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 Resin.io.
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
.rpm native installers for Linux, but you can download a
.appimage file for 32-bit or 64-bit Linux from www.etcher.io.
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
You will see the dialog box asking for whether to create a desktop file or not. Click yes.
You should now have the Etcher interface below on your screen.
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.
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.