How to install balenaEtcher on Linux to make bootable USB drive

Install BalenaEtcher on Linux using simple methods. For those don’t know about Etcher, it is an open-source USB bootable tool that can be used on Windows, Linux or MAC OS platform to help users quickly burn image files to USB devices or flashcards. Etcher is for beginners who need to make their own bootable U disk.

To create a bootable USB Drive using BalenaEtcher on Linux such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, CentOS and more… Just need to select an image file to be flashed like .iso and .img. After that select the USB device you want to burn. BalenaEtcher automatically recognizes the connected drive. Finally, click the “Flash!” button to make bootable Pen drive.

Install balenaEtcher on Linux

Step 1: Download Etcher AppImage

To install BalenaEtcher on Linux operating system, we can use two methods- AppImage and via Repository.

First method via portable AppImage.

First is downloading a portable download a balenaEtcher AppImage. One can keep it on a pen drive or USB HHD to use it on almost all popular Linux operating systems. No need to install anything.

It has support for Ubuntu 19.04/18.04/16.0/14.04, Arch Linux, CentOS 6/7, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Red Hat and other same stream operating systems.  The benefit of AppImage it can be used on a wide range of Linux Distros regardless of its type.

Go to Balena Etcher Download page and if your system is 64-bit then download respective Etcher AppImage and for those have 32-bit, get the Etcher for Linux x86 (32-bit) (AppImage).

Download Etcher AppImage

Step 2: Run balenaEtcher AppImage

The downloaded balenaEtcher Appimage will be in the form of the zip file. Right-click on it and extract it.

Balena etcher in Linux

After extracting you will find an AppImage of balenaEtcher, again right-click on it and select Open option to run this USB bootable maker tool.

install etcher app image on Linux

So, here is the Linux portable Baleno Etcher, ready to flash ISO or IMG bootable Images to your USB or Pen drives.

Note: This will not install the Etcher on your Linux system rather you have to run the AppImage every time to use it, a portable Etcher.

Run balenaEtcher AppImage

Method to install balenaEtcher on Linux using Repository

So, if you don’t want to use AppImage and want to install balenaEtcher on your Ubuntu or CentOS operating system like any other regular program, then here are the commands:

#For Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, ElementaryOS and other same derivatives…

Add Etcher Debian repository:

In command terminal fire the below command to add the Etcher repository:

echo "deb stable etcher" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/balena-etcher.list

Import GPG key:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 379CE192D401AB61

Update System

sudo apt-get update

Install balenaEtcher on Ubuntu Linux

sudo apt-get install balena-etcher-electron

Uninstall balenaEtcher (optional)

sudo apt-get remove balena-etcher-electron
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/balena-etcher.list
sudo apt-get update

Balena Etcher install through command line

#For Redhat (RHEL), CentOS and other same derivatives

Add Etcher rpm repository:

sudo wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/etcher-rpm.repo

Update  System

sudo yum update

Install Etcher on RedHat or CentOS Linux

sudo dnf install -y balena-etcher-electron

Uninstall balenaEtcher from RedHat/CentOS Linux (optional)

sudo yum remove -y balena-etcher-electron
sudo rm /etc/yum.repos.d/etcher-rpm.repo
sudo yum clean all
sudo yum makecache fast


#For Fedora and its based Linux OS

Get balenaEtcher rpm repository:

sudo wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/etcher-rpm.repo

Update  System

sudo dnf update

Install balenaEtcher on Fedora Linux

sudo dnf install -y balena-etcher-electron

Uninstall balenaEtcher from Fedora (optional)

sudo dnf remove -y balena-etcher-electron
sudo rm /etc/yum.repos.d/etcher-rpm.repo
sudo dnf clean all
sudo dnf makecache


Install Etcher on Solus (GNU/Linux x64)

sudo eopkg it etcher


sudo eopkg rm etcher


In this way, we can install balenaEtcher on Linux to create a bootable USB drive.


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  1. johndoe January 22, 2020
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