Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the development of TrueCrypt has been dropped, but a bunch of developers have adopted the project and decided to continue the work on the TrueCrypt’s source code. Two worth mentioning TrueCrypt forks are CipherShed (installation instructions) and VeraCrypt.
VeraCrypt has the entire functionality of TrueCrypt, but it also adds security enhancements, allowing the users to encrypt containers on hard drives and even partitions and hard drives.
The latest version available is VeraCrypt 1.0f-1, which has been recently released, coming with the below changes:
- Add support for old TrueCrypt 6.0.
- Change naming of cascades algorithms in GUI for a better description.
- Make cancel button of the preference dialog working.
- Solve impossibility to enter a one digit size for the volume.
- Add wait dialog to the benchmark calculation.
In this article I will show you how to install VeraCrypt 1.0f-1 on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2 and other Ubuntu derivative systems.
Because it is available via PPA, installing VeraCrypt 1.0f-1 on Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the veracrypt package. Like this:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unit193/encryption
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install veracrypt
Optional, to remove veracrypt, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove veracrypt