Fedora Media Writer – The fastest way to create Live-USB boot media

This post will provide a quick tutorial about Fedora Media Writer, and its usage in both Fedora and Windows. Fedora Media Writer is a very small, lightweight, comprehensive tool that simplifies the linux getting started experience – it downloads and writes your favorite Fedora flavor onto a USB drive, which can be later used to boot up any system.

Editor’s note: This also means you can now create Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) LiveCDs in just a few minutes. Since RHEL was recently made freely available to all developers, you can download the ISO to use with the Fedora Media Writer.

How do you get it ?

For Fedora

sudo dnf install liveusb-creator

(Requires Fedora 24)

For Windows

You can download it here and execute liveusb-creator.exe with admin privileges

How does it work ?

For both Windows and Linux, it works in exactly the same way. When you run Fedora Media Writer, you should see a dialog like this:

1. Run Fedora Media Writer
2. Choose your favorite Fedora flavor (or other operating system)


3. Hit “Create Live USB” and wait for it to download and write

Want to make this better?
You can go ahead can test the basic test cases and post your karma here. Also, you can go ahead and contribute to github with patches.

Editor’s note: The Fedora Project also provides multi-platform command line instructions for creating live-USB media.

  • Kyle Mede

    This is not better than the original Fedora LiveUSB Creator. It is missing the ‘persistent storage’ feature. It tags the remaining space on the stick drive as having a block size of 2048 instead of the correct 512 bytes, thereby causing a conflict in GParted. This problem also comes up when using the ‘restore drive image’ feature of the Gnome Disk utility. Any solutions to this problem? I would like to have a Fedora Live stick where the entire drive is useful by having the remaining space available as passive FAT32 storage visible to any OS.

    • sumantro

      Since this is a rewrite of the old one, there will be loads of new features which will be coming in very shortly also there are bugs since we have it in update testing for now,It will be highly appreciated to file a bug RHBZ and surely we will look into that.

  • Abhisheyk Gaur

    Please add a force option to be able to write to Hard Disks. Many USB Disk now are displayed as Hard Disk under windows due to Removal Media Bit not being set. Hence the app fails to recognize these usb drives.

  • marcin_mail2005@yahoo.pl

    I’ve registered only to write that. I was reporting this issue months ago, but you didn’t do ANYTHING about it.

    Primo: Fedora Media Writer is most sensible, when running under Windows. Why ? Before you decide to install Fedora, *most likely* your primary operating system is Windows, not another Linux, isn’t it ? By default, you should compile Windows-based FMW and make sure it’s working.
    In my case it’s HANGING UP (Fedora Media Writer stopped working… sending report to Microsoft). I’ve checked 3 or 4 diferent releases, always THE SAME – hangs up at the beginnig, before I could see any FMW interface. No point to give my config as it’s typical Windows 10 set (and yes, I have no other issues with ANY OTHER software which is able to run SOMEHOW… EXCEPT YOURS).

    Secundo: FWM hangs up in Fedora version AS WELL. I am able to see its start interface (window), but once chosen any ISO image file it hangs up not only itself, but hangs up my whole Fedora (23) as well.

    Please do something, as with current attitude you might not be able to gain more audience for Fedora. Answer to question “how many people suffer the same issue, but decide not to report” will remain open.