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HELP: MX Live-Usb Maker

MX Live-USB Maker

Live USB Maker

This app creates a live-usb from an iso-file, another live-usb, a live-cd/dvd or a running live system. The main screen contains four areas

Basic operations

Basic Operations

This top section is often all that a user needs to consider. With the two buttons on the left you select the USB you want to use (the box will be pre-populated with usbs that are connected when the MX-LUM starts), navigate to the ISO you want, and click the Next buttton at the bottom of the screen. The top right button (refresh) can be used if your USB device is plugged after MX-LUM starts, while the bottom right button toggles Advanced options (below).



Dry Run simulates what will happen with the configuration chosen. Nothing is actually written to disk.

Encrypt allows the user to create a fully encyrpted live-USB using LUKS encryption.

Clone an existing live system will allow the user to clone a previously created live-USB.

Clone running live system allows live system users to clone the live system that is currently running onto a usb.

Percent of USB-device to use allows you to set a limit on how much of the device is used for the live system.

Lable ext partition allows you to utilize a custom label for the fileystem on the live-USB



Full-featured mode is available for users of antiX/MX family systems, including snapshots. This mode enables all the live system features, including peristence and other features requiring writable media to function (save options, etc…).

Image mode is the fallback for non-antiX/MX family isos, and utilizes a “dd” backend to create an exact copy of a source iso onto the target media. This is similar to utilities like etcher or using “dd” directly from the commandline. Image Mode has some sanity checks to help the user write data only to the target media.

Advanced options

advanced options

The advanced options are mostly for testing and develoment work, although some might be useful to end users in particular scenarios.

GPT Paritioning forces the use of gpt partition tables on the live-usb insted of the default “msdos” partition table. Some systems may not boot from the live-USB if gpt is used, and this is only really usefull in UEFI environements.

Update allows the user to update an existing live-USB with a new iso. this is not useful if persistence is in use, and is usually only used for testing and development work.

Save the original boot directory when updating a live-USB is useful when an encrypted environment is in use and is generally only used for testing and development.

Temporarily disable automounting is useful to disable antiX automounting system, and has no effect in MX.

Ignore USB/removable check skips the final sanity checks to make sure a target media is a removable device.

Set pmbr_boot disk flag sets the legacy boot flag on gpt partitions, but disables booting from UEFI systems.

Keep syslinux files will disable reinstallation of syslinux boot loader on an exisitng live-USB, and typically only matters for development work.

Make ext filesystem even if one exists forces creation of a new ext filesystem even if one exists already. Generally only useful for testing and development.


BitJam’s detailed notes can be found here.
Development history: BitJam (antiX), Dolphin_Oracle, adrian

License: ?

v. 20181104

33 thoughts on “HELP: MX Live-Usb Maker”

  1. Under Resources, you have “BitJam’s detailed notes can be found here.” but there is no link to follow. That’s not useful, so why include it on the page?

  2. This is an just error. When we moved to the new site a few months ago, a number of links weren’t retained and they haven’t been found and corrected yet.

  3. I have downloaded and installed MX Linux (MX-19_x64.iso) onto USB, however does not boot from Windows? How do I get it to boot from a Windows pc?

  4. In order to make a bootable USB with MX, you need Linux installed (need terminal to run the cmds)..
    So I need Linux, in order to install Linux?

    Well.. That just sucks..

    • For Windows you have small programs like Rufus, YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator. Both are very easy to use and create a bootable USB 🙂

  5. Hi! If I want to clone the running live system. Where should I go to find the folder that is the source of this action?

    • You can use the ‘mx-snapshot’ tool to create an .iso of your current system (it even lets you chose between backup (incl. user accounts) an distro mode (root and demo accounts only)). This .iso then can be used to create a live USB system with the ‘mx-live-USB-maker’.

  6. No matter what I try, MX Linux will NOT boot anything live (from multiple sources) that was created with MX Live USB Maker installed on my working MX-19.3_x64 patito feo system.. I’m close to switching distros! Seems really buggy.

    What’s wrong?

      • There is nothing wrong that we have seen, as long as you stay within the intended functions. If you want actual answers, then post in the Forum with details that we can use for diagnosis.

  7. There’s supposedly the ability to take the existing updated system, then create a bootable USB from the updated system. The checkbox for ‘Clone running live system’ is grayed-out. That was the only reason for my installing this! I took the existing, added bleachbit and clamtk to it, along with both Wine and PlayOnLinux. I want to take what is now the live system, placing it onto a USB thumb drive. This was supposedly the benefit to be derived from this installation. Was it vaporware? Or, is there really a way to make this happen?


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