Simultaneously flashing multiple USB devices

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Article from Issue 252/2021

If you need to flash the same image to multiple USB media, Popsicle saves time by letting you write in parallel.

Sometimes you need to copy the same ISO image to several USB storage devices. Since most available tools only let you write to one media at a time, this process can be a time-consuming task. With Popsicle [1], you can flash an image to multiple media simultaneously.


Originally written for the Ubuntu derivative Pop!_OS, you can find Popsicle in the repositories for Arch Linux and its derivatives. For other distributions, Popsicle's GitHub page [1] provides the source code and detailed installation instructions. In addition, Popsicle is available as a Flatpak [2].


After installation, you will find a launcher in your desktop's Start menu. Popsicle does not require any configuration and supports intuitive use. Upon start-up, a small dialog opens prompting you to select the desired file for flashing using the Choose an Image button (Figure 1). After selecting your image, you have the option to validate the image with a checksum in the Hash: input field using SHA-256 or MD5.


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