Burn ISO Image to Bootable USB on Linux Easily

Today it is very common to use USB drives to install Linux distributions. This allows for re-usability and faster installation time over CDs or DVDs. In this post, I will show you how to burn an ISO to a USB drive on Linux using a graphical program called Etcher.

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Burn ISO Image to Bootable USB on Linux Easily


Etcher is a cross-platform graphical application for burning ISO images to USB drives. It's made with JS, HTML, node.js, and Electron. Therefore, it is cross-platform and can also be used on Windows and Mac OS.

Install Etcher

First of all, you need to download Etcher. To do this, go to the Etcher website . Usually it automatically defines your system and offers you to download the version for your system. However, if it doesn't detect your system, or detects it incorrectly, you can click the arrow next to the download button and select the image you want to use. In my case, I will download the 64-bit Linux.

When the download is complete, open your file manager and extract the file.

When extracted you will see a single file with the extension .AppImage. If you double click on it, it will start automatically.

Burn ISO to USB on Linux using Etcher

Once Etcher has been opened.

  1. Select Image — Select the ISO to burn
  2. Select Target — Select a USB drive, Etcher usually finds the USB flash drive automatically, but make sure you have selected the correct USB drive because if you have multiple USB drives connected to your computer, it might select the wrong one.
  3. Flash — All that remains is to start the recording process. To do this, click the Flash button !

And that's it, an ISO has been burned to the flash drive successfully. Now, you can reboot your system and select the USB drive during the boot process and the ISO image you just wrote to the USB flash drive will boot. Next will be the installation of your favorite Linux distribution.

Restore USB after installation

It may also happen that after using your USB as a bootable drive, it may not work as a normal USB for data storage. If this is the case, you simply need to format the USB drive.


Etcher is a very easy to use and reliable program to make a bootable USB drive on Linux with the graphical interface. It is a cross-platform application, so it can be used on Windows or Mac as well.