Mac Linux USB Loader's distribution downloader
Mac Linux USB Loader features an easy-to-use distribution downloader which lets you easily obtain copies of your favorite Linux® distribution from the Internet. Each distribution has one or more geographic mirrors, allowing you to obtain the ISO from a location close to you.

Supports the Most 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!


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. — Anonymous


Mac Linux USB Loader costs $4.99 to download and is bought through PayPal. The download is secure and is delivered to your email when payment is complete. Mac Linux USB Loader is open-source and compiled binaries cost money in order to offset the effort required to maintain the tool.