Etcher (software)

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Stable release1.18.11[1] Edit this on Wikidata (13 July 2023; 7 months ago (13 July 2023)) [±]
Written inElectron (JavaScript, HTML, Node.js)
Operating systemCross-platform (Windows, macOS, Linux)
LicenseApache License 2.0 Edit this on Wikidata

balenaEtcher (commonly referred to and formerly known as Etcher) is a free and open-source utility used for writing image files such as .iso and .img files, as well as zipped folders onto storage media to create live SD cards and USB flash drives. It is developed by Balena,[2] and licensed under Apache License 2.0.[3] Etcher is a free, open-source tool that allows users to write images to portable storage media such as USB sticks and SD cards. Etcher was developed using the Electron framework and supports Windows, macOS and Linux.[4][5][6][7][8] balenaEtcher was originally called Etcher, but its name was changed on October 29, 2018, when changed its name to Balena.[9]


Etcher is primarily used through a graphical user interface. Additionally, there is a command line interface available which is under active development.[10]

Future planned features include support for persistent storage allowing live SD card or USB flash drive to be used as a hard drive, as well as support for flashing multiple boot partitions to a single SD card or USB flash drive.[11]

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  1. ^ "Release 1.18.11". 13 July 2023. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  2. ^ "BalenaEtcher". Retrieved 2022-01-30.
  3. ^ "balena-io/etcher". GitHub. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  4. ^ "Burn SD cards with Etcher". (Magpi).
  5. ^ Sneddon, Joey (13 May 2017). "How to Install Etcher, the open-source USB writer tool, on Ubuntu". Omgubuntu.
  6. ^ Klosowski, Thorin (6 January 2017). "Etcher Is the Easiest Way to Make a Raspberry Pi SD Card". Lifehacker.
  7. ^ Kili, Aaron (17 May 2016). "Etcher – A Modern USB and SD Card Image Writer Tool for Linux". Fossmint.
  8. ^ "How to Write an .img to SD Card on Mac the Easy Way with Etcher". OSxdaily. 11 January 2018.
  9. ^ " changes name to balena, releases open source edition". 2018-10-29. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  10. ^ "Etcher by Command Line". Archived from the original on 2018-07-23. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  11. ^ "BalenaEtcher - Pro". balenaEtcher. Retrieved 2018-12-10.

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