How to flash an operating system onto a USB-stick

There are multiple ways to flash a operating system onto a USB-stick. We will present you the method of using balenaEtcher.


  • You need a USB-stick (we recommend USB 3.0 for better speed)
  • You need a OS image in the *.iso format. For k3OS you could choose for example this version


Download balenaEtcher:

Insert USB-stick and open balenaEtcher

Select downloaded *.iso by clicking on "Flash from file" (the sceeen might look different based on your operating system)

Select the USB-stick by clicking on "Select target"

Select "Flash"

It will flash the image on the USB-stick

You are done!

These steps are also available as a YouTube tutorial from the user kilObit.