What NOT To Do

Some USB Writing utilities alter the labels of the partitions included in the ISO image. This causes the boot to fail. There are workarounds to fix the failure but that is beyond the scope of this article. For best results, it is recommended that you NOT use these types of utilities to create your Live USB. Some of the more widely known utilities that fall into this category are:

  • UNetbootin
  • Linux Live USB Creator
  • Universal USB Installer
  • Live USB Creator

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Create Live USB From Linux

There are many methods of creating Live USB images using Linux. We are going to focus on only the two recommended methods which are dd from the command line and SUSE Image Writer from the GUI.

Command Line

The dd command will almost always result in a working Live USB. Just change the paths to the correct paths for your system.

NOTE: The USB drive is specified as /dev/sdx and not /dev/sdxX. The most common path of a USB drive is /dev/sdb BUT yours might be different depending on your system.

To view a list of all drives currently attached to your system run this command:

sudo fdisk -l

To write the Live Install image to your USB run the following command:

sudo dd bs=4M if=/path/to/endeavouros-x86_64.iso of=/dev/sdX status=progress && sync


All GUI writers can be installed using yay -S packagename as mentioned below:

Suse Image Writer

Available in the AUR as imagewriter

Gnome Multi Writer

Available in the community repo as gnome-multi-writer


Warning! we do not recommend using etcher anymore as there are privacy concerns, etcher is Anonymously reporting errors and usage information. It is not clear if this is done also if you do not validate that you agree with it.

Burn images to SD cards & USB drives, safely and easily. –> Available on mostly every Linux-Distribution, Windows and for Mac:

Create Live USB From Windows

USBWriterEtcher and Rufus are free USB image writers that support .iso files (which EndeavourOS uses) with ease. Just head to the Source Forge link for USBWriter for Windows or the Etcher link below and download the program. Once downloaded, follow the similar instructions for them below: Etcher

  • “Select Image” and, well, select the .iso image of EndeavourOS, then “Select Drive” to use as the target USB drive, and then “Flash!” to write the image.

USBWriter for Windows

  • “browse” to the .iso image of EndeavourOS, select the target USB drive and click the “Write” button and it will properly format the drive and write the image.

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