Create a Bootable Linux Flash Drive from Mac OS Terminal

In this article, we’ll show you how to create a Linux bootable USB flash drive from Mac OS terminal. If for some reason you do not have windows or Linux installed on your machine, then you can create a bootable USB flash drive in Mac OS.

First of all, you have to download your favorite Linux distribution. After that insert the flash drive into your system, but first, we need to determine the name of our flash drive, for this we open the terminal and issue the following command.

our flash drive was defined as /dev/disk1

further, we need superuser rights

enter your password, and do not worry that you can not see the characters of the input.
Continue, Now we know the name of our flash drive we will proceed with formatting.

Let’s take a closer look, “eraseDisk” – erases our disk, “MS-DOS FAT-32” – formats the USB flash drive with FAT32 system, “FLASH” – the new disc name and “disk1” – how the flash drive is ready.

If everything went well, then you need to unmount the USB device with a command

Now write the image by issuing the command

and wait for about 15 minutes.

Now you have fully functional, bootable Linux USB drive. Reboot and install your OS.

Authored By Imran Yousaf

I am Imran Yousaf, a computer geek, founder of the site Smashinglab.com. I am a die hard fond of open-source software and Linux operating system. In addition to Linux, I am interested in everything related to information technology and modern science.

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