How to Balena Etcher on Ubuntu 22.04

For those who are choosing to:

  • install the Home Assistant Operating System
  • on generic x86/64
  • using a Ubuntu 22.04 LTS as the live OS for writing the image to the boot medium

You might run into a problem running Balena Etcher on Ubuntu. For me, the appimage would just silently fail to run. Running these two commands from the command line got me unblocked:

sudo add-apt-repository universe
sudo apt-get install libfuse2

Hopefully this helps someone googling for the problem.

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I just flashed the image to the M.2 drive directly.

OMG thank you, thank you thank you. I’m trying to setup a new HASS mini-PC for my friend today, and after booting into Ubuntu live I couldn’t get Balena Etcher to run and I was losing my mind. Every forum post on the entire internet I could find about this, even ones from just a month or two ago, said you had to install libfuse2 on Ubuntu 22.04 to get .appimage files to execute, but I couldn’t get libfuse2 to install…thank you for saving me.

This reminded me of why I gave up on Linux years ago. The whole point of AppImage was to simplify app installation because installing software on Linux was often not user-friendly…AppImage is supposed to “just work”…and of course it doesn’t.

not working.

[email protected]:~/Downloads$ ./balenaEtcher-1.7.9-ia32.AppImage
dlopen(): error loading libfuse.so.2

AppImages require FUSE to run.
You might still be able to extract the contents of this AppImage
if you run it with the --appimage-extract option.
See FUSE · AppImage/AppImageKit Wiki · GitHub
for more information

This helped me to start balena. It’s now flashing HAOS to my harddrive. Many thanks