TrueCrypt Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to TrueCrypt for Linux and since it's discontinued a lot of people are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is VeraCrypt, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to TrueCrypt and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to TrueCrypt are Cryptomator (Freemium, Open Source), File Lock PEA (Free, Open Source), LUKS (Free, Open Source) and CipherShed (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Apr 23, 2021

    1. VeraCrypt is a free disk encryption software brought to you by IDRIX and that is based on TrueCrypt .
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      VeraCrypt vs TrueCrypt opinions
      Almost everyone thinks VeraCrypt is a great alternative to TrueCrypt.
      JohnFastman 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.
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

      soshowal An almost identical interface to TrueCrypt but added security that closes a security hole in TrueCrypt.
      Top positive comment  almost 4 years ago

      sunsuron It carries forward the classic TrueCrypt UI, which means that any TrueCrypt user can use it easily.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      Open source fork of TrueCrypt. And most important - it's still developed, unlike TrueCrypt.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      Most audited fork of Truecrypt
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      uriahheap98 Because it's an actual fork of TrueCrypt. User interface is the same also, as well as, being backward compatible with TrueCrypt files/containers.
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

    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.
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      Cryptomator vs TrueCrypt opinions
      Most users think Cryptomator is a great alternative to TrueCrypt.
      JohnFastman 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.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

      Cryptomator is designed for cloud application.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

      There is more to say about thos software. But I want to mention one thing: Nowadays almost every one has file in the cloud they want to acces any time and any place with any device. With Cryptomator you can do this even with encrypted files. That is very practical if you want to have private documents like for instance your passport accessible everywhere.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

      Easy to use and trustworthy.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

      It uses EncFs method for encryption. And their website is pretty clear about the encryption process
      Positive comment over 6 years ago


    3. 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.
      Almost everyone thinks File Lock PEA is a great alternative to TrueCrypt.
    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.
      LUKS vs TrueCrypt opinions
      Almost everyone thinks LUKS is a great alternative to TrueCrypt.
      no multi platform support
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

    5. 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

      Most users think CipherShed is a great alternative to TrueCrypt.

    6. CryFS encrypts your files, so you can safely store them anywhere. It works well together with cloud services like Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive and others.
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    7. 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).
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      AES Crypt vs TrueCrypt opinions
      This alternative is disputed. AES Crypt is still a legitimate alternative to TrueCrypt, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      AES Crypt is just an encryption program for a single file not for container or partitions like TrueCrypt.
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

      • 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 Linux kernel module to provide the filesystem interface. You can find links to source and binary releases below.


      The author has agreed that EncFS in its current form is dangerous (to security) for several reasons. Wikipedia has a brief summary:

      The actual audit, which the author participated in, is here:

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    8. A simple, modern, and secure encryption tool.
    9. The enterprise cryptographic filesystem for Linux
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