BalenaEtcher is a free tool for writing operating system images to microSD cards for Raspberry Pi single-board computers. Etcher’s user interface is straightforward and simple to use. If you’re working on a Raspberry Pi project, this is a must-have tool. It comes highly recommended by me. Etcher is compatible with Windows, macOS, and Linux. As a result, regardless of which operating system you use, you get the same user experience.


  • Writing image files such as.iso and.img files, zipped folders, onto storage media to create live SD cards
  • Bootable USB Flash drives

Tools and Features:

  • User friendly Interface.
  • Creates bootable USB.
  • Writes ISO to SD card.
  • Burns iso.
  • Creates bootable Image.
  • Validates Burning.
Minimum System Requirements:
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or later is required.
  • The ability to use the command line.
  • Sudo permissions (The command line method)

How to Download BalenaEtcher:

BalenaEtcher is available for free and can be downloaded from the Balena website.Simply visit the website, click the “Download” button, and follow the instructions to download and install BalenaEtcher on your Linux computer.

  • First, launch your browser (Firefox is default for Ubuntu).
  • Then, search for ‘Balena Etcher’ or click here to go to Etcher’s main website.
  • Select the installation package and press the Download button.
  • Click Save File and then OK.
  • When the download is complete, double-click the application to launch it.
  • Select where you want to extract the file by clicking Extract.
  • When the extraction is complete, navigate to the location where the application was extracted. Before we run the AppImage, we must ensure that it has permissions. Right-click the AppImage file and choose Properties.
  • Next, go to Permissions and check the box next to Allow executing as a programme.
  • Finally, run BalenaEtcher by double-clicking the AppImagefile.





BalenaEtcher has a straightforward user interface and a four-step process for creating a bootable pen drive. BalenaEtcher is a popular tool for creating bootable USB drives and SD cards. It is compatible with operating systems such as Linux, macOS, and Windows.