A simple tool to burn OS images to SD cards or drives directly

Operating system: Windows


Release : balenaEtcher 1.18

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Are you looking for the easiest way to burn images to portable storage media such as a flash USB drive? balenaEtcher is originally designed for this purpose. It is an open-source utility software that allows users to safely flash OS images to SD cards. This way, it creates an installation media for your operating system. You can create live or bootable external drives or condense the disk images to an external card with a single click.

balenaEtcher offers an easier 3-step process so anyone can flash the images effortlessly. All you have to do is upload the image from your storage media, select the drive where you want to save it and flash it. The application will automatically save your burned image into the chosen drive so you can upload a new image or save the previously burned image to another drive. Everything is at your fingertips.


  • A flawless tool to flash OS images to external drives or SD cards.
  • It allows you to validate smooth flashing by making sure that the flash process is completed and there are no issues with your card.
  • You can burn the image to a bootable flash drive with just three simple steps. Its graphical user interface supports multiple flashing, so you can save time on batch processing.
  • The sleek interface provides an easy-to-access display style with multiple tools to enhance the software's efficiency.
  • It supports the common image file formats, such as IMG, ZIP, and ISO, so you can easily burn any type of image without technical complexity.
  • It conveniently works on all devices, including Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

The advanced functionalities of balenaEtcher include its hard-drive-friendly style. This means it saves the data in your drive by giving warnings so you never lose important information by accidentally wiping off the hard drive. The best thing is that it has no complicated installation instructions and can work with any platform, including the latest Windows versions.

balenaEtcher deals with complex storage processes by allowing you to create live USB flash drives so you can convert the images to portable media.
Compatible with Windows, MacOS, and Linux
Low system resources needed for operation
Availability of USB port or SD card reader
Open-source software compatibility

Easy to use with intuitive, minimalist user interface.
Automatically validates images after burning.
Cross-platform compatibility enhances accessibility.

Lacks advanced configuration options for experienced users.
Occasional unresponsiveness during large file operations.
No support for CD/DVD burning.