Cryptkeeper – An Easy Way To Encrypt And Decrypt Folder or Directory In Linux

Your personal documents are stored in Linux system and you want to encrypt the documents (protect the folder with password) to avoid anyone to access the folder without a password. If someone gain your system access, still you can defense the personal documents.

In Linux few good applications are available for this purpose (I got the application lists, after spent some times with Google). Today we are going to show you about Cryptkeeper and remain will teach you later when times come.

Please make a note, if you ever forgot the password, you cannot recover the data because it uses very strong encryption.

What’s Cryptkeeper

Cryptkeeper is a Free, open source Linux system tray applet that manages EncFS encrypted folders. It’s one of the popular GUI application that uses EncFS in background and available in most of the major distribution but not installed default.

Suggested Read : GnuPG – An Easy Way To Encrypt/Decrypt Files From Command Line in Linux

What’s EncFS

EncFS provides an encrypted file system in user-space. It runs without any special permissions and uses the FUSE library module to provide the file system interface.

How to Install Cryptkeeper

Cryptkeeper package is available in most of the Linux distribution official repository, so you can easily install it with help of distribution Package Manager.

[Install Cryptkeeper on Debian/Ubuntu/Mint]
$ sudo apt-get install cryptkeeper

[Install Cryptkeeper on Fedora]
$ sudo dnf install cryptkeeper

[Install Cryptkeeper on openSUSE]
$ sudo zypper install cryptkeeper

[Install Cryptkeeper on Arch Linux based system]
$ yaourt -S cryptkeeper

Launch and Use Cryptkeeper

After installation, go to Applications –> System Tools –> Cryptkeeper. After launch, you can’t see the interface and automatically added to Top/Bottom panel based on your desktop environment.

How To create an encrypted folder

Click on the cryptkeeper applet to bring up the list, here choose New encrypted folder, Enter the folder name and select where to save the folder then click Forward button. Now, provide the password for the folder and hit Forward button, that’s it your password protected folder is read to use.

Enter the folder name and select where to save the folder then click Forward button.

Now, provide the password for the folder and hit Forward button.

That’s it your password protected folder is read to use.

How To access encrypted folder

To access encrypted folder, click on Cryptkeeper applet on the panel and select the folder.

Enter the password to access the folder.

Now, you can access the encrypted folder. As we already told you in the beginning of the article, Cryptkeeper uses EncFS in background that’s why it’s created a separate file system in user-space.

Add files in encrypted folder

After successfully Decrypt the Folder, you can create new files or copy paste files from anywhere into encrypted folder.

Encrypt the folder again

After done your work in encrypted Folder. Click on the cryptkeeper applet and de-select the folder.

How to delete a folder and change password

If you want to change the password or want to delete the folder permanently. Click on the cryptkeeper applet and choose Edit option to perform.

Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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