How to install WoeUSB on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

WoeUSB is an open-source tool to create Windows USB bootable installation sticks from an ISO file or DVD on Linux systems.  The program supports Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 and can be used via a graphical user interface or in a terminal. Yes, we can use its command-line utility called woeusb or the graphical version based on WxWidgets, a GUI wrapper for woeusb.

The boot types supported by this Linux bootable USB maker are:

  • Legacy / MBR-style / IBM PC compatible boot mode
  • Native UEFI booting on FAT32 on the stick

Here in this tutorial, will let you know the ways to install WoeUSB on Ubuntu 20.04/19.10/19.04/18.10/18.10/17/16.04, Linux Mint, Debian, and Elementary. There are two to install WoeUSB one is by adding its repository and the second one using SNAP packages.  However, the snap method didn’t work after the installation of this Windows bootable USB maker, it wouldn’t open at all, and somehow it opened but didn’t recognize the attached USB drive. Here is the Slacka project GitHub Page.

——Updated version of this article—–

WoeUSB is now WoeUSB-ng and a way easy to install, just follow these two commands and you are done:

sudo apt install git p7zip-full python3-pip python3-wxgtk4.0

sudo pip3 install WoeUSB-ng

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Install WoeUSB in Ubuntu

Let’s first see the method where we install WoeUSB on Ubuntu by adding an APT repository. Here are the commands:

  • Add WoeUSB repository
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

The above command will ask you to press Enter to add the repo.

  • Run system update command:

Once the above repo gets added to your Ubuntu system, run the update command to make sure the apt-cache got cleared and it could recognize the added repository.

sudo apt update
  • Now, download and run the WoeUSB installation command:
sudo apt install woeusb

If you get the following error:

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
woeusb : Depends: libwxgtk3.0-0v5 (>= 3.0.4+dfsg) but it is not installable
  • Then, first, we have to install the libwxgtk3.0 manually. Here is the command to do that:
wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/universe/w/wxwidgets3.0/libwxgtk3.0-0v5_3.0.4+dfsg-3_amd64.deb
  • Now, install it:

sudo dpkg -i filename

Replace the filename with the package you downloaded above or simply run the below  command:

sudo dpkg -i libwxgtk*_amd64.deb
  • Again, run the update command:
sudo apt update
  • Finally, install WoeUSB, this time you will not get any error at all.
sudo apt install woeusb
  • The output for the above command:

install WoeUSB on Ubuntu 20.04

How to use WoeUSB to create a Windows bootable drive on Ubuntu

Once you have successfully installed the software, its time to run it. Go to Activities and in the applications search for WoeUSB, when its icon appears, click it to run the program.

how to use woeUSB

  • Run WoeUSB
  • Click on the folder icon to open file explorer, select the Windows ISO file that you want to use to create a bootable USB drive.
  • Select filesystem you would like to use FAT or NTFS.
  • The WoeUSB will automatically detect and show the attached attach pen drives.
  • Select the one you want to use.
  • Finally, click on the INSTALL button.

WoeUSB configuration

In case you get an error when you hit the Install button. “Log: WoeUSB v3.3.1 ============================== Error: Target device is currently busy, unmount all mounted partitions in target device then try again Target device is busy, please make sure you unmount all filesystems on target device or shutdown the computer before detaching it.”

  • Go to the File Manager of Ubuntu, on the left side panel you will see your attached pen drive. Right-click on that and click on the Format button.
  • Now, select the For use with Windows (NTFS) file system and format your USB drive.

Format USB on Ubuntu

After that on WoeUSB, click on the Refresh button, select the Drive and again click on the Install button. This time it will perfectly fine.

Install Windows ISO on pen drive using WoeUSB

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