Mastering Linux: A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing Linux from a USB Drive

In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk you through the process of creating a bootable USB drive and installing Linux on your computer. Let’s dive in!

Section 1: Creating a Bootable USB Drive

The first step is to create a bootable USB drive with your desired Linux distribution. Here’s how:

  1. Start by downloading the ISO file for your preferred Linux distribution.
  2. Next, use a tool like Rufus (for Windows) or the ‘dd’ command (for Linux) to write the ISO to the USB drive. Be careful to select the correct USB device, as this process can erase other disks.

By following these steps, you’ll have a bootable USB drive ready for the installation.

Section 2: Booting from the USB Drive

Once you have your bootable USB drive, it’s time to boot your computer from it. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Insert the USB drive into your computer.
  2. Restart your computer and enter the BIOS/UEFI setup by pressing the appropriate key (such as F2, F10, F12, ESC, or DEL).
  3. In the BIOS/UEFI setup, set the USB drive as the first boot device.

Following these steps will ensure that your computer boots from the USB drive and starts the Linux installation process.

Section 3: Installing Linux via the Command Line

Once you’ve successfully booted from the USB drive, you’ll be greeted with the Linux distribution’s installation or live session menu. Depending on the distribution, you may have the option to choose a command-line or text-based installer. Here’s what to do:

  1. If a command-line installer is available, simply follow the prompts and enter the necessary information as prompted.
  2. If the installer offers a more interactive text interface, navigate through the on-screen instructions and provide the required information.

Following these installation prompts will lead you to the completion of the installation process.


Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed Linux from a USB drive. Now that you have a new Linux system up and running, there may be some additional setup steps to take, such as creating a user, setting a password, or configuring network settings. Just follow the on-screen prompts and make the necessary adjustments.

Linux offers a vast array of possibilities, and we hope this guide has helped you take your first steps towards mastering this powerful operating system. Remember to refer to the official documentation of the Linux distribution you’re installing for any specific instructions. Happy Linux-ing!