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    balenaEtcher is described as 'free and open-source image burner with support for Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux. It makes USB and SD card image burning as simple and fast as possible' and is a leading Bootable USB Creator in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to balenaEtcher for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, PortableApps.com and Android. The best alternative is Rufus, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like balenaEtcher are Ventoy (Free, Open Source), UNetbootin (Free, Open Source), YUMI (Free, Open Source) and dd (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Feb 19, 2022
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    balenaEtcher is a free and open-source image burner with support for Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux. It makes USB and SD card...
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    1. Rufus is a utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.
      Rufus vs balenaEtcher opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Rufus is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
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      alexprange 3 Words: Functionality, Functionality, and Functionality
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

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      Luismart89 The thing I love from Rufus is the possibility to customize the platform target i.e BIOS O UEFI, so this let me use and EFI Image for BIOS Based computer. a good example of this is using Windows 10, by default is UEFI based computers, but Rufus can convert the image file to hybrid, so you can install windows 10 on both BIOS and on UEFI based pcs with the same stick. Rufus also can be used to write linux distros to USB sticks. It is the best option we can find on Windows.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

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      It works best and has features needed most.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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      aidan_mullen23 Flashes quickly and works flawlessly almost every time.
      Positive comment 9 months ago

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      POX Probably the best software to burn an OS image on a USB drive if you're using Windows.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      manolive Installed Windows 10 and Linux mint. The image was launched from under the BIOS without problems. Recommend.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      It's stable and does what it claims to do; very dependable.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    2. Ventoy is an open source tool to create bootable USB drive for ISO files. With ventoy, you don't need to format the disk again and again, you just need to copy the iso file to the USB drive and boot it.
      Ventoy vs balenaEtcher opinions
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      Everything balenaEtcher can do Ventoy can do better and more. Plus they 'ignore' Mac, haha.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Everyone who wants to try linux from windows. Ventoy is the best option. Why? Because Ventoy will let you put two iso on the drive. No Burning or wiping out entire disk. Only direct iso copy and paste. If you want to try linux, simply put linux iso and for safe back to windows put a windows 10 iso.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    3. UNetbootin (Universal Netboot Installer) is a cross-platform utility that can load Linux and other distributions to a partition or USB drive.
      UNetbootin vs balenaEtcher opinions
      Most users think UNetbootin is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
      I cannot choose Winshit 10
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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    4. YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to our MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot Bootable USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more.
      Most users think YUMI is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
    5. dd, that stands for ‘data duplicator’, is a command-line utility for Unix mainly used for copying and converting data.
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      dd vs balenaEtcher opinions
      Almost everyone thinks dd is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
      sharmaganesha2 It's command line. That means it does not have garbage inside the program. But it might freak some people out. But Literally, you have Git Bash so you can use DD on Windows. The usage: $ lsblk /dev/sdb 28G /dev/sda 931G $ dd if=popos.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=1M status=progress It's really nice.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      POX A good command-line alternative that comes with Unix-based operating systems. It's what I use on my MacBook to burn Linux ISO images on my USB drive.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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    6. A utility that can write a raw backup image of your hard drive to a removable device or vice versa.
      Win32 Disk Imager vs balenaEtcher opinions
      Most users think Win32 Disk Imager is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
      TheDcoder A lot smaller and more native to the Windows platform than Etcher
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      Win32 Disk Imager, despite its name, does not "create" disk images: it only writes/mounts pre-existing .img files to flash storage.
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

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    7. Universal USB Installer is a Live Linux USB Creator that allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use.
      Most users think Universal USB Installer is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
    8. MultiBootUSB is a software to create multi boot live Linux on a removable media i.e USB disk. It is similar to UNetbootin but many distros can be installed, provided you have enough space on the disk.

      Discontinued

      The project seems no longer developed and the official website is no longer available. Last version, 9.2.0, released in April 2018, can be still downloaded from GitHub.

      Almost everyone thinks MultiBootUSB is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
    9. Restore/Backup Utility, initially intended for Raspberry Pi users, but very suitable for all SD cards and external disks. More compression formats, no more sudo passwords, enable SSH, Auto Eject, restore to multiple disks, size check, shrink, etc.
      ApplePi-Baker v2 vs balenaEtcher opinions
      Most users think ApplePi-Baker v2 is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
      Luismart89 the level of customization at the time of restoring and image file to an sd card or usb drive, somethin that etcher lacks of it.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      Ponyboy47 Automatic backup of images Easy to use Great design
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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    10. LiLi USB Creator is a free software for Windows that allows you to create a bootable Live USB key with a Linux on it.

      Discontinued

      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 2.9.4, released in September 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website. The project has officially been abandonned on December, 22nd 2020 (announcement on their blog).

      Almost everyone thinks LinuxLive USB Creator is a great alternative to balenaEtcher.
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