TrueCrypt alternatives: 25 disk encryption apps for Linux

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: 6/9/2019 2:22:00 PM

Alternatives to TrueCrypt for Linux with any license

  • VeraCrypt

    VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX and that is based on TrueCrypt . It adds enhanced security to the algorithms used for system and partitions encryption making it immune to new developments in brute-force attacks. For example, when the system partition is encrypted, TrueCrypt uses PBKDF2-RIPEMD160 with 1000 iterations whereas in VeraCrypt we use 327670.

    • An almost identical interface to TrueCrypt but added security that closes a security hole in TrueCrypt. soshowalFeb 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Open source fork of TrueCrypt. And most important - it's still developed, unlike TrueCrypt. Guest • Jun 2017 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It carries forward the classic TrueCrypt UI, which means that any TrueCrypt user can use it easily. sunsuronDec 2017 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. JohnFastmanNov 2016 • 11 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Because it's an actual fork of TrueCrypt. User interface is the same also, as well as, being backward compatible with TrueCrypt files/containers. uriahheap98Nov 2015 • 5 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Cryptomator

    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 for Android/iOS costs a small fee and is not open source, but it uses an open-core component that can be checked for backdoors. Easy and Reliable We understand simplicity as a key aspect of security.

    • Cryptomator is designed for cloud application. Guest • Dec 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 9 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It uses EncFs method for encryption. And their website is pretty clear about the encryption process Guest • Jun 2015 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • LUKS

    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. In contrast to existing solution, LUKS stores all setup necessary setup information in the partition header, enabling the user to transport or migrate his data seamlessly. LUKS was designed according to TKS1, a template design developed in TKS1 for secure key setup.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • CipherShed

    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). There’s no complicated commands or knowledge required; a simple wizard guides you step-by-step through every process. After creating an encrypted file or disk drive, the encrypted volume is mounted through CipherShed.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • File Lock PEA

    Password-encryption of files and folders. The program is written in Java and therefore platform-independent and runs on nearly every system without installation, but requires a Java Runtime Environment - that is already installed in most cases. File PEA encrypts files and folders with authenticated encryption to protect confidentiality and integrity of the data and uses memory-hard key derivation functions to prevent custom hardware attacks.

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  • AES Crypt

    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). A Java library is also available for developers using Java to read and write AES formatted files. NOTE: Crypt4All is the first Android program compatible with AES Crypt.

    • AES Crypt is just an encryption program for a single file not for container or partitions like TrueCrypt. Guest • Feb 2016 • 8 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • CryFS

    CryFS encrypts your files, so you can safely store them anywhere. It works well together with cloud services like Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive and others. The goal of CryFS is not only to keep file contents, but also file sizes, metadata and directory structure confidential.

    Free Open Source Mac Linux

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  • EncFS

    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.

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  • Gnome Encfs Manager

    The Gnome Encfs Manager is an easy to use manager and mounter for encfs stashes. It allows you to create encrypted directories, any file that is placed in such a directory will be encrypted. Gnome Encfs Manager feature per-stash configuration, Gnome Keyring support, a tray menu inspired by Cryptkeeper but using the AppIndicator API and lots of unique features.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • FinalCrypt

    FinalCrypt uses the most unbreakable encryption: "One Time Pad" Encryption and has a well designed graphical user interface and an equally advanced command line interface for large automations. Reasons for choosing FinalCrypt: 1. Most people choose Disk-Encryption as it's easier to unlock a whole drive, but Big-Brother or Malware can then also read all your files. Only use File-Encryption! 2. Most software uses recently broken AES encryption: https://www.theinquirer .

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  • Jetico BestCrypt

    If your computer were ever to be stolen, are you certain that your personal information cannot be discovered? Jetico’s BestCrypt software automatically encrypts your files so that nobody can read the data unless they have the right password or keys. BestCrypt supports several encryption algorithms and security standards and offers multiple ways to work transparently with encrypted data: * Store encrypted data in containers and access the data through virtual drives.

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  • Luksus

    LUKSUS is a tool that creates an encrypted volume and filesystem on a hardrive or other storage media as well as a filecontainer. It can use the following encryption facilities: LUKS, Truecrypt and GELI. LUKSUS is a wrapper script for cryptsetup/tcplay/geli, shred and mkfs. Instead of having to read up on the documentation for these tools, I wrote this wrapper script to handle the dirtywork.

    Free Open Source Linux BSD TrueCrypt dialog

  • DCrypt

    DCrypt is an encryption and decryption tool that combines in a smart way multiple algorithms. The combination of multiple strong algorithms makes it much more difficult for hackers to get the plain content of the encrypted file without the password.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Zed!

    Zed! protects your personal and sensitive data in encrypted archives on e-mail, on USB sticks and in backups. ENCRYPTION With its encryption technology derived from various certified professional solutions, Zed! guarantees optimal levels of data protection and confidentiality for exchange and storage. The data encrypted by Zed! can only be decrypted by users with a valid access key. Using Zed! is highly intuitive. Create a .

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  • SecurStick

    SecurStick is a free portable application that lets you carry encrypted files on your USB drive. You can use the drive on any computer to access and modify those files WITHOUT needing any administrator privileges. Available languages: English, German and Italian.

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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  • S.S.E. File Encryptor

    Securely encrypt your private and confidential files or whole folders. The encryption/decryption process is simply done by dragging the selected file(s) or folders(s) to application window. Files are encrypted using strong encryption algorithm: AES (Rijndael) 256bit, RC6 256bit, Serpent 256bit, Blowfish 448bit, Twofish 256bit, GOST 256bit + (Threefish 1024bit and SHACAL-2 512bit for Pro Version) ciphers are available. Cross-Platform (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, ...

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  • GostCrypt

    The Gostcrypt project has been launched at the end of 2013 as fork of the (late) Truecrypt project. It intends to go farther than ever. Since the late 70s, most of the algorithms used (not to say all) are UKUSA encryption systems that have been chosen, promoted and standardized under the control of the USA and its satellite countries. Security rationales The GOST 28147-89 block cipher uses 256-bit keys for encryption or decryption.

    • Really similar - different cryptographic algorith : no container (.tc files) compatibility - Similar graphic interface - quite same cross platform compatibility (windows+linux rpm deb+Mac OS X 10.9) - Same "reasonable deniabilty" with hidden volumes Guest • Mar 2017 Disagree   Agree

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  • OneTime

    OneTime is an open source encryption program that uses the one-time pad algorithm to allow two parties to communicate privately. It has features to assist with the bureaucracy of pad management, and comes with built-in help. OneTime requires Python 2.6 or higher, and is for users who are comfortable running command-line programs.

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • ImmediateCrypt

    ImmediateCrypt is an utility for encryption and decryption of plain text messages with the AES-256 cipher. It is released under the GPLv3 license (full Java source available) and works under any Java-enabled environment (Windows, Linux and Mac OSX).

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Encrypt Stick

    Transform Any USB Flash Drive into a Digital Privacy Manager. Keep your private files safe, Manage your passwords, Browse the web privately. Everyone has private digital files that need extra security. They’re the ones on your computer or other devices that could cause serious consequences if they fell into the wrong hands: photos, videos, financial records, identity passwords and sensitive documents.

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  • ScramDisk for Linux - SD4L

    SD4L is a suite of Linux tools and a graphical user interface (GUI) which allow the creation of, and access to ScramDisk encrypted container files. In particular, SD4L provides a Linux driver which enables mounting ScramDisk containers. ScramDisk for Linux also encrypts partitions on a hard disk or storage media such as USB sticks or floppy disks entirely as devices. Version 2.1, moreover, opens and creates TrueCrypt containers from TrueCrypt version 4.1 to 7.0a.

    Free Open Source Linux

  • Tomb

    Tomb is an 100% free and open source system for file encryption on GNU/Linux, facilitating the backup of secret files. Tomb is written in code that is easy to review and links commonly shared components. Tomb generates encrypted storage folders to be opened and closed using their associated keyfiles, which are also protected with a password chosen by the user.

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • CZIP X

    CZIP X is an application that lets you encrypt all the files you store in your PC or in your mobile device and it does that through a technology that we call layered safety. By learning to use CZIP X in the best way, you could make your stuff yours forever. Don't let others steal a part of your life: start using CZIP X now.

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