Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· codezombie

Creating a Mac Bootable Ubuntu USB Drive

I've recently had to install Ubuntu on several Mac Minis ranging from 2009 to 2012, and while the final process is quite trivial, finding the info to get it right can easily be lost in the sea that is google.

I took this from the Ubuntu wiki (, and posting it here in order to keep a record for myself, as well as to share a known working method for making this happen.

Note: I've only tested this on the Mac Mini model of Macs. I've not tested this on any iMacs or Macbooks.

diskN is whatever drive you're using, not the partition. You can obtain this data from the diskutil list command.

All commands are run from the terminal. Please make sure you select the right disk to install to. This could easily overwrite any disk that you select

$ diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN
$ hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o <path to save img>.img <path to ubuntu iso>
$ sudo dd if=<path to img> of=/dev/rdisk4 bs=1m