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balenaEtcher for Mac

Burn OS images to any SD card or USB drive.

Free
In English
Version 1.19.21
4.3
Based on 12 user rates

balenaEtcher overview

balenaEtcher offers you the possibility to burn OS images to any SD card or USB drive with ease, without making you deal with complicated procedures. The utility integrates a user-friendly disk selection tool, and can verify the card before starting to burn the data.

OS image burner featuring a straightforward user interface

This is open source application relies on a single window where the user gets to specify the OS image that wishes to be burned. The utility is able to work with OS images that are using the .img, .iso, and .zip formats.

The next step is to specify the drive to which you want to burn the OS image. For your convenience, can automatically detect external drives and allows you to select the one you want to use from a drop-down menu.

At the same time, the list will not include your internal drive, so there is no possibility to wipe your entire disk.

Monitor the OS image burning process and start over right away

Lastly, you must press the Burn button and monitor the progress in the main window. It lets you know how much of the task has completed, expressed in percentage, and the current transfer speed.

When the process is over, the drive is mounted again, and you will be able to make use of the burned OS image. balenaEtcher also offers you the possibility to burn the same OS image on a new card, or you can load a new OS image.

What’s new in version 1.19.21

  • fix missing windows dependency

balenaEtcher for Mac

Free
In English
Version 1.19.21
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balenaEtcher qualities

Value
5.0
Ease of use
2.0
Features
5.0
Reliability
5.0
Customer support
3.0

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4.3

(13 Reviews of balenaEtcher)

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Dominikhoffmann
Dominikhoffmann
Mar 4 2023
1.18.4
0.0
Mar 4 2023
0.0
Version: 1.18.4
If you happen to not be logged into an admin account, the operation will fail. Before writing to the thumb drive can begin, balenaEtcher asks for an admin password. If you’re not an administrator the operation will fail, because it’s not clear that it has to be an admin password. Also, it is not the typical admin credentials dialog that the macOS provides. Had it not come highly recommended by Netgate for flashing their firmware onto a USB drive, I would have discarded balenaEtcher for for fear that it was a admin password phishing operation.
Michael-Vilain
Michael-Vilain
Dec 2 2022
1.10.6
0.0
Dec 2 2022
0.0
Version: 1.10.6
balenaetcher package in MacOS' brew package manager is no longer supported due to multiple daily updates. I have to install this package by hand on all my systems. When will this be fixed?
Septic Monkey
Septic Monkey
Apr 25 2022
1.7.9
0.0
Apr 25 2022
0.0
Version: 1.7.9
Can I make a bootable Lion or Tiger USB?
Macinman
Macinman
Feb 22 2022
1.7.6
5.0
Feb 22 2022
5.0
Version: 1.7.6
This isn't a review of the program. However, I wanted to point out there seems to be an issue with downloading from the Homepage. When clicking the download link, I've been taken to a 404 page on github. There doesn't seem to be much information available as to if the download location has moved or not. What I usually do is click on the Etcher logo in green at the top of the main window, and download from the page it takes me to for updates. That seems to have broken in the last day or so.
koscialik
koscialik
Nov 20 2021
1.7.0
1.0
Nov 20 2021
1.0
Version: 1.7.0
be aware of it. It s destroying Flash disks
jimmieeaster63
jimmieeaster63
Jun 15 2023
1.18.4
5.0
Jun 15 2023
5.0
Version: 1.18.4
Heunger
Heunger
Feb 22 2022
1.7.7
5.0
Feb 22 2022
5.0
Version: 1.7.7
koscialik
koscialik
Nov 20 2021
1.7.0
1.0
Nov 20 2021
1.0
Version: 1.7.0
aovaria385
aovaria385
Aug 27 2021
1.5.121
5.0
Aug 27 2021
5.0
Version: 1.5.121
time2poppop
time2poppop
Aug 23 2020
5.0
Aug 23 2020
5.0
Version: null
calipayanjoseph25
calipayanjoseph25
Aug 22 2020
4.0
Aug 22 2020
4.0
Version: null
usafdj65
usafdj65
Aug 1 2020
1.0
Aug 1 2020
1.0
Version: null
bisposilvafabio
bisposilvafabio
May 19 2020
5.0
May 19 2020
5.0
Version: null
britinokinawa
britinokinawa
May 14 2020
5.0
May 14 2020
5.0
Version: null
The_Blinded
The_Blinded
May 6 2020
5.0
May 6 2020
5.0
Version: null
craigfin74
craigfin74
Dec 20 2019
5.0
Dec 20 2019
5.0
Version: null
Macinman
Macinman
Nov 11 2019
5.0
Nov 11 2019
5.0
Version: null