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HowTo: Create Slackware Linux Bootable USB Pen Drive

How do I Install Slackware Linux version 13.13 using a bootable USB stick under Unix or Linux operating systems?

Tutorial details
DifficultyEasy (rss)
Root privilegesYes
Estimated completion time5m
You can use standard dd command to convert and copy a file. In this case you need to use usbboot.img file. The steps are as follows:

a) Grab usbboot.img from the official ftp/http mirror.

b) Use dd command to write usbboot.img to a usb pen drive.


To download Slackware Linux version 13.13 using the wget command as follows:
$ cd /tmp
$ wget http://slackware.osuosl.org/slackware-14.1/usb-and-pxe-installers/usbboot.img

Tip: To download 64 bit version, try:
wget http://slackware.osuosl.org/slackware64-14.1/usb-and-pxe-installers/usbboot.img

To create a bootable usb stick, enter:
# cd /tmp
# dd if=usbboot.img of=/dev/sdc bs=512


  1. usbboot.img - It is a 30MB small USB boot image that you can use to boot into the Slackware setup program.
  2. /dev/sdc - USB stick

BIOS Boot Options

Your computer BIOS must support booting from USB HDD.

  • Start your computer.
  • Press [DEL] or [F2] to enter into BIOS setup ( this step is dependent on the type of computer you have, see your computer manual for more info).
  • Make sure boot option is set to USB Hard disk.
  • Plug the USB stick into your computers USB slot
  • Boot the system up.

The Slackware Linux installer will start. Log in as root. Use fdisk or cfdisk command to create partitions:
# cfdisk /dev/sda
# fdisk /dev/sda
To start the install type setup command:
# setup
You can now install packages from a CDROM, hard disk or network locations.

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{ 1 comment… add one }

  • Daniel Sosa September 5, 2011, 3:15 pm

    Thank you Vivek,
    I’ve been looking for a quick guide to creating a bootable slack USB for a while now.
    You have some of the best quick unix/linux guides in the web! great job.

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