If you have been like me looking for alternative image burners to use in Linux apart from the ones commonly mentioned then, here is an easy-to-use and also stylish application for you and yes, those are the exact words to describe this application called Etcher.
Etcher, also known as balenaEtcher is an open-source and cross-platform software used for creating bootable USB drives or even Micro SD cards.
It simplifies the process of creating bootable media for installing operating systems or flashing firmware images. Etcher is known for its user-friendly interface and reliability.
Here are some key features of Etcher:
- Cross-Platform Support – Etcher is compatible with multiple operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux, allowing users on different platforms to create bootable media.
- Simple and Ituitive Interface – Etcher features a straightforward and easy-to-use interface, making it accessible for users with varying technical expertise.
- Creating Bootable Media – Etcher enables the creation of bootable USB drives or SD cards from ISO, IMG, or other supported image file formats. It simplifies the process of preparing media for installing operating systems or flashing firmware.
- Validation and Verification – Etcher verifies the integrity of the image files by performing validation checks after writing them to the target media. This helps ensure that the created bootable media is error-free and reliable.
- Support for Various Image Formats – Etcher supports a wide range of image file formats, including ISO, IMG, ZIP, and more, making it compatible with various operating systems and firmware images.
- Automatic Drive Selection – Etcher automatically detects and displays the available drives or removable media, making it easy to select the target device for creating the bootable media.
- Progress Indication – Etcher provides real-time progress indication during the writing process, allowing users to track the status of the creation process.
- Error Prevention – Etcher implements several measures to prevent accidental selection of the wrong target device, reducing the risk of data loss or overwriting important files.
- Open-Source and Community-Driven – Etcher is an open-source project, and its development is driven by a vibrant community of contributors. This ensures continuous improvements, bug fixes, and the inclusion of new features.
Overall, Etcher offers a user-friendly and reliable solution for creating bootable media, making it a popular choice among users who need to install operating systems or flash firmware.
How to Install Etcher on Linux
To install Etcher, refer to the downloads page and grab the latest pre-made
.appimage installers for all supported Linux operating systems.
Open the terminal and on the command line, move to your downloads directory, where you’ve downloaded the file, and run the following command to launch Etcher:
$ wget https://github.com/balena-io/etcher/releases/download/v1.18.4/balenaEtcher-1.18.4-x64.AppImage $ chmod +x balenaEtcher-1.18.4-x64.AppImage $ sudo ./balenaEtcher-1.18.4-x64.AppImage
Alternatively, you can use the official Etcher Debian repository to install it on Debian and Ubuntu-based Linux distributions using the following commands.
$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 379CE192D401AB61 $ echo "deb https://deb.etcher.io stable etcher" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/balena-etcher.list $ sudo apt update $ sudo apt install balena-etcher-electron $ balena-etcher-electron
On Fedora-based Linux distributions, use the following commands to install Etcher.
$ sudo dnf install flatpak $ flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo $ flatpak install flathub io.balena.etcher $ flatpak run io.balena.etcher
That is it, you should have Etcher up and running now and be able to burn images on USB drives and most importantly Micro SD Cards.
You can also view the source code of Etcher on the Github page and report bugs that you discover.
Remember, these steps I have provided should work well on all major Linux distributions including Ubuntu and Linux Mint. These are simple steps to follow and in case you get any difficulties, you can let us know by posting a comment and we shall find solutions accordingly.