How To Create Solus OS Live USB

This tutorial shows you how to create Solus Linux live USB in Windows and Ubuntu Linux.

Solus OS has gained a good user base and fan following in a short span of time. A Linux OS built from scratch instead of the popular choice of deriving from existing Linux distros, Solus OS has shown some solid promises.

I am not going to review Solus OS. Not in this post at least. I am just gearing up to try Solus OS and the first step for that is to create live USB of Solus OS.

In this post, we shall see how to create live USB of Solus OS in Windows. In Linux, you can easily create live USB using dd command line tool.

Create live USB of Solus OS in Windows and in Linux

Create live USB of Solus OS

Follow the steps below:

Step 1: Download Solus OS

One of the first things we need is to download the ISO of Solus OS. Head over to the download page of Solus OS and download the latest ISO image.

There are two options. Either to download it via torrent or by choosing a mirror which is closest to your location. I let you choose how you download it.

Step 2: Verify checksum [Optional but recommended]

Running checksum is a way to identify if the file you downloaded is not corrupted. This ensures the integrity of the file. After all, you want to be sure that the file you downloaded is entirely the same as on the server. I did not care much about checksum until the Linux Mint hack. So, I would recommend that you

So, I would recommend that you also run a checksum. If the file is corrupted, it may result in Solus OS not booting at all. Better to be safe than sorry.

On the download page of Solus OS, scroll down a bit and at the end of the page, you’ll see SHA 256 checksum. I am using Solus 1.1 and the checksum is:

checksum solus 1.1

If you are downloading some other version, checksum will be different. We will be using this number later.

Now, to verify checksum, we’ll use a freeware utility called MD5 & SHA Checksum Utility.

Extract/install it. It requires .Net so it might have to be installed if your system doesn’t have it already. Once everything is ready, run this tool.

Browse to the downloaded ISO and also copy paste the SHA checksum you have on Solus website. Run it and see if it is okay or not.

Run checksum on solus os

If checksum run fails, try downloading the ISO again.

Step 3: Use USBWriter to create live USB of Solus Linux [For Windows]

Once we have verified that the downloaded ISO image is in good health, it’s time to write the files to a USB. To do that, I recommend USBWriter tool. It’s a free to use tool.

  • Plug in your USB and format it to FAT 32.
  • Run USBWriter and browse it to Solus OS ISO.
  • Click on write.
Live USB Solus OS

Wait for a few minutes. And you’ll see a success message. Congratulation!! You just made a live USB of Solus OS.

To test your newly created live USB, boot into Windows firmware settings and change boot order to boot from USB first.

Step 3: Use USBWriter to create live USB of Solus Linux [For Linux]

I am using Ubuntu for this part but the tool I use is available for other Linux distributions as well. So I can comfortably say that you can create live USB of Solus OS in any Linux distribution with this trick.

Install GNOME MultiWriter. In Ubuntu based Linux distributions you can use the command below to install GNOME MultiWriter:

sudo apt install gnome-multi-writer

Plug in the USB and Start MultiWriter. It will alread

Creating live USB of Solus Linux with GNOME MultiWriter

It will warn you about data loss on the USB disk:

Creating live USB of Solus Linux with GNOME MultiWriter

Next, you’ll have to enter your password:

Creating live USB of Solus Linux with GNOME MultiWriter

Afterwards, choose the downloaded USB:

Creating live USB of Solus Linux with GNOME MultiWriter

And then click on Start Copying button and it will start the process:

Creating live USB of Solus Linux with GNOME MultiWriter

It takes some time before the process is complete:

Creating live USB of Solus Linux with GNOME MultiWriter

That’s it. Reboot your computer and go in your boot settings to boot from USB.

I presume that you can handle the things hereafter. If you face any issues or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask :)

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