There are hundreds or even thousands of active Linux distributions, and although many desktop distributions look the same, have the same set of applications and even desktop environments, there are still many that separate them. This is why, for most Linux novice users, skipping the distribution-often switching between Linux distributions is the only wise way to find their satisfaction. Although many distributions now provide images that can be installed in real time, so you can try the distribution without first installing it, it is very troublesome to constantly format the USB drive to make room for the next release.
and Ventoy, You can easily create a multi-boot USB drive almost instantly. Even better, in addition to Linux, the tool also works on Windows. Ventoy is released under the GPLv3 license and has a browser-based graphical GUI, but you can also run it from a terminal if you prefer.
How to install Ventoy
Ventoy is not available in the software repositories of most distributions. But this does not mean that it is difficult to install it. In this tutorial, we will use the Linux version, but there is also an installation candidate for Windows.
1. go Ventoy’s release page And download the latest version for your operating system. Linux users need to download the tar.gz archive.
2. Open the terminal and extract the files from the downloaded tarball. Change to the directory where you downloaded the tarball and run the following command.
$ tar zxvf ventoy-1.0.47-linux.tar.gz
3. Navigate to the extracted ventoy-1.0.47 directory. Change the version number to match your download.
$ cd ventoy-1.0.47/
4. Set the following two files as executable.
$ chmod +x Ventoy2Disk.sh VentoyWeb.sh
There are two ways to use Ventoy. Through a browser window or terminal. We have introduced them in detail for you. If you are a novice, the easiest way is through a browser.
How to use Ventoy via a web browser
1. Insert the USB drive you want to use with Ventoy. If you have multiple USB devices or disks, we recommend that you run the following fdisk command to identify your USB devices. You need to scroll the output to find your drive. In our example, the inserted USB device is identified as /dev/sdb.
$ sudo fdisk -l
6. To run Ventoy through a web browser, run this command.
$ sudo ./VentoyWeb.sh
7. Open a browser window and enter the URL provided by Ventoy. The Ventoy server will automatically recognize the connected USB drive, so please select the USB drive you want to install Ventoy on under the “Device” drop-down menu. You can configure various options from the “Options” button in the upper left corner, such as enabling secure boot, defining the partition type (MBR or GPT), etc.
8. Click the Install button to install Ventoy to the selected USB drive. The process will take a few minutes to complete. After completion, a new drive “Ventoy” will appear in the file manager/Windows Explorer window.
9. Download any ISO images suitable for the Linux distribution and copy them to the Ventoy drive.
10. Restart your machine/power on the second machine connected to the Ventoy drive. You need to press a key to enter the machine’s boot menu. For example, we press F12 on a Lenovo machine.
11. Select your USB device as the boot device and press Enter.
12. Ventoy will start and display a list of ISOs on the drive. Select an ISO and press Enter to start.
How to use Ventoy through the terminal
1. Run the Ventoy2Disk command, passing the drive you wish to use as a parameter. In our example, our drive is installed under /dev/sdb, but your situation will be different.
$ sudo ./Ventoy2Disk.sh -i /dev/sdb
2. Make sure that the USB device is recognized correctly. Ventoy will ask you twice to confirm the device. This is because once Ventoy is installed to the designated USB drive, all data will be lost.
3. Identify the Ventoy partition by running the sudo fdisk -l command. There are two partitions in the USB drive. The first partition is the larger of the two partitions and is used to store ISO files. Depending on your distribution, the partition will be mounted as /media/username/Ventoy.
$ sudo fdisk -l
4. Copy all the downloaded ISO files to the distribution you want to run.
5. Restart your machine/power on the second machine connected to the Ventoy drive. You need to press a key to enter the machine’s boot menu. For example, we press F12 on a Lenovo machine.
6. Select your USB device as the boot device and press Enter.
7. Ventoy will start and display a list of ISOs on the drive. Select an ISO and press Enter to start.