Ventoy The Ultimate Multi Boot Manager
- Adam Douglas
Creating a multi boot USB flash drive hasn’t always been the easiest, let alone quick to achieve and maintain in the past. Usually one had to use multiple devices and boot managers to achieve everything you wanted or needed to do with regard to operating system installation, operating system recovery, data recovery, password resets, hardware diagnostics, virus/malware removal and many more.
Let me introduce you to Ventoy an open source cross-platform multi boot manager that allows for creating a bootable device of your choice with simplicity and easy. No need to have to re-create your flash drive over again and again each time a new version of your operating system or software tools are released. With boot support for x86 legacy BIOS, IA32 UEFI, x86_64 UEFI, ARM64 UEFI and over 620+ tested ISOs you are sure to produce a working flash drive for your needs. So far the only limitation I’ve found is the amount of free space you have available on your USB flash drive. Just to clarify Ventoy works on pretty much any device to boot from, it’s not limited to a USB, or even CD.
Here list of just a few of the features that Ventoy has.
- Directly boot from ISO/WIM/IMG/VHD(x)/EFI files, no extraction needed
- MBR and GPT partition style supported (1.0.15+)
- UEFI Secure Boot supported (1.0.07+)
- Persistence supported (1.0.11+)
- Windows auto installation supported (1.0.09+)
- RHEL7/8/CentOS/7/8/SUSE/Ubuntu Server/Debian … auto installation supported (1.0.09+)
- FAT32/exFAT/NTFS/UDF/XFS/Ext2(3)(4) supported for main partition
- ISO files larger than 4GB supported
- Native boot menu style for Legacy & UEFI
- Most type of OS supported, 610+ iso files tested
- Linux vDisk boot supported
- Plugin Framework
- Highly customizable theme and menu
- USB drive write-protected support
- Data nondestructive during version upgrade
- No need to update Ventoy when a new distro is released
Installation of Ventoy is quite straight forward, you either run the Windows application or in Linux/Unix run a simple command in the terminal. After that all you have to do is create and edit the configuration file “ventoy.json” as desired, add associated theme files and your set.
There are alternatives out there especially on the Windows side such as Rufus or YUMI, however I require one for Linux and none I’ve tried before Ventoy has been as easy, simple and quick from creation to updates.
Stay tuned as I plan in the future to show you how to install Ventoy with Arch Linux and Windows 10 onto USB flash drive under Linux.
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