In the Raspberry Pi Weekly #147 newsletter they mentioned a new tool for writing SD card images. This tool is called “Etcher”. Now I’m a great fan of Win32DiskImager but I liked the look of Etcher’s clean and simple interface. It also promised to make it clearer what device you were about to nuke which is a good thing if ever you’ve written a Pi image over one of your hard drives.
Etcher can be downloaded from http://www.etcher.io/ and is available for Windows, Linux and Mac. I’ve installed it on both my Windows 7 Desktop and Ubuntu laptop. I like using common apps on both platforms wherever possible.
To our surprise there was nothing out there that fitted our needs. So we built Etcher, a SD card burner app that is simple for end users, extensible for developers, and works on any platform. – resin.io Team
The interface looks like this :
You browse to the image file and select a drive. The list of drives provides a nice set of information so it should be clearer exactly what physical device you are selecting.
Once the process has finished you have the option to burn the same image again or to choose a different image.
When selecting image files you can select IMG and ISO files as expected but also Zip files. This allows you to burn Raspberry Pi images without even extracting them from the source Zip files.
Depending on the state of the SD card you are using you may need to format it first. On Windows I always use the official SD Formatter application.
Overall I’m very impressed and not sure if SD card image burning can get any easier than this! Their site lists “simultaneous writing for multiple drives” as a future feature which would be a very welcome addition.