AlternativeTo Logo

    Open Source EncFS Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to EncFS for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best open source Linux alternative is VeraCrypt. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to EncFS and 16 are open source and available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source Linux alternatives to EncFS are Cryptomator (Freemium, Open Source), TrueCrypt (Free, Open Source), LUKS (Free, Open Source) and AES Crypt (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 13, 2022
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    EncFS provides an encrypted filesystem in user-space. It runs without any special permissions and uses the FUSE library and...
    Learn more about EncFS

    1. VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX and that is based on TrueCrypt .
    2. Cryptomator provides transparent, client-side encryption for your cloud. Protect your documents from unauthorized access. Cryptomator on the desktop is free and open source software, so you can rest assured there are no backdoors.
      Cryptomator vs EncFS opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Free, open-source, uses strong AES encryption to protect your files and privacy, compatible with ANY online syncing/backup service, and works on Windows, Mac and Linux. Very fast support also. Highly recommended if you're using Dropbox, Google Drive or similar.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      Perfect instead of EncFS (file based encryption, so it can be used for sync or backup into any cloud).
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago


    3. [TrueCrypt is not exactly "Open Source", but the source is available. See the reviews to get more information.]


      Currently unmaintained. Last version, TrueCrypt 7.1a, is still available for download and development has continued via the forks VeraCrypt and CipherShed. "The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. Windows 8/7/Vista and later offer integrated support for encrypted disks and virtual disk images."

    4. LUKS is the standard for Linux hard disk encryption. By providing a standard on-disk-format, it does not only facilitate compatibility among distributions, but also provides secure management of multiple user passwords.
    5. AES Crypt is an advanced file encryption utility that integrates with the Windows shell or runs from the Linux command prompt to provide a simple, yet powerful, tool for encrypting files using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

    6. Platform-independent password-based authenticated encryption of files & folders.
      Almost everyone thinks File Lock PEA is a great alternative to EncFS.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      gocryptfs uses file-based encryption that is implemented as a mountable FUSE filesystem. Each file in gocryptfs is stored one corresponding encrypted file on the hard disk. The screenshot below shows a mounted gocryptfs filesystem (left) and the encrypted files (right).
    7. CryFS encrypts your files, so you can safely store them anywhere. It works well together with cloud services like Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive and others.
    8. A fork of the now-discontinued TrueCrypt. CipherShed is a program that can be used to create encrypted files or encrypt entire drives (including USB flash drives and external HDDs).


      No releases since Sep 6, 2017. See

    9. The enterprise cryptographic filesystem for...
      No screenshots yet
    Showing 10 of 16 alternatives