7 Best Etcher alternatives for Linux & Windows 10/8/7

balenaEtcher is a simple free and open-source software that is available to make bootable USB drives. With the free and open-source Etcher, we can copy image files such as ISO and IMG easily to USB sticks and SD cards. Thanks to a particularly clear interface, the program can be easily used even by inexperienced users.  It has been developed using the Electron framework and can be installed on Windows 10/8/7, macOS, and Linux. Here are some best alternatives to balenaEtcher.

1. Free Universal USB Installer

The first Etcher alternative in our list is a free and portable universal USB installer to create bootable USB sticks etc. It allows direct download of the popular Linux distros to create bootable flash drives. One can use it for the installation of operating systems or the use of a live operating system. All that is required is a suitable ISO image of the desired system. It is a cross-platform means available for Linux, Windows, and macOS. You can download this alternative from here.


2. Rufus for windows- Create bootable USB drives

The Rufus is one of the best Etcher alternatives available for Windows only, is designed to quickly and easily format and boot up USB storage devices. The software would offer a significant speed advantage compared to other open-source solutions.

The operation of Rufus is quite speedy but traditional. The file systems FAT32, exFAT, UDF, and NTFS are supported.  Available to download for Windows.


3. UNetbootin – create live USB sticks with Linux

Using Linux on the move or rebuilding Windows this small program “Universal Netboot Installer” – Unetbootin for short will make it possible to store operating system installation packages on a USB stick and then to boot them directly or install them on a local hard disk. It is a very simple program with an easy to understand interface; the user has to simply select the appropriate image file and then install it on the USB storage medium of choice. This free Etcher alternative is available to download for Windows 10/8/7, Linux, and macOS. Website Link.


4. YUMI – create multi-boot USB sticks

Out of other free Etcher alternatives, the YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Integrator) helps you to create bootable USB sticks. The best part is it allows us to install several Linux operating systems or even different tools can be set up at the same time in a single USB drive, which later can be selected via a boot menu.

After downloading this balenaEtcher alternative, the first step, you have to select the USB device to use, then you decide for the desired distribution. You can choose from a variety of Linux versions, including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian Live, or Fedora. Download YUMI Multiboot.


5. Deepin Boot Maker

Deepin Boot Maker is a bootmaker that is a part of Deepin Linux Distribution developed by Deepin Technology also available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Just download & install, plug the USB, insert the ISO files and run the Deepin Boot Maker. Available for Windows, macOS, and for Linux itself. Website Link.


6. WinSetupFromUSB

WinSetupFromUSB is another free alternative to balenaEtcher available only for Windows to create a bootable USB drive on Windows 10/8/7 for numerous Linux and FreeBSD operating systems apart from Windows. Thus, in addition to Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Server 2008, Vista, Windows 7 and 8, WinSetupFromUSB can also prepare some Linux distributions such as Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, and CentOS for installation via USB stick.

Furthermore, it also supports the creating of multi-OS boot Pendrive. It means Multiple sets of Windows setup files XP, 2000, 2003, Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008, Windows 8, Server 2012, both 32 and 64-bit versions are supported. SIngle USB drive to boot multiple operating systems.

Download WinsetupFrom USB.


7. Windows 7 USB / DVD Download Tool

If you just want to create a bootable pen drive of Windows operating system regardless of their versions then out of other alternatives use this Etcher alternative called Windows 7 USB / DVD tool. The small program Windows 7 USB / DVD download tool will make it very easy for you to install Windows in the form of an ISO file via a USB stick or DVD. It is an official tool provided by Microsoft (Download). Only available for Windows platforms.


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