Popsicle is a tool that allows you to write ISO or img images to your usb flash drive.
The difference of Popsicle from other tools with the same function is that, Popsicle allows you to write to multiple usb flash drives at once.
Meaning you can burn or write multiple images at the same time. Let's say you want to burn a linux distro on multiple usb devices, all you have to do is to plug all your usb devices on your machine and then simply write them at the same time by using Popsicle.
With Popsicle you can also check that the hash of an ISO file has not been changed, this allows you to verify whether the ISO file is legit or not. When checking, red color indicates that the hash is not the same, while green color indicates that the hash is the same and that the ISO file has not been modified or damaged.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Popsicle on Ubuntu 22.04, and how to use to burn an ISO file on multiple flash drives.
Step 1 - Add Popsicle Repository
To be able to install Popsicle on your system, first you must add its repository. To add Popsicle repository is very easy, and you can do it by running the command below
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apandada1/popsicle
Step 2 - Update your system
Once you have added Popsicle repository on your system, you need to update your system.
Updating your system will make Popsicle repository active on your system, which means you will be able to install Popsicle now.
sudo apt update
Step 3 - Install Popsicle
Now that Popsicle repository has been added on your system, you can now proceed to install Popsicle by running the command below
sudo apt install popsicle popsicle-gtk
The command above will install two packages, popsicle and popsicle-gtk.
popsicle - is the cli app that you can use to burn an iso file from the terminal
popsicle-gtk - Is the GUI of Popsicle.
Step 3 - Use Popsicle
Popsicle can be easily launched from the terminal
You can also launch it from the applications menu. Simply search for "Popsicle" in the search box, and then click to Popsicle icon to launch Popsicle.
And Popsicle will launch
Now you can start using Popsicle to burn an ISO or img files to your usb flash drives. To do this first click to "Choose Image" and select the files that you want to burn
After importing the ISO file, click to "Next" button
As you can see in the image below, we have imported Arch Linux ISO which we are going to burn to two usb flash drives at once
Now, you need to select all drives that you want to write the ISO file. To do this, check the box "Select all" and then click to "Next" button
And Popsicle will begin writing the ISO file on your drives
Once the process has been completed, you will see the following notification
You can click to "Done" button to close Popsicle window
Now you should have the same ISO written on both drives
By now you should know what Popsicle is, how to install it, and also how to use it to burn multiple usb flash drives at the same time.