Create Fedora Live USB In Ubuntu

The system we will be creating a bootable USB of Fedora 24 is Ubuntu 16.04, but the steps below should be valid for other versions too.

Let’s begin:

Step 1: Download Fedora

All you have to do is download the desired version of Fedora from the Fedora website and because we are assuming you are a desktop user, here is the link to download the Fedora Workstation.

Step 2: Run A Checksum (Optional, But Recommended)

It is always helpful to run a checksum in order to determine whether or not the file you have downloaded is healthy. If the checksum fails, it means your downloaded ISO is corrupted and your live USB will not be able to run without errors.

This can be easily done from the terminal but since this tutorial is for beginners, let us use a GUI tool gtkHash. Install this tool by searching for it in the Software Center or enter the command below in terminal:

sudo apt-get install gtkhash

Once installed, run the app. Next, go to this link and get the checksum for Fedora 24 live. The hash for this fresh release is:


Put this value in the tool and click on the Hash button. You will see a green light if the checksum passes.

hash checksum Ubuntu

Step 3: Download Etcher (Tool To Burn ISO to USB)

Etcher is a new cross-platform, open source tool in the market that is used to burn images to SD card and USB. It boasts a sleek and eye candy interface, and it works too well for a software still in beta stage. Download the AppImage of Etcher and run it.

For those new to AppImage, it is a new packaging system that has a similar aim as Ubuntu’s Snap packaging. These packages can be run on any Linux distro without being installed in the system. Download Etcher AppImage from here.

Once downloaded, you will  need to make it executable by right clicking on the downloaded file and going to Properties:

AppImage change permission

Here, check the “Allow executing file as program” option:

Make program executable in Ubuntu

Immediately you do that, we will be good to go.

Step 4: Burn The ISO to USB

Plug in your USB and format it as FAT 32, if required. Run the Etcher app by double clicking on the now executable downloaded AppImage.

You’ll see an interface like the one below, select the image and browse to the location to which you downloaded the Fedora ISO.

Create Fedora live USB in Ubuntu

Etcher will automatically recognise the USB drive and you can change it if you have multiple USBs plugged in. As soon as it has selected the ISO and USB drive, it’ll provide you with the option to flash the ISO to USB drive. Click on Flash to that:

Flash Fedora ISO to USB

When you click on Flash, you will be able to see the status of the ‘burn’ process:

burning Fedora ISO to USB in Ubuntu

Once the flashing is done, some verification will be done too:

Creating bootable Fedora USB in Ubuntu

On completion, you will see a Success screen.

Fedora live USB created in Ubuntu

Wonderful!! You now have your Fedora live USB ready. You can go ahead and test it.

Don’t forget to change the boot order to boot from removable media/USB in your BIOS or UEFI settings. And when you boot from the live USB, select the “Try Fedora live” option because it works better with this option.


We hope this tutorial was helpful to you in creating a live USB of Fedora in Ubuntu. Don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions and/or suggestions.

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Martins Okoi
Computer Science enthusiasts with a passion for learning new things. In my spare time, I listen to music, read like a compiler, and learn like an A.I algorithm.

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