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EncFS provides an encrypted filesystem in user-space.

  • Linux
    Alternative is ecryptfs, for Linux only
  • BSD
    Is available on FreeBSD, PC-BSD, alternative is pefs, for BSD's only

EncFS provides an encrypted filesystem in user-space. It runs without any special permissions and uses the FUSE library and Linux kernel module to provide the filesystem interface. You can find links to source and binary releases below. EncFS is open source software, licensed under the GPL.

As with most encrypted filesystems, Encfs is meant to provide security against off-line attacks; ie your notebook or backups fall into the wrong hands, etc. The way Encfs works is different from the “loopback” encrypted filesystem support built into the Linux kernel because it works on files at a time, not an entire block device. This is a big advantage in some ways, but does not come without a cost. More Info »

See also the extended introduction page if you are new to EncFS.

If you need help, please use the encfs-users mailing list. You can also send me encfs questions directly, but I may CC a response to the mailing list, to help other people who may have the same question.

Slides from talk: In July 2005 I gave a presentation of EncFS at the Libre Software Meeting in France. Slides are available as PDF, or with last-minute changes in OpenOffice presentation format. More Info »

Link to official EncFS site

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EncFS was added by py2maker in Jun 2012 and the lastest update was made in Nov 2014. There is a history of activites on EncFS in our Change Log and Activity Log. It's possible to update the information on EncFS or report it as discontinued, duplicated or spam. If you want a nice widget to put on your website check these out.
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