How to Download and Install Etcher on Raspberry Pi?

What is Raspberry Pi?

It is a credit card sized computer that can be easily connected to any computer monitor and keyboard/mouse to get going. With a lot of functions and great performance, it is used by many people across the world for different purposes like developing projects, hosting server files, and doing simple tasks as well.

By default, Raspberry Pi OS is installed on this mini computer. It is a Debian based stable operating system. Users can shift to another OS as well if they want. Now if you are thinking that you will need another computer to do so, then you are wrong my friend!

Etcher (Download here) is an image writing utility that works perfectly fine on Raspberry Pi and can make bootable pen drive or SD card easily. The flash speed is also faster than other utilities. What’s more? The installation is also easy and we have discussed the steps below. Let’s check out!

How to Download and Install Etcher on Raspberry Pi?

  1. Download Etcher for Raspberry Pi from the official website or git repository.
  2. Now open your terminal window (Ctrl + Alt + T) and enter the following commands:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
  3. Now unzip the download Etcher zip file by entering the following command. (Replace the path with the downloaded path)
    sudo unzip /path/to/Etcher.zip
  4. Now, time to run Etcher. Navigate to the folder and run Etcher. (Replace the path with where Etcher is unzipped)
    cd /path/to/Etcher/Balena\ Etcher/
    sudo ./balena-etcher-electron
  5. You will see the Etcher window on your screen.
  6. If you see an error message like below, then you will have to enter a command from Step 7:
    ./balena-etcher-electron: error while loading shared libraries: libgconf-2.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
  7. Enter the following command:
    sudo apt-get install libgconfmm-2.6
  8. Run the application again by entering the commands mentioned in Step 4. Etcher should now launch without any errors.

How to Use Etcher on Raspberry Pi?

  1. As the Etcher window displays, you will see three simple buttons through which you can choose and burn the OS image to USB drive/SD card.
  2. First, download the OS ISO file or image file that you want to burn.
  3. Click “Flash from file” and browse to the location where you downloaded the image file.
  4. Select the image file and you will see the name of the file in Etcher.
  5. Now click “Select target” and choose the SD card/USB drive from the list.
  6. Click “Flash” and you will see the burning process. Etcher will first validate the image files and then burn it to the USB drive. You can track the progress and the estimated time remaining on the application window.
  7. Once completed successfully, you will see a “Flash complete” message.

So, that’s how you use Etcher to easily, quickly, and securely burn OS image files to your USB drive or SD card on Raspberry Pi.

FAQs

  1. How to solve the “1 Failed Device” error along with some other info about checksums not matching?
    This is because the integrity of the image file is not verified by Etcher. Download the official OS image or any other image file you want to write.
  2. How to solve “./balena-etcher-electron: error while loading shared libraries: libgconf-2.so.4: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory” error?
    In the Terminal window (Ctrl + Alt + T), enter the following command:
    sudo apt-get install libgconfmm-2.6

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