Open Source TrueCrypt Alternatives

TrueCrypt is a utility that generates an in-file encrypted disk that is able to be mounted as a real disk, with support for encrypting both internal and external storage devices and partitions.

As TrueCrypt has been discontinued for several years, its development has been succeeded specifically by VeraCrypt and CipherShed. Most importantly, both of those alternatives that serve as successors are also in active development.

Outside of CipherShed and VeraCrypt, there are free and open source alternatives to TrueCrypt available on all major operating systems, including Android and iOS.

The list of alternatives was last updated on Oct 2, 2020

  • VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX and that is based on TrueCrypt .
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to TrueCrypt.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
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    JohnFastman309159
    TrueCrypt was discontinued in mysterious circumstances. The code was taken forward by VeraCrypt. It is open source and some security vulnerabilities have been fixed since the TrueCrypt days. It's a great app for creating encrypted containers or encrypting whole drives. Backwards compatible with TrueCrypt. Truly excellent software.

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    An almost identical interface to TrueCrypt but added security that closes a security hole in TrueCrypt.

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    Gu
    Open source fork of TrueCrypt. And most important - it's still developed, unlike TrueCrypt.

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  • Cryptomator provides transparent, client-side encryption for your cloud. Protect your documents from unauthorized access.
    Most users think this is great alternative to TrueCrypt.
    • Freemium • Open Source
    • Mac
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    • iPhone
    • iPad
    JohnFastman319175
    Truecrypt is no more. Try the more updated and secure VeraCrypt. Both of those are for making an encrypted container into which files are placed. Cryptomator is different: it encrypts file-by-file (makes an encrypted version of each file). This enables you to sync/backup encrypted versions of your files to the cloud, which the TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt approach doesn't. Cryptomator thus fulfills a different need than does TC/VC.

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    Gu
    Cryptomator is designed for cloud application.

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    Gu
    It uses EncFs method for encryption. And their website is pretty clear about the encryption process

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  • Platform-independent password-based authenticated encryption of files & folders.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to TrueCrypt.
  • LUKS is the standard for Linux hard disk encryption.
    Almost everyone think this is great alternative to TrueCrypt.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Linux
  • CipherShed is a program that can be used to create encrypted files or encrypt entire drives (including USB flash drives and external HDDs).
    Most users think this is great alternative to TrueCrypt.

    Discontinued

    No releases since Sep 6, 2017. See https://www.ciphershed.org/news/

    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
  • 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...
    This alternative is disputed. It's still a legit alternative but it might have some issues that some users think is important.
    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    Gu
    AES Crypt is just an encryption program for a single file not for container or partitions like TrueCrypt.

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  • CryFS encrypts your files, so you can safely store them anywhere. It works well together with cloud services like Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive and others.
  • DiskCryptor is the only truly free solution, provided under GNU General Public License (GPLv3), which offers encryption of all disk partitions, including the system partition.
    Most users think this is great alternative to TrueCrypt.

    Discontinued

    The last update was released 09.07.2014.

    • Free • Open Source
    • Windows
  • 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.

    Warning

    The author has agreed that EncFS in its current form is dangerous (to security) for several reasons. Wikipedia has a brief summary: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EncFS#General_Security_Concerns

    The actual audit, which the author participated in, is here: https://defuse.ca/audits/encfs.htm

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    • Free • Open Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
  • Kryptor is free and open source file encryption software for Windows, Linux, and macOS.