Creating a Bootable Ubuntu USB Drive, for PC, on a Mac

Tried UNetbootin but didn’t work out! Command Line saved the day yet one more time.


  • Download Ubuntu ISO
  • Convert the Downloaded File Format
    hdiutil convert -format UDRW -o ~/path/to/target.img ~/path/to/ubuntu.iso
  • Determine the Device Node for the USB Drive
    diskutil list
  • Unmount the USB
    diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN
  • Create the Bootable USB Drive
    sudo dd if=/path/to/ubuntu-14.04-desktop-i386.dmg of=/dev/rdiskN bs=1m
  • Prepare to Remove the USB Drive
    diskutil eject /dev/diskN

Regarding the dialogue box, click Ignore to get rid of it.

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