Install balenaEtcher in Ubuntu 22.04

In this article, we would cover how to install balenaEtcher in Ubuntu 22.04 release. It is a free and open source application which is used to write OS image files to USB drives and SD cards. At the time of writing, v1.7.9 is its latest stable release.

The package isn’t available through standard Ubuntu repository. Therefore, we need to download the package from the official website of balenaEtcher.

Note: Following operations would require you to have superuser privileges. In case you don’t have one then, we advise you to contact your System Administrator for assistance.

Install balenaEtcher in Ubuntu 22.04

A simple Google search “balenaEtcher” and the first result is our destination. On the homepage itself, if we are already using a Linux based operating system. It would show us the button – Download for Linux x64. If it doesn’t do that then, use the drop-down button option. And, the download starts.

The file – balena-etcher-electron-1.7.9-linux-x64.zip would be around 96 MBs in size.

Next, we need to extract the contents of the file. For that, we have used unzip command-line utility (More about unzip here). If it isn’t installed then, use the following code to install –

sudo apt update
sudo apt install unzip

Thereafter, to extract the contents of the file – balena-etcher-electron-1.7.9-linux-x64.zip

unzip balena-etcher-electron-1.7.9-linux-x64.zip

It would extract an AppImage file in the current directory – balenaEtcher-1.7.9-x64.AppImage. More about AppImages here.

The AppImage isn’t yet executable therefore, use chmod command-line utility –

chmod u+x  balenaEtcher-1.7.9-x64.AppImage

To launch the AppImage –

./balenaEtcher-1.7.9-x64.AppImage

Try to issue the above code multiple times if the application doesn’t launch the first time. At least it happened with us.

Now, there would be three options available at the launch – Flash from file, URL and Clone drive. Choose the one as per your requirements. We chose – Flash from file. And, select Target drive. And, lastly Flash.

At this stage, it would prompt for superuser password. And, pretty much that’s it. When its done, we see a Flash Complete! message.

In conclusion, we have how to install and use balenaEtcher in Ubuntu 22.04 release.