How to Install BalenaEtcher on Debian 11

After downloading an .iso image for any operating system, you need to first create an installation media by flashing the image on an SD card or a bootable flash drive

BalenaEtcher is an open-source cross-platform tool used to flash OS images such as .img and .iso files onto USB drives and SD cards in a safe and easy way. It comes with a user-friendly interface that allows you to seamlessly specify the OS image you want to burn.

Let’s now see how you can install thel BalenaEtcher tool on Debian 11 Bullseye.

Step 1: Add balenaEtcher repo to Debian 11

balenaEtcher is not available on the default Debian 11 repositories. You need to add the official repository to the Debian package as shown:

$ curl -1sLf '' | sudo -E bash

After that, update packages to let the system know of the new additional repo added. Run the command:

$ sudo apt update

Step 2: Install balenaEtcher on Debian 11

Next, install Etcher on Debian 11 with the command shown below. Run:

$ sudo apt-get install balena-etcher-electron

After that, confirm the installation was successful, use the following apt-cache policy command.

$ sudo apt-cache policy balena-etcher-electron

Perfect! Now Balena Etcher is fully installed at this point. Let us now launch it.

Step 3: Launch balenaEtcher

Now that balenaEtcher is successfully installed on your system, launch it from the activities menu as shown below. Click on the icon to open Etcher

Step 4: Create a bootable image with balenaEtcher

Now we are ready to flash OS images using etcher on Debian 11. After launching etcher, you will be taken to the dashboard shown below:

Click on the flash from file button . After choosing your installation image, click on ‘Select Target’.

A new window will then pop up, choose the USB you wish to use as the target to burn the image.

Finally, select the “Flash” button to finish and start creating a bootable USB installation image disk.

That’s how you install and create a bootable disk drive using balenaEtcher on Debian 11 bullseye.

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