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 a bootable Pen drive.

Install balenaEtcher on Linux using AppImage

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 their type.

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

Download Etcher AppImage

2: Run balenaEtcher AppImage

The downloaded balenaEtcher Appimage will be in the form of a 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 the 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…

1. Add Etcher Debian repository:

In the command terminal paste the whole block of the below command to add the Etcher repository:

curl -1sLf \
   '' \
   | sudo -E bash

2. Update System

sudo apt-get update

4. Install balenaEtcher on Ubuntu Linux

sudo apt-get install balena-etcher-electron

5. 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

1. Add Etcher rpm repository:

Paste the whole given block of command and hit the Enter key.

curl -1sLf \
   '' \
   | sudo -E bash

2. Update  System

sudo yum update

3. Install Etcher on RedHat or CentOS Linux

sudo dnf install -y balena-etcher-electron

4. 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

1. Get balenaEtcher rpm repository:

curl -1sLf \
  '' \
  | sudo -E bash

2. Update System

sudo dnf update

3. Install balenaEtcher on Fedora Linux

sudo dnf install -y balena-etcher-electron

4. 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.


8 thoughts on “How to install balenaEtcher on Linux to make bootable USB drive”

  1. I installed Etcher on Linux Mint using the repository method. When I try to launch it I get a message:
    You don’t have access to this resource
    Please ensure you have necessary permissions to access this resource.

    What do I do?

    • Please install it again using the App image method, sometimes the version in repository could cause this problem…

  2. is there a way to copy the txt in the balck windows ?
    (to get it easy into my terminal window)

  3. Hi,
    I try to install Etcher (on Ubuntu 20.04) using he repository method. But the step 2 (Import GPG Key) give an error :
    $ sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys 379CE192D401AB61
    Executing: /tmp/apt-key-gpghome.QOngWLHOfP/ –keyserver –recv-keys 379CE192D401AB61
    gpg: keyserver receive failed: Server indicated a failure.
    I try also with this fix: but I got always à GPG key error.
    Do you know how to avoid AppImage?
    Best regards,

    Francis Gernet
    PS: Good post and very interesting website

  4. First I tried the AppImage way for etcher, after extracting and right click “open” nothing happens. Checked permissions and “allow executing file as program” is ticked.
    So, then I tried using repository. Installation process goes well, I even get the pretty icon and everything for BalenaEtcher. Yet, when I try to run it again nothing happens.

  5. Great explanation. Once I downloaded the .iso, and placed it in /downloads folder, ( not on Dropbox or pCloud)
    and loaded it in Etcher, it loaded fine.
    Thanks again


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