Ubuntu & Mint Install live USB Installer Mac (OS X)

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This is a simple tutorial to create a Linux installer USB from Apple, Mac, OS X.

This guide is good for any Linux distro and any OS X version 10.6-10.12+


hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o “file directory minus.iso” “file directory”

diskutil list

#Replace X with disk of USB

diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskX

sudo dd if=”file derectory.dmg” of=/dev/rdiskX bs=1m

diskutil eject…


  1. Can you help me please?
    I'm trying to do this in a PowerBook G4 15''

    I did all the steps, when it finishes i get the same Msg Alert the disk you inserted… i ignored it, then i ejected it, now i unplugged and plugged in the USB i still get the same Msg Alert (the disk you inserted was not readable by this computer),
    so when i tried to boot i got a prohibited symbol, instead of the classic mac symbol… i did all the steps again, i got the Alert Msg The disk blabla… i ejected it then i unplugged it and restart, i tried to boot again and i still get the prohibited symbol, do you have any advice please?

    i'm trying to install ubuntu 12.04.5

  2. Thanks for the guide. I have created a bootable usb before, but one of the things you showed in the video was dragging and dropping into the terminal. This is something I didn't know before. Mainly using this to put an Ubuntu partition on an older Windows laptop that I got hold of.

  3. Hi nice tutorial, but i have a lil prob when i use the terminal method on my iMac 6,1 it wont Show up as EFI in the selector and with unetbootin it shows up yay but it will tell me that there is no bootable disk

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