In this guide, we are going to learn how to install and setup VeraCrypt on Linux Mint 21. VeraCrypt, a fork of TrueCrypt, is a free and open source on-the-fly disk encryption (OTFE) tool.
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Install and Setup VeraCrypt on Linux Mint 21
Some of the main features offered by VeraCrypt include;
- Creates a virtual encrypted disk within a file and mounts it as a real disk.
- Encrypts an entire partition or storage device such as USB flash drive or hard drive.
- Encrypts a partition or drive where Windows is installed (pre-boot authentication).
- Encryption is automatic, real-time(on-the-fly) and transparent.
- Parallelization and pipelining allow data to be read and written as fast as if the drive was not encrypted.
- Encryption can be hardware-accelerated on modern processors.
- Provides plausible deniability, in case an adversary forces you to reveal the password: Hidden volume (steganography) and hidden operating system.
You can install VeraCrypt on Linux Mint 21 using either of the method below;
Install VeraCrypt on Linux Mint using DEB Binary
There are two versions of VeraCrypt installers you can choose;
- the GUI based installer and
- the console based installer.
We will use the GUI based installer in this guide.
- Download VeraCrypt GUI Installer for Ubuntu
There is no dedicated installer for Linux mint. However, since Linux Mint is part of Debian/Ubuntu family, download the current release version of VeraCrypt DEB binary for Ubuntu. We will use Ubuntu 22.04 installer.
wget https://launchpad.net/veracrypt/trunk/1.25.9/+download/veracrypt-1.25.9-Ubuntu-22.04-amd64.deb -P /tmp
- Install VeraCrypt on Linux Mint 21
Depending on the installer you downloaded, you can use APT package manager to install.
sudo apt install /tmp/veracrypt-1.25.9-Ubuntu-22.04-amd64.deb -y
Install VeraCrypt on Linux Mint using Generic Installer
Download generic installers from the downloads page.
Extract the installer once the download is completed;
tar xjf veracrypt-1.25.9-setup.tar.bz2
Similarly, there are two types of installers, GUI based and the console based Installers for both x86 and x86_64 systems that are extracted to the current working directory.
ls -1 veracrypt*
veracrypt-1.25.9-setup-console-x64 veracrypt-1.25.9-setup-console-x86 veracrypt-1.25.9-setup-gtk3-console-x64 veracrypt-1.25.9-setup-gtk3-gui-x64 veracrypt-1.25.9-setup-gui-x64 veracrypt-1.25.9-setup-gui-x86 veracrypt-1.25.9-setup.tar.bz2
You can choose which one to use for installation;
Example of using GUI based installer;
sudo apt install dbus-x11
Click Install VeraCrypt in the installation wizard that pops up, accept the End User License Agreement and click Ok to install VeraCrypt.
If you want to use the console installer, then execute the command;
Once the installer runs, you are prompted to choose the installation option. Select option 1 to install VeraCrypt.
VeraCrypt 1.25.9 Setup ____________________ Installation options: 1) Install veracrypt_1.25.9_console_amd64.tar.gz 2) Extract package file veracrypt_1.25.9_console_amd64.tar.gz and place it to /tmp To select, enter 1 or 2: 1 Before you can use, extract, or install VeraCrypt, you must accept the terms of the VeraCrypt License. Press Enter to display the license terms..
Press ENTER and go through the EULA and accept it to proceed with installation.
... Do you accept and agree to be bound by the license terms? (yes/no): yes
Once the installation is done, press ENTER to exit the installer;
... usr/share/doc/veracrypt/HTML/bank_30x30.png usr/share/doc/veracrypt/HTML/VeraCrypt Volume Format Specification.html usr/share/doc/veracrypt/HTML/VeraCrypt Rescue Disk.html usr/share/doc/veracrypt/HTML/VeraCrypt128x128.png usr/sbin/ usr/sbin/mount.veracrypt usr/bin/ usr/bin/veracrypt-uninstall.sh usr/bin/veracrypt Press Enter to exit...
VeraCrypt is now installed and placed under,
You can uninstall VeraCrypt using the
Launching VeraCrypt on Linux Mint 21
If you installed console-based VeraCrypt, you can launch it from the terminal using the
For example, to check help page and examples on how to use veracrypt on command line;
If you installed the GUI version, you can launch it from Accessories menu.
If you can’t see the icon, log out and login and check again.
Encrypt Volumes using VeraCrypt on Linux
You can encrypt files/volume devices on Linux using VeraCrypt in two ways;
Encrypt Volumes using VeraCrypt CLI tool
Check our guide on how to use VeraCrypt on command line to encrypt drives;
How to Use VeraCrypt on Command Line to Encrypt Drives
Encrypt Volumes using VeraCrypt GUI tool
The process of using VeraCrypt GUI to encrypt drives or volumes has been extensively described in our previous guide on how to use VeraCrypt to encrypt drives.
How to use VeraCrypt to Encrypt Drives on Linux
That is how easy it is to install and setup VeraCrypt on Linux Mint. Feel free to explore this awesome tool.
Read more on VeraCrypt Documentation page.
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