Create an Xubuntu Live USB from CD

How to create an Xubuntu Live USB Bootable Flash Drive while running from the Live CD. The following segment explains how to easily make a USB Xubuntu by using Ubuntu's Official Startup Disk Creator (USB Creator). Ubuntu's Casper Persistence option is additionally being used here. Enabling you to save and then restore your basic changes on subsequent boots.

Xubuntu is an official fork of Ubuntu that utilizes an XFCE desktop instead of Gnome. It was designed to use less system resources than Ubuntu or Kubuntu.

Distribution Home Page: Project Page

Persistent Feature: Yes


  • Xubuntu Live CD/DVD
  • Computer with a working CD/DVD Drive
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Startup Disk Creator (USB Creator)

Creating an USB Xubuntu Bootable Flash Drive

NOTE: The Startup Disk Creator already exists on older Xubuntu versions. However, it is not packaged with the newer releases. To Install the Startup Disk Creator, Open up a terminal Window.

Ctrl + Alt + T

and then to add the USB Creator, type the following and then press Enter.

sudo apt install usb-creator-gtk

Press Y to proceed with the install.

Important: Back up ALL data from your USB Flash Drive before proceeding!

  1. Download an Xubuntu ISO file and burn it to a CD or DVD.
  2. Restart your computer, booting from your Live CD or DVD.
  3. Insert a USB flash drive.
  4. a.) Latest Xubuntu versions, navigate to All Applications > Startup Disk Creator
    Xubuntu Live USB Startup Disk Creator
    b.) Older releases, navigate to Applications > System > Startup Disk Creator
    Run the Startup Disk Creator
  5. Next, (1) Select your Flash Drive from Disk to use. (2) Then choose to Erase Disk (Make sure you have backed up any important data first).
    Xubuntu Erase USB Disk
  6. Now, (1) Select the Device Partition related to your Flash Drive. (2) For Persistence, select the option Stored in reserved extra space and adjust the slider to desired capacity. (4) Click the Make Startup Disk button.
    Xubuntu Make Startup Disk
  7. A bar appears indicating progress of your Xubuntu Live USB install. Once installation is complete, remove the CD. Restart your computer and then set your boot menu or BIOS to boot from your USB device.

Booting from a Live USB Xubuntu

Live USB Xubuntu
You should now be running from your newly created Xubuntu USB bootable flash drive, which you can also use to Install Xubuntu from USB to a Hard Drive.