How to create a Persistent Ubuntu USB stick using mkusb tool


The objective is to create a persistent storage Live Ubuntu USB stick

Operating System and Software Versions

  • Operating System: – Ubuntu 18.04
  • Software: – mkusb version 11.2.2


Privileged access to your Ubuntu System as root or via sudo command is required.




  • # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ – given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user


Getting ready

To create a persistent storage Live Ubuntu USB stick we need the following:

  • Downloaded Ubuntu desktop ISO image
  • USB stick of minimum size 4GB
  • installed mkusb tool

Make sure that you do not store any important data on your USB stick as they will be lost forever in the USB live creation process.

Assuming that you have already inserted your USB stick and downloaded the Ubuntu ISO image all what remains is to install the mkusb tool. To do so enter the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mkusb/ppa
sudo apt install mkusb

Confirm that the mkusb command is available:

$ mkusb -v

Create Live USB persistent stick

At this stage we are all set to start the process. Enter the following command to start the mkusb utility:

$ sudo mkusb /path/to/ubuntu_image.iso p

Follow the wizard or use the below video to guide you trough the rest for the process: