I was wondering if anyone in this community has used Etcher to burn OS images to a Raspberry Pi. I have a Rapberry Pi 1 Model A and would like to use Etcher to burn Raspbian Stretch Lite to it with some custom modifications:

  • I want to start with Raspbian Stretch Lite as the base image
  • Then I have several *nix packages that I'd like to add to that image using something like apt-get
  • Then I want to install my own app/service at a particular location on the file system
  • Finally I want the whole OS configuration/image to be burned onto the pi so that when I power it on, Raspbian starts running and its just like I had manually provisioned the server myself

Can Etcher accomplish all this for me? Or do I need to load the Raspbian image into a different tool and customize it (run apt-get, manually install my app, etc.) from there? What would that tool pipeline look like? Thanks in advance!

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No , Etcher alone cannot accomplish this. The following will , though (listed in ascending order of complexity/flexibility) :

The last option only works on Linux but will enable you to "jump into" an image file , use apt-get , change configuration files etc.

  • I'm new to this SE, but isn't there community guidelines to summarize solutions in case of link rot? rpi-gen is already a lost cause.
    – Oxwivi
    Mar 18, 2018 at 12:39
  • No you can't do that using Etcher as it only writes the ISO. You could add files to the ISO maybe, using a compressed file viewer. PiBakery is what you need. Take a standard image (included) and add items like first boot scripts, WiFi networks and Cron jobs. Mar 18, 2018 at 17:03

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