How to install balenaEtcher on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Creating a bootable Pen drive sometimes becomes problematic when you don’t have appropriate software in Linux. To make things easy we can install the popular open-source BalenaEtcher on our Ubuntu 22.04 for making bootable USB drives. The best thing about this free tool, it is available for all popular operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and macOS. Moreover, its availability in AppImage format as well makes the Etcher run on all popular Linux distros.

In this article, we run a few commands to learn the steps required for the installation of BalenaEtcher on Ubuntu 22.04 Jammy using the command terminal.

1. Prerequisites

A few things you should have access to before following this tutorial are:

  • Ubuntu 22.0 LTS Desktop or Server with GUI
  • Active internet connection
  • Sudo or root privileges

2. Downloading BalenaEtcher

BalenaEtcher doesn’t come with Ubuntu by default and is also not available to install using the official package repository of Debian Linux. Therefore, we need to download it either using the browser or the command line. The executable binary of the Etcher USB bootable drive project is available on GitHub.

  1. Open your web browser.
  2. Visit BalenaEtcher GitHub Latest Release page.
  3. Select the Deb binary available for the Debian or Ubuntu systems to download.
  4. The stable version while writing this article was 1.14.3.
  5. A pop-up will appear, allowing the browser to save the file.
Downloading BalenaEtcher

3. Enable the Ubuntu Universe repository

There are a few packages that we require to use the BalenaEtcher and are available through the Universe repository. Therefore use the given command and enable the Repo on your system before following the rest of the steps.

sudo add-apt-repository universe

4. Installing BalenaEtcher on Ubuntu 22.0 LTS

We have the Debian binary of this USB maker tool to install BalenaEtcher on Ubuntu 22.0, now follow these steps:

  1. By default what we download using the browser goes into the Downloads folder.
  1. So, switched to that first in your command terminal.
cd Downloads
  1. To confirm whether the file is there or not, you can use:
  1. Inside the Downloads directory, use the APT package manager and install the BalenaEtcher package.
sudo apt install ./balena-etcher_*_amd64.deb
  1. If you are about to use the APPImage or getting some problems due to libappindicator1 then don’t forget to install it.
sudo apt install libappindicator1

5. Launching the USB maker

If everything is done as guided you will have a working Etcher’s USB creator software on your Ubuntu 22.04. Nevertheless, to run the Balenetcher, click on the Activities, and in the Search box type its name. Soon the icon of the application will click to run the same on your Linux system.

Start USB creator software on Ubuntu
Installing BalenaEtcher on Ubuntu 22.0

6. Creating a Bootable USB Drive with BalenaEtcher

Using of BalenaEtcher software is not difficult once it gets installed on Linux. You can create a bootable USB drive as much as you can, the only things we need are a USB/Pen drive and an ISO or IMG image of an operating system.

Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Plugin-in your USB drive into the Ubuntu system.
  1. Run the BalenaEtcher either from the Applications or using a terminal command:


  1. Click on the Flash From File option and then select the ISO image that you want to use.
  1. Select the one USB drive that you want to use to write the image if you have plugged in multiple.
  1. Hit the “Flash!” button to initiate the Image writing process on the pen drive.
  1. Once the writing process is completed, your bootable USB drive is ready to use.


Earlier there was a problem running the BalenEthcer application on Ubuntu 22.04. However, if you followed the way we have shown in this article, then you will not have any errors. Nonetheless, if some is not working then go for the pre-release version of the software available on the same GitHub page from where you have downloaded the latest stable version.

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