To experience the Debian 10 Buster operating system features, you should know how to create a bootable USB stick from the Linux terminal using the
dd command. In this post, we would talk about how to create a bootable Debian 10 Buster USB stick. This bootable USB stick can be used to boot and install Debian on any computer that supports booting from USB.
- Computer running any Linux distribution
- USB stick drive with
1GBor larger storage capacity
- Debian 10 Buster ISO file. You can download at Getting Debian page, we are using the
64-bit PC netinst isofile.
Creating Bootable Debian 10 USB Stick on Linux
Perform the below steps to to create a Bootable Debian 10 USB drive:
First of all plug in the USB flash drive into the USB port.
After that, find out the name of the USB drive using the
It should show something like below:
sda 8:0 0 931.5G 0 disk ├─sda1 8:1 0 465.7G 0 part / ├─sda4 8:4 0 1K 0 part └─sda5 8:5 0 3.9G 0 part [SWAP] sdb 8:16 1 14.8G 0 disk └─sdb1 8:17 1 14.8G 0 part /media/tecnstuff/Sony sr0 11:0 1 1024M 0 rom
In above output the USB drive is
/dev/sdb but it can be different on your system. You can identify it’s size.
Generally, the USB drive will be automatically mounted when inserted in Linux systems. Before going to next step for flashing the USB drive, ensure that the USB is not mounted. If it is then use the below command to unmount it:
sudo umount /dev/sdb1
At last, you need to flash the the Debian ISO image to the USB drive. Execute the below command:
sudo dd bs=4M if=/path/to/debian-10.0.0-amd64-netinst.iso of=/dev/sdb1 status=progress oflag=sync
In above command, Make sure you replace
/dev/sdb1 with your drive and do not append the partition number. You should replace the
/path/to/debian-10.0.0-amd64-netinst.iso with your actual path of
It will show progress bar while it is being flashed. It will take some time depends on the size of ISO file and speed of USB stick. Once it has been completed, It will show the output as following:
83+1 records in 83+1 records out 348127232 bytes (348 MB, 332 MiB) copied, 30.015 s, 11 MB/s
Congrats! You made a bootable Debian 10 on your USB stick.
You learned how to create a bootable Debian USB stick using the
dd utility. Now you can use the USB stick to install Debian on your another systems.
If you have any question or suggestion, please leave a comment below.
thanks for your hints; I think there’s an important typo in your write-up: the device to unmount should be
and, similarly, the target in the d command
Many thanks for the catch! It is fixed in the article now.