Etcher – A Modern USB and SD Card Image Writer Tool for Linux

Etcher - Create Bootable USB Drive
Written by Aaron Kili

If you have been like me looking for alternative image burners to use in Linux apart from the ones commonly mentioned then, here is an easy-to-use and also stylish application for you and yes, those are the exact words to describe this application called Etcher.

Etcher is an open-source and cross platform application, so it is also available to Windows and Mac OSX users. This application simplifies everything to do with creating bootable USB drives or even Micro SD Cards. It is a project under the management of

To understand it better, let us look at some of its amazing features:

  • Open source and cross platform built using web technologies such as JS, HTML, node.js and Electron.
  • Validated burning so that you do not burn on corrupted a USB drive or SD Card.
  • Hard-drive friendly where it automatically select drive to prevent a user form erasing entire hard-drive.
  • Beautiful interface and more yet to come as promised by the developers.

How to Install and Use Etcher in Linux

There is currently no .deb and .rpm native installers for Linux, but you can download a .appimage file for 32-bit or 64-bit Linux from

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Then, open the terminal and on the command line, move to your downloads directory, where you’ve download the file and run the following command:

$ sudo ./Etcher-linux-x64.AppImage
Installing Etcher Tool

Installing Etcher Tool

You will see the dialog box asking for whether to create a desktop file or not. Click yes.

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You should now have the Etcher interface below on your screen.

Etcher - Create Bootable USB Drive

Etcher – Create Bootable USB Drive

That is it, you should have Etcher up and running now and be able to burn images on USB drives and most importantly Micro SD Cards.

Etcher Bootable USB Creator

Etcher Bootable USB Creator

You can also view the source code of Etcher on Github page and report bugs that you discover.

Remember, these steps I have provided should work well on all major Linux distributions including Ubuntu and Linux Mint. These are simple steps to follow and in case you get any difficulties, you can let us know by posting a comment and we shall find solutions accordingly.

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Aaron Kili

A Computer Science graduate who is most enthusiastic about Linux and FOSS. Aaron has been using Linux for over two years now and loves to share his ideas and knowledge he's acquired with other Linux users around the world.

  • Chips n Curry

    Not working in ubuntu 16.04 here get command not found, whether I run it as superuser or just with the sudo command? Oh well, deleted it, waste of space.

    • Jesse Afolabi

      you have to copy the exact file name…right click on the downloaded etcher tool and select rename after which you’ll copy the name of the tool completely and in your terminal, “sudo ./filename.appimage”

      • You have to:

        sudo chmod +x Etcher-linux-x64.AppImage

        before you can run it. the ./ is so linux will look in the current directory for the command unless it is in the path.

    • Aaron Kili K

      This method should work if you just try to follow the instructions, that is what the developers have said. It applies to all major Linux distros. Just use the same filename, if you have renamed it as Jesse has explained. Try it one more time, may be it can work.

  • Pezfeo

    How do you remove linux from your flash drive after using etcher? I’ve formatted with Gparted and it appears to clear the drive, but the drive becomes unusable.