How to create a Persistent Ubuntu USB stick using mkusb tool -

Details Lubos Rendek Ubuntu 12 July 2018


The objective is to create a persistent storage Live Ubuntu USB stick

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: - Ubuntu 18.04
  • Software: - mkusb version 11.2.2


Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.




  • # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ - given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user


Getting ready

To create persistent storage Live Ubuntu USB stick we need the following:
  • Downloaded Ubuntu desktop ISO image
  • USB stick of minimum size 4GB
  • installed mkusb tool
Make sure that you do not store any important data on your USB stick as they will be lost forever in the USB live creation process.

Assuming that you have already interested your USB stick and downloaded the Ubuntu ISO image all what remains is to install the mkusb tool. To do so enter the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mkusb/ppa
sudo apt install mkusb
Confirm that the mkusb command is available:
$ mkusb -v

Create Live USB persistent stick

At this stage we are all set to start the process. Enter the following command to start the mkusb utility:
$ sudo mkusb /path/to/ubuntu_image.iso p
Follow the wizard or use the below video to guide you trough the rest for the process:

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at


I found this tutorial. It is good but describes an old version of mkusb. The current version is 12.5.7 It is very different, and, if you are still writing this kind of tutorials, I think it would be worthwhile to update your tutorial or add a new one.

Best regards
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