Create a Multiboot Live USB Drive in Ubuntu with Multisystem

With all the different distros and flavours of Linux out there it can be hard to choose which one you want, thankfully making that choice can be relatively easy if you create a bootable drive with 3 or 4 live distro loaded on it, and have a handy menu to boot into each one. Here’s how to do that very thing in an Ubuntu based Linux:

First off download the Multisystem installation script from here. Once you have it downloaded, extract it to any convenient folder of your choosing and double click on the install-depot-multisystem.sh script and follow the on-screen instructions.

Once you have it installed it will tell you that the program can be found in the “Accessories” menu, but it’s easy enough to find and run it through the unity scope by typing “multi” like so:

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Once it has started select the USB drive from the opening menu and click confirm:

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Next, you will be presented with the following screen:

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At this point it’s a good idea to open up the location where you have saved the iso files (which, I’m assuming you have already downloaded) and have the window to the side, so it is then just a matter of dragging and dropping the iso into the dialogue like so:

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As soon as you drop the file a Terminal window will open asking for your password, enter your password and sit back and finish your coffee while Multisystem does all the hard work.

To add other iso files, it’s just a simple process of dragging and dropping each one into the same dialogue, the most I’ve ever had on one is four and I’m not sure how many it could take.

To boot from the usb drive, simply hit F11 as your computer boots up and and select your usb drive, you will then be presented with the Multisystem boot menu with your iso files listed at the top, from there it’s just a matter of selecting your chosen distro and letting it boot, simples.