Balena Etcher needs privileged access- Macintosh

Hello. This is my first time using balena etcher, so please bear with me. Every time I try to flash something, BalenaEtcher sends a password prompt, pic given here. I enter the password to my computer, but it doesn’t accept it. 3 more times, and it stops the process entirely.

that of space 2021-09-02 at 5.00.16 PM

Hi and welcome to the forums,

balenaEtcher needs admin privileges in order to write to disk, hence the prompt. Does the account on your Mac have admin rights?

You can check that by doing the following:

  1. Open the Apple menu.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. In the System Preferences window, click on the Users & Groups icon.
  4. On the left side of the window that opens, locate your account name in the list.
  • If the word Admin is immediately below your account name, then you are an administrator on this machine.
  • If the word Standard is there, then you are not an administrator and your account cannot be used to install software or make administrative changes.

Note that the admin password requirement is only for macOS Catalina and above.

Let us know how it goes.

Best regards,

Yes, my account is the only one on the mac, and it has admin rights.

Hi, which version of etcher and macOS are you using?

Well, I don’t know how to check for the version, but I downloaded it today from the official website. Macos- 11.4, Big sur.

Hi there, this is by design. If you prefer Etcher not to prompt, open a macOS Terminal, run sudo su - and then open Etcher in that terminal session.