This will show you how to turn a downloaded iso file into a bootable usb drive using mac osx
there are two methods.
the first is the better way:

  • go to
  • download it and follow the instructions

you will now be done.

the following method is the old way to do it (before unetbootin was available for macs)

  • open terminal
  • plug in your usb drive
  • in ternimal type:
  • mount

you will get an output that has the name of your usb drive volume in it, it will be something like /dev/disk2s1

  • in terminal type:
  • diskutil unmount /dev/disk2s1 

    [what you found from the mount command]

  • in terminal type:
  • dd if=/path/to/file.iso of=/dev/disk2s1 bs=1m

    [what you found from the mount command]

it will then copy the content of the iso file to the usb drive.


Rafael Magaña · July 17, 2011 at 8:52 pm

didn’t work for me, any of the two options, any other option?

    jonathan · July 18, 2011 at 12:01 am

    if neither of the options worked then it could be something to do with your iso image