Create Multiboot USB in Ubuntu

By | December 11, 2014
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In the previous posts we basically covered how to create a bootable USB disk in Ubuntu using various tools available on the internet. Now That bootable disk can only be used to boot up a particular OS or simply install one. In this post, we are going to install multiple Operating systems over the USB drive, allowing us to create multiple bootable partitions on a single USB drive. The number of Operating systems will of course, depend on the size of your USB disk.

Now lets begin with our guide to create a multiboot USB in Ubuntu.

 Installing MultiSystem

Open the terminal and type the following command:

sudo apt-add-repository ‘deb all main’
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install multisystem

Enter the password when prompted to  and press Enter.

Using  MultiSystem 

Open the dash menu and type MultiSystem.


The following screen appears.

first screen

Now insert the USB disk is inserted into your computer. Select the USB drive from the list displayed, after pressing the refresh button.

press refresh

select USB

When you will select the drive, press the confirm button.

The following screen will appear prompting you for GRUB installation on your disk.

Confirmation box


Press OK and the following interface will appear:


Now select the ISO or image files from your computer and start the process to create multiboot USB in Ubuntu. You can select as many ISO’s as you want, depending upon the size of your USB disk.

select ISO


after select ISO


after one iso


after 2 iso

Once the process is complete, the multiboot USB key is ready for use . Reboot the system and make sure that the first boot device is set as USB in your BIOS. Select the OS you wish to use from the multiboot USB drive.

You can also:

  • Change the GRUB settings
  • Perform VirtualBox installations
  • Format USB key
  • Update GRUB.

Navigate to the Menus or boot tab to view the list of additional items.

menu tab


boot tab

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