Wiki Table of Contents

HELP: MX Create live USB (antix2usb)

Insert your USB stick. If it auto-mounts, unmount it (in Thunar: right-click ≻ Unmount). Open antix2usb from MX Tools.

Left side

  • Select ISO file. Navigate to where the ISO file you want to use is located and click Open.
  • Install to USB device, making sure the correct device is selected. The program should automatically detect your USB device and show how much space is available.
  • System partition. You can use just part of the disk space by creating a partition. If you do not want to use persistence, then minimum recommended size for a partition is 1024 MB (default).
  • Language. You can set the language here, or follow the standard method of pressing F2 when you are at the boot menu.


On the right side of the screen you are presented with a number of options.

  • Format. This refers to the usb device partition. Generally, ext4 is recommended; if using UEFI boot, however, fat32 should be used.
  • Bootloader. This gets installed into the MBR of the usb device. syslinux is only used with fat32.
  • Persistence. There are four options here (see Section 6.6.1). No persistence: both home and Root unchecked (default).
    • Home persistence: check home; change default size if desired
    • Root persistence: check root; change default size if desired
    • Both home and root persistence: check both home and root.


If you use this tool within a hard drive installation it doesn’t work and you get no error message. To solve this problem you have to load the kernel module loop before using antix2usb by opening a terminal, becoming root, and entering:

modprobe loop

To load it each time you boot MX Linux, enter in a root terminal:

echo loop ≻≻ /etc/modules


BitJam’s detailed notes can be found here.

Development history: BitJam (antiX), Dolphin_Oracle

License: here.

3 thoughts on “HELP: MX Create live USB (antix2usb)”

  1. Hi. I recently installed MX to a bootable USB. It runs fine right after the install. But once I restart, none of the MX-Tools will launch. I followed the installation at default, so nothing was changed. I can tell that the whenever the Welcome screen pops up, everything works. But it’s like Russian Roulette. Sometimes it works fully, but most of the time it doesn’t. Can someone please help. MX feels like a solid and stable OS and I would like have it for everyday use.

  2. Uh so this is great and all if you have MX Linux installed. But I want to install MX Linux so I don’t have “antix2usb from MX Tools.” :really big thonk:

  3. This is an old Wiki entry and needs to be removed, thanks. If already running a Linux version, run the tool that it offers. If on Windows, download Rufus and use it.


Leave a Comment

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!