Etcher – A Beautiful App To Create Bootable USB Drives And SD Cards
Etcher is a beautiful, simple and free GUI tool that allows you to create bootable USB drives and SD cards in Unix-like operating systems. It is created using JS, HTML, node.js and Electron. No more complicated install instructions, It will work just fine out of the box. You don’t need to be an advanced user to install and use it. Etcher is cross platform tool, so It works on Windows, Mac OS X and on almost all GNU/Linux distributions. Etcher is also available command app, so you can also use it on your Linux servers that doesn’t have any graphical user interface.
Head over to the Etcher download page and download the latest installation file depending upon your distribution’s architecture. I use 64 bit Arch Linux, so I downloaded 64 bit installer file.
$ wget https://github.com/resin-io/etcher/releases/download/v1.4.4/etcher-electron-1.4.4-linux-x64.zip
Once downloaded, go to the download location and extract it.
$ unzip etcher-electron-1.4.4-linux-x64.zip
Go to the folder extracted folder and make the Etcher installer file as executable as shown below.
$ chmod +x etcher-electron-1.4.4-x86_64.AppImage
Then, start Etcher using the following command:
If it ask you to install Etcher on your system, just select Yes.
On Debian and Ubuntu and all DEB based systems, there is an official repository. Run the following command to add the Etcher repository:
$ echo "deb https://deb.etcher.io stable etcher" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/balena-etcher.list
Add Bintray.com’s GPG key:
$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 379CE192D401AB61
Update the sources list and install Etcher as shown below.
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install balena-etcher-electron
On RHEL, Fedora, CentOS, you can install Etcher as shown below.
Add Etcher repository:
$ sudo wget https://balena.io/etcher/static/etcher-rpm.repo -O /etc/yum.repos.d/etcher-rpm.repo
Update the repository list and install Etcher using command:
$ sudo yum install -y balena-etcher-electron
$ sudo dnf install -y balena-etcher-electron
After installing Etcher, launch it from menu. It will be probably found under System settings menu.
Create Bootable USB Drives And SD Cards Using Etcher
Here it is how Etcher default interface looks like.
As you see in the above picture, the Interface is really simple and beautiful. You can easily find out how to burn an Image, can’t you?
Let me show you how to create an Ubuntu bootable USB drive.
To do so, insert your pen drive. No need to select the usb drive, Etcher will do it automatically for you. Click on “Select image” and select your OS image. once you selected the image click Flash.
You can also flash multiple at once. Click on Change option in the above wizard and choose the devices you want to flash.
Now, Etcher will start to burn image on your USB drive.
After burning the image, your USB drive will be safely ejected automatically.
Remove the USB bootable drive and start installing the OS using the newly created bootable drive.
Like I said, Etcher is also available for command line mode. To install it, you must install Node.js with npm. Refer the following link to install NpdeJS on your Linux machine.
After installing npm, run the following command to install Etcher:
$ npm install -g etcher-cli
To burn an Image, just use the following command with exact OS image path:
$ sudo etcher <path/to/image.img>
If you’re not happy with Etcher, run the following commands to uninstall it depending upon the distribution you use.
To uninstall Etcher on Debian, Ubuntu, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove balena-etcher-electron $ sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/balena-etcher.list $ sudo apt-get update
To uninstall Etcher on RPM based systems, do:
$ sudo yum remove -y balena-etcher-electron $ sudo rm /etc/yum.repos.d/etcher-rpm.repo $ sudo yum clean all $ sudo yum makecache fast
$ sudo dnf remove -y balena-etcher-electron $ sudo rm /etc/yum.repos.d/etcher-rpm.repo $ sudo dnf clean all $ sudo dnf makecache
To uninstall Etcher CLI version, use the following command:
$ npm uninstall -g etcher-cli
If you have downloaded the Electron file, simply remove it.
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Introducing Etcher Pro
Etcher Pro is the next commercial stand-alone hardware device that allows you to write to multiple cards or usb disks at once, at extreme speeds. Compared to a traditional Disk Duplicator, Etcher Pro is faster and less expensive, while at the same time easier to use and packed with features, so that you can do much more than just copy SD Cards. If you want to keep up with our progress, sign up on the Etcher mailing list to receive regular updates!
While testing Etcher, I noticed that Etcher is not only simple to use, but also fast and safe. It burned a 4+ GB sized CentOS 7 OS image to my USB drive within 2 minutes. As far as I tested Etcher on my Arch Linux desktop, I didn’t find any issues so far. The developers of Etcher are working to extend its features such as writing images simultaneously to multiple drives and more. Hope this tool will help you. Give it a try, you won’t disappointed.