How To Install Etcher on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install Etcher on Ubuntu 20.04

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Etcher on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Etcher is a free and open-source USB image writer for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS. It is used to flash OS images to USB drives, SD Cards, or Raspberry Pi devices. This enables users to create bootable flash drives.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Etcher on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Etcher on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl

Step 2. Installing Scala on Ubuntu 20.04.

By default, Scala is available Ubuntu 20.04 base repository. Now run the following command below to add the Etcher repository to your system:

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

Then, update apt and install the Etcher package using the following command below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install balena-etcher-electron

Step 3. Accessing Etcher on Ubuntu.

Once successfully installed, run the following path on your desktop to open the path: Activities -> Show Applications -> Etcher.

Once it is up and running, click on flash from a file, choose which ISO you want to flash, then in the Select Drive item, choose where the ISO will be flashed, in this case on a USB stick, and then click on Flash and wait.

Install Etcher on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Etcher. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Etcher USB image writer on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Etcher website.

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