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.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

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