How to create a bootable Ubuntu USB stick on macOS

People used to buy CDs or DVDs to install an operating system on a laptop or PC. But now the time has changed and with the mounting of USB flash drives, a user can quickly create a bootable drive and install an operating system on the laptop or PC.

If you are a Mac user and want to install Ubuntu OS on MacBook or iMac, you should follow this article for detailed guide on how to create bootable USB in macOS.

Create a bootable Ubuntu USB stick on macOS

Step 1: First, download the Ubuntu .iso file on your Mac Here.

step 2: You need an application to make your USB bootable. Here I go with the ballena Etcher Application that you can download on Mac Here.

step 3: Insert the USB stick into the Mac and open it ballena Etcher Application:

step 4: To boot the Ubuntu image, first select the “Flash from file“ option and a window will open.

step 5: Download the Ubuntu iso picture and click “Open” button.

step 6: Now select the “Choose a destination” option for the desired memory.

step 7: Since we are using a USB stick on the Mac, select the desired USB stick and click “Choose” button.

step 8: In the last step select the “Flash!‘ to create an Ubuntu image on the USB stick.

After the flash process is complete, your USB stick will be bootable and you can use this stick on any laptop or PC and install the Ubuntu system there.

note: You must select the USB option from the start menu on your laptop or PC to boot the USB drive. The reason is that laptop or PC use hard disk boot by default.


Creating a bootable USB flash drive on macOS is easy. Users just need to download Ubuntu ISO file and balenaEtcher application. After that, they need to insert the USB into Mac and use the balenaEtcher application to create a bootable USB. Once the boot process is complete, users can use the bootable USB on any laptop and install Ubuntu OS easily.

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