balenaEtcher is a free and open-source flashing utility tool famous for writing image files such as .iso and .img files and zipped folders onto storage media to create live SD cards and USB flash drives. balenaEtcher has cross-platform support on Linux, BSD, macOS, and Windows and is developed by balena and licensed under Apache License 2.0.
In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install baelnaEtcher on Linux Mint 20 by downloading and executing the official bash script to install the latest stable version on your system using the APT package manager along with how to update and remove the software later on if you so wish using the command line terminal.
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Update Linux Mint
Before proceeding with the tutorial, it is good to ensure your system is up-to-date with all existing packages.
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y
The following packages will need to be installed for the installation to be completed.
sudo apt install curl apt-transport-https -y
Note, if unsure, just run the command.
Import the balenaEtcher Repository
The first task is to import the official Etcher repository. This is relatively easy as their is an script for it to speed up to install process.
In your terminal, use the following command to download the bash script.
curl -1sLf 'https://dl.cloudsmith.io/public/balena/etcher/setup.deb.sh' | sudo -E bash
The command will automatically engage the bash command to engage the script and import the repository, and if you have missed the apt-transport-https package, attempt to install it.
Once complete, you should see instructions at the end of your terminal output.
First, run an APT update to ensure the package manager is up to date with the new repository inclusion.
sudo apt update
Next, use the following command to install Etcher.
sudo apt-get install balena-etcher-electron -y
How to Launch balenaEtcher
Now that you have the USB bootable disc creator installed, open the application on your desktop by following the path: Taskbar > Accessories > balenaEtcher.
Once open, you will arrive at the default screen. From here, you can begin editing your stream clips from Twitch and others.
How to Update balenaEtcher
The installation method used the APT package manager to install the software from the repository.
To update balenaEtcher, use the apt-update command just as you would with any APT package or system update check.
sudo apt update
Ideally, you should be doing this often to keep your system updated. If an available update is listed, use the apt-upgrade command to proceed.
sudo apt upgrade
How to Remove (Uninstall) balenaEtcher
To remove balenaEtcher is a relatively straightforward process.
First, in your terminal, use the following command.
sudo apt remove balena-etcher-electron --purge -y
This will thoroughly remove the application and any dependencies.
Next, use the following command if you no longer want the repository on your Pop!_OS system.
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/balena-etcher.list
Now finish up by using the last command to refresh your repository.
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*
Comments and Conclusion
In the tutorial, you have learned how to install the popular balenaEtcher software on Linux Mint 20.
balenaEtcher is a great flashing tool that can be used on Windows, macOS and Linux. It is very easy to use and has some great features such as validated flashing and open-source. The software is also lightweight which makes it a great choice for users who are looking for a fast and reliable way to create a USB bootable installation disk.