Open Source VeraCrypt Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to VeraCrypt is Cryptomator, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to VeraCrypt and 18 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to VeraCrypt are TrueCrypt (Free, Open Source), LUKS (Free, Open Source), File Lock PEA (Free, Open Source) and CryFS (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 10, 2021

    1. 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 VeraCrypt opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Cryptomator is a great alternative to VeraCrypt.
      Provides the same functionality as an encrypted virtual disk, but allows you to quickly sync it to the cloud.
      Top positive comment  about 1 year ago

      VeraCrypt is for encrypting local volumes/disks. Cryptomator is for encrypting files/folders for upload to cloud provides (e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive).
      Top negative comment  11 months ago

      Doesn't provide the same functionality i.e. a locally encrypted disk volume.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

      VeraCrypt is for encrypting local files, cryptomator is for encrypting remote files as they are uploaded to cloud providers
      Negative comment almost 3 years ago

      Does not do encryption of local files, partitions, or drives
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

      teewet Now, it does support saving the encrypted files into local storage. But it does need an internet connection. So even the local storage can't be decrypted without an internet connection, I do not understand why, In my opinion local storage en-/decryption shouldn't depend on internet connection.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      Only encrypts files that are to be uploaded to dropbox or google drive, no local volume support
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

    2. [TrueCrypt is not exactly "Open Source", but the source is available. See the reviews to get more information.] TrueCrypt is a disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux.


      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."

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      Most users think TrueCrypt is a great alternative to VeraCrypt.

    3. 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.
    4. 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 VeraCrypt.
    5. 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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      • 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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    6. A simple, modern, and secure encryption tool.
    7. 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.
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    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

      This alternative is disputed. CipherShed is still a legitimate alternative to VeraCrypt, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    9. is a javascript app that provides secure file encryption using the AES-256-GCM algorithm from WebCryptoAPI provided by your browser. it was coded following the WebCrypto Documentations .
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