Adelina Harris
by on November 23, 2020

Etcher is a powerful OS image flasher. It protects a user from accidentally overwriting hard-drives by making drive selection obvious, and with validated flashing there are no more writing images to corrupted drives. It is also called balenaEtcher since it is developed by balena.

In addition, Etcher can flash directly Raspberry Pi devices that support usbboot. Use for .iso and .img files, as well as zipped folders to create live SD cards and USB flash drives.

Written with Electron for cross platform use (windows, macOS, and Linux).Flash an SD or USB

Quick and easy, Etcher lets you flash an operating system image to an SD card or USB flash drive. You will no longer to use optical media to install a new operating system.

For anyone who needs to flash operating system images frequently Etcher provides a reliable solution, which is easy to use and available for all computer platforms. A pleasing, visual user-interface greets you whenever you run Etcher because flashing SD cards and USB drives don’t have to be an eyesore. Selecting an image is easy, and once you’ve done that it’s only a simple drive selection away from being flashed to that drive.

Validated flashing means you’ll no longer write images onto a corrupted card and have to sit at your computer questioning why it’s not booting up.

Download Etcher is hard drive friendly, meaning you’ll no longer have to worry about accidentally wiping the wrong hard drive. Like this making, a bootable drive becomes easy


The software is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux; you’ll easily be able to make a flash USB to replace any old operating system, even the one you’re using right now. It’s a great tool especially for anyone running on Linux as Linux does require a fresh installation from time to time.

Etcher Pro is the next stage in Etcher’s development. It’s capable of writing to multiple cards and USBs at the same time, all at an extreme speed. Etcher Pro is also a device capable of working independently from your computer.

Where can you run this program?

Etcher is available for all computer operating systems, which means Windows, Mac, and Linux users are all able to download their system-specific version.

Is there a better alternative?

No. Etcher is one of the fastest flashing applications available. Similar products are Rufus and UNetbooting, but Etcher remains ahead thanks to the development of its pro version which can stand alone.

Our take

Etcher is a good tool to use when you need to flash an operating system to any USB and have a bootable hard drive.

Should you download it?

Yes, if you’re planning to change operating systems or help friends swap over to a newer release, then this is a useful application.

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