Install Etcher on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa - Step by step guide ?

Install Etcher on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa - Step by step guide ?

Etcher is also known as balenaEtcher . It is an open-source, free image flasher utility for creating bootable SD cards or USB flash drives from .img and .iso files. Etcher is an easy to use tool for less tech-savvy people.        
Here at Fixwebnode , as part of our Server Management Services, we regularly help our Customers to perform related Ubuntu Software Installation queries.        
In this context, we shall look into how to install Etcher on Ubuntu using the AppImage format or command line interface.        

Different ways of installing Etcher on Ubuntu               

Etcher can be installed by applying the below methods:       

  • Etcher installation on Ubuntu Via AppImage .       
  • Etcher installation on Ubuntu Via Apt .       


a. Etcher installation on Ubuntu Via AppImage               

Etcher is available for download as an AppImage, a portable software distribution format. AppImage makes it easy to run applications without having to go through a complicated installation process.        
The following steps will help you run Etcher from its AppImage:        

1. Download AppImage from Balena's Website               
Start by visiting Etcher's official website and download the AppImage for Linux. Since the 18.04 edition, Ubuntu supports only 64-bit architecture, so choose the x64 version.        

2. Extract the downloaded .zip File               

  • i. Navigate to the location on your drive where you downloaded the .zip file containing AppImage.       
  • ii. Right-click the .zip file and select Extract Here.       
  • iii. The .zip file extracts to a folder. Navigate to that folder.       

3. Assign Execute Permissions to the AppImage File               

  • i. Right-click the file and select Properties.       
  • ii. In Properties, click the Permissions tab.       
  • iii. In the Execute section of the Permissions tab, check the Allow executing file as a program check box.       
  • iv. Close the Properties dialogue.       


4. Run Etcher               
After you give the AppImage permission to run as an application, all you have to do is double-click the app icon and Etcher will start.       


b. Etcher installation on Ubuntu Via Apt               
You may prefer to install Etcher as any other software and receive automatic future updates. In that case, install the program using the apt package manager. So follow the below steps:        

1. Add Debian Repository for Etcher               
Add Etcher's repository to the list of repositories from which Ubuntu retrieves application files. In the console, run the following command:        
$ echo "deb  https://deb.etcher.io  stable etcher" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/balena-etcher.list         
Ubuntu will confirm the addition of the repository.        

2. Add the repository key to authenticate the package source               
Next, use apt-key to add Etcher's repository key to the trusted list. To do this, run the following command:        
$ sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkps://keyserver.ubuntu.com:443 --recv-keys 379CE192D401AB61         

3. Install Etcher               
Now you can proceed with installing Etcher using apt.        
i. First, update the package list:        
$ sudo apt update         
ii. Next, install the package:        
$ sudo apt install balena-etcher-electron         
When prompted, type y and press Enter .        
iii. Wait for the installation to finish and run Etcher by finding it in the list of your Ubuntu applications. Alternatively, start it by typing balena-etcher-electron in the command line:        
$ balena-etcher-electron         

How to uninstall Etcher AppImage from your Ubuntu system ?               

To uninstall Etcher AppImage, simply delete the file you downloaded.       

 

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Conclusion

This article covers the different ways of installing Etcher, which is a popular bootable media creator on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa. Etcher is an application that not only allows us create USB Bootable with persistence to write data and complementary information on the USB but also allows us USB multi-distro support, that is to say, to be able to install several Gnu / Linux distributions in the same pendrive and that they work without having to erase and reinstall.

Features of Etcher inludes:       

  • Etcher is a truly cross-platform tool. You can use it on Windows, macOS and Linux. Regardless of which OS you use Etcher can write .iso, .img and .zip files to USB drives and SD cards.
  • It Supports the creation of multi-boot USBs.
  • It Supports persistent storage on Ubuntu images.
  • Registered Etcher as handler for *.img and *.iso files.


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