How to Install Ventoy on Ubuntu

Last updated: June 22, 2022

Ventoy is an open-source tool to create a bootable USB drive. Compared to other tools, ventoy is feature-rich such as multi-boot support, support larger file size, support for various operating systems, can be installed in USB/local disk/SSD, directly boot from ISO file, and more.

Once Ventoy is installed on the USB, no need to reformat for new installations, just copy .iso files is enough. It provides a boot menu to select multiple files.

Ventoy supports a native boot menu for both Legacy and UEFI and supports over 160+ ISO images.

In this tutorial, we are going to show how to download and install Ventoy on Ubuntu from GUI.

Install Ventoy on Ubuntu

This installation will work on Ubuntu and other Linux Distributions.

1. Download Ventoy from official GitHub releases.

2. Extract the tar.gz file that you downloaded:

$ sudo tar -xf ventoy-1.0.43-linux.tar.gz

3. Change directory to the extracted folder:

$ cd ventoy-1.0.43 

4. List files and directories with ls command:

Ventoy files and directories
Ventoy files and directories

For this article, VentoyWeb.sh script is important for us, we are going to open Ventoy web browser UI from this script.

5. Start the VentoyWeb.sh script with the following command:

$ ./VentoyWeb.sh

You will see that Ventoy Server version you downloaded is up and running on address http://127.0.0.1:24680

VentoyWeb.sh script status
VentoyWeb.sh script status

6. Open your favorite browser and visit the address http://127.0.0.1:24680
Will see that Ventoy web UI is currently running:

Ventoy web UI
Ventoy web UI

As you can see there is no USB device that Ventoy can recognize right now.

7. Plug-in USB stick into the computer/laptop, and refresh the page.

Venoy web UI usb
Venoy web UI usb

Ventoy web UI now recognizes that you plugged in a USB device, and we are ready to install it.

Please make sure there is nothing important in the drive! It may be you will lose all data on the drive during Ventoy installation.

8. Click on Install button.

Ventoy will give a warning message that disk will be formatted and all data on disk will be lost.

Ventoy disk confirmation
Ventoy disk confirmation

It will ask you 2 times to confirm the step, just click ok.

Ventoy success message
Ventoy success message

That's it, Ventoy has been successfully installed to the USB device.

9. List USB drive and partitions with fdisk command.

$ sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdb

After successful installation Ventoy will create two disk partitions and will be divided them into two partitions:

  • /dev/sdb1 - This presents the main partition, which needs to hold ISO image files for the OS and it's formatted with the exFAT format.
  • /dev/sdb2 - This partition size of 32MB holds Ventoy bootloader files.
USB disk partition
USB disk partition

After verifying that everything goes well. You are ready to copy ISO images to the USB drive and enjoy using Ventoy's capabilities and features.

Conclusion

In this tutorial, we learned how to download and install Ventoy on Ubuntu from GUI. Ventoy also supports multiboot USB, you can simply copy multiple ISO images to the mount point.

Which is your favorite tool to create a bootable USB? Thanks for reading, please leave your suggestions and feedback in the below comment section.

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