Creating Multi-Boot USB Drives In Linux


Creating multi-boot USB drives In Linux, you need specific software, so here I will list some, like MultiBootUSB and Vbox.

MultiBootUSB is an advanced cross-platform application for installing/uninstalling Linux operating systems on to a single USB flash drives. You need to write ISO images to your USB flash drive one by one and it doesn’t support writing Windows ISO image to USB flash drives.

Creating Multi-Boot USB Drives In Linux.

Download here.

How to install via a terminal window:

cd downloads

Press Enter,

sudo dpkg -i python3-multibootusb_9.2.0-1_all.deb

Press Enter and next you are missing archives ( 17MB extra ), the software depends on, so:

sudo apt-get install -f

Press Enter, done.

Note: Where it says Select image, this means an *.ISO image. To create a multiboot USB, first insert your USB flash drive. Next, click the Detect Drives button in MultiBootUSB and select a partition on the USB flash drive.


Finally, click the Install distro button to write the ISO image to your USB flash drive.


  • Runs on Linux and Windows.
  • Free and open Source. Released under General Public Licence (GPL).
  • You can add additional ISO images to your USB without destroying previous ISO images in the USB flash drive.
  • You can remove an ISO image from your bootable USB flash drive.
  • Syslinux is used the default boot loader for making your USB Flash Drive bootable, can also chain load to GRUB2 if UEFI firmware is used.
  • Supports both BIOS and UEFI firmware.
  • Supports persistent files for distros that are based on Debian, Ubuntu and Fedora.
  • Test your ISO and USB with QEMU.
  • Has a command line interface.

Developers website


MultiSystem is Linux-only application that allows you to create a multiboot Linux live USB. It only works for Debian and Ubuntu systems.

MultiSystem Features:

  • A multitude of ISO images for you to select and download directly from the application.
  • Supports persistent files
  • Can create a bootable USB containing both Linux and Windows ISO images.
  • Test your live USB in QEMU or VirtualBox
  • You need to write ISO images to your USB flash drive one by one.
  • The Linux distro ISO images written to the USB flash drive can’t be booted in UEFI mode, you need to enable legacy BIOS support in order to boot them.

Size: 484MB

To install MultiSystem on Debian:

sudo apt install software-properties-common

Then add the official software repository to your system.

 sudo apt-add-repository 'deb all main'

Import the public key.

 wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

Update software repository index and install MultiSystem.

 sudo apt update

Press Enter, then change to superuser:


Press Enter,

apt-get install multisystem

Once installed, type exit.

NOTE: There seems to be a problem with this app, since not even root can access it, except for  VBox.

Then open it from your application menu. Then insert your USB flash drive and click the refresh button in MultiSystem for it to detect your drive. (Make sure the USB flash drive is mounted). Once it find your USB flash drive, select the device and click confirm button.

It will ask for your password and if it’s Ok to install Grub2 boot loader to your USB flash drive. Click OK.

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