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balenaEtcher

Burn OS images to SD cards and USB sticks easily and securely.

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
Avg rating of 3.4 (48)| 46 comments

What is balenaEtcher?

balenaEtcher is a 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.

FEATURES

  • Validated Burning - No more writing images on corrupted cards and wondering why your device isn't booting.
  • Hard Drive Friendly - Makes drive selection obvious to avoid wiping your entire hard-drive
  • Beautiful Interface - Who said burning SD cards has to be an eyesore.
  • Open Source - Made with JS, HTML, node.js and Electron. Dive in and contribute!
  • Cross Platform - Works for everyone, no more complicated install instructions.
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balenaEtcher information

  • Developed bybalena.io
  • LicensingOpen Source (Apache-2.0) and Free product.
  • Written in
  • RatingAverage rating of 3.4 (48 ratings)
  • Alternatives47 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

GitHub repository

  •  24,760 Stars
  •  1,796 Forks
  •  412 Open Issues
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Our users have written 46 comments and reviews about balenaEtcher, and it has gotten 551 likes

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rocky_mm
  
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Little is to say that I am just satisfied. I am amazed. I was looking for an alternative to Rufus on Windows. It is true that it does not have all the options Rufus has (actually, it has none), but it has simplicity and speed. Highly recommended!

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icezar
  
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I dealt with many image writers in the past. This is by far the most user friendly one. And it works flawlessly!!!

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manolive
  
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Do not work with Windows ISOs on Linux

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HPGHuber
  
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Fast and easy to use! Perfect Installation Manager. Worked perfect with Windows 11.

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LinuxDoge
  
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BalenaEtcher just always works. While Ventoy, GParted/Kde Partition manager or "sudo dd" may result in breakages, balenaEtcher just always works. It verifies that the burning was successful.

A good multiplatform-Alternative for Rufus (Windows), runs on every Linux Distro as an Appimage.

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DL300
  
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I have never, ever seen this app write something successfully. I have tried it on multiple operating systems and with multiple operating systems - it has never, ever successfully finished ANY flash. What an absolute joke.

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Kissaki
  
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Simple 3-step interface, usable for novice users. Made my USB unusable though, and could not even reuse it itself. Only with technical and software resource knowledge was I able to find a different program to save my USB stick.

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