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Disk Image Writing Software

To create CoreELEC bootable installation media, a software tool is required to format, and write the media to (μ)SD Card or USB Flash Drive.

A 512MB bootable partition will be created for the CoreELEC Operating System. The remaining space is at first boot formatted as storage.

Bootable Media Creation Tool Linux Mac Windows
USB-SD Creator X X X
balenaEtcher X X X
UNetbootin X X X
USBImager X X X
DDRescue / DDRescue-GUI X
Disk Utility X
Rufus X
SD Card Formatter X

Rufus versions 3.15 to 3.18 contain code preventing Rufus from assigning a drive letter to the finished CoreELEC drive.

Instead use

rufus-3.14.exe 2021-04-30 13:42 1.1M Rufus 3.14
rufus-3.14p.exe 2021-04-30 13:42 1.1M Rufus 3.14 (Portable Version)

or manually assign a Drive Letter in Windows Drive Manager.


Team CoreELEC provides no support for 3rd party applications.