Tutorial to install and run Balena Etcher on Debian 11 Bullseye Linux using command line terminal (repository) or portable AppImage.
Etcher, an open-source tool to write ISO/Image files on a USB stick or SD card. It is available to run for all mainstream OS such as Linux, Windows, and macOS. Furthermore, in addition to the installer version, Windows also has a portable Etcher version that can be used without installation
Using this program to write image files to removable media. It supports various image formats are * .iso , * .img , * .bin and also packed variants. The program also recognizes whether the image is bootable. Optionally, the successful write process can also be compared with the image file in order to identify damaged data carriers.
Steps to install balenaEtcher on Debian 11 Bullseye
Open command terminal
Although we can use the AppImage, will show that later, however, first let’s see the method to install BalenaEtcher using the command terminal. For that, go to all Applications and open the command terminal app on your Debian 11 Bullseye system.
Add balenaEtcher repository on Debian 11 Bullseye
There is an official repository available on the Github of the Etcher project for Debian Linux and its based operating systems. Hence, we add that using the given command:
curl -1sLf 'https://dl.cloudsmith.io/public/balena/etcher/setup.deb.sh' | sudo -E bash
Run system update
To let the system about the newly added repo and its packages run once the system update command.
sudo apt update
Command to install balenaEtcher on Debian 11
Finally, after updating, use the apt package manager to install the Balena Etcher directly on your Debian system.
sudo apt-get install balena-etcher-electron
Run this bootable USB maker
Once the installation is completed, go to the Application launcher and run the Etcher GUI app.
Uninstall or Remove (optional)
Well, in case you don’t want to use this open-source bootable USB image writer anymore on your system then run the given command to completely remove it from your Linux.
sudo apt remove balena-etcher-electron sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/balena-etcher.list sudo apt clean sudo rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*
Download and use balenaEtcher App Image
Those who don’t want to install Ethcer using the repository and just want to use it only once or occasionally can also go for the AppImage available to run on most of the Linux operating systems.
It is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, download the one from the official page.
Once you have the Image’s compressed file on your system. Right-click on it and select extract or archiver app. Go to the extracted folder and double-click on the AppImage file to run Etcher.
Note: If it is not opening, then check for permission. Right-click on the AppImage, select Properties, and then Permission Tab. There check the box for “Allow this file to run as a program“.