1. Skree

    So I guess my folder password went and changed itself, because I wrote that fucker down and now it's not working. Is there any way to use admin powers to change the password?


    • Unfortunately, none that I know of. The underlying technology is encfs, so you could try researching the options for that.

  2. Maks

    Hi there!
    Just wonder can I recover deleted encrypted folder?


    • You may be able to recover with some tool made for data recovery. As long as those sectors on the hard drive have not been overwritten.

  3. Cushie

    Problem accessing Crypt folder Ubuntu Unity 11.10
    I have added my name to the fuse groups using the advised command but don't know where to check the 'Groups'
    My problem is I can't get access the the encrypted folder. Yes I can delete and start all over again which I have tried several times to certify I know the password, each time I get the error 'the stash (folder?) could not be mounted, invalid password'.
    Any suggestions to make some progress would be welcome.

  4. rajdeep


    when i click on cryptkeeper icon nothing happens.can u suggest a solution. i dont know whats wrong

  5. pavanShinde

    How to get back system tray icon for Cryptkeeper

    • Linerd

      On my system, Cryptkeeper is on the menu under Applications->System Tools->Cryptkeeper. You can also start it from the command line or the [Alt]+[F2] menu with cryptkeeper.

  6. John

    Great application! I work in a foreign government's ministry and need to keep some things confidential, so just the ticket.

    However, I am having trouble across Linux distributions. I created a CryptKeeper folder in one (Xubuntu) but can't access it in another (Linux Mint). I couldn't find any help on the subject of cross distribution usage, so tried the "Import EncFS folder" option. During the import process it could certainly see the existing folder (hidden in my documents, a directory/data partition shared by all distributions), but then when I try to mount it from the tray applet, after entering my password, a window saying "Creating new encrypted volume" appears but nothing happens after that. The folder is still invisible in Thunar (I have changed the preferred file browser) and not listed as mounted in the applet right click menu.

    By the way, how good is the encryption?


  7. Frank Henderson

    Linerd, have you done what Axel recommends. This is December and I've installed Cryptkeeper (it works great) and wish that it didn't require the extra step after closing the encrypted file of unclicking the file in the Key. Is that what Axel's thing does. I don't know enough to put his suggestions into the program myself.

    • Linerd

      I haven't bothered trying Axel's recommendation. What his script will do is unmount the encrypted folder when you log out of your computer. My computer tends to stay on most of the time and 99 times out of 100 that I'm logging out I'm also shutting down, so it's a non-issue for me. When you start the computer again it shouldn't be mounted by default. I haven't tried it, but I don't see a reason that it should happen.

      It sounds like you may be looking for a solution to encrypt single files rather than a folder of files. I don't know of a program that does that. Not to say that it doesn't exist, I just haven't gone looking for it.

  8. odalcet

    I you lost your cryptkeeper password, you lost your data...

  9. amountain

    I am using Cryptkeeper and forget my password.
    What can I do to access my encrypted folder?


  10. Axel

    If you like your temporary folders to be removed use the following line between do and done:

    echo "${dir}" | awk '{system("umount " $0); system("rm -rf " $0);}'
  11. Axel

    Hi there,

    I was a little bit annoyed that when i logged out, crytkeeper does not take care of unmounting my directories.

    So I wrote a little script you should put into


    The script umounts ALL existing encfs filesystems on you PC after logout of a gnome session:

    for dir in "$(cat /etc/mtab | grep encfs | awk '{print $2}' | sed -e 's/\040/ /g')"
       echo "${dir}" | awk '{system("umount " $0)}'

    (Hope this will be formatted right, if not: Linerd, please correct it)

    Greets Axel

    • Axel

      sed -e 's/40/ /g'

      should be (please insert a backslash for "BACKSLASH")
      sed -e's/"BACKSLASH"040/ /g'

      • Linerd

        Ok, I think I got everything formatted and corrected. Let me know if something looks incorrect.

        Thanks for the tips. I'll have to give it a try when I get home.

  12. thanoob

    well it dosent work for me because when i try to press on it nothing heappens whats that abought?

  13. sam

    The problem is after i unmount it, anybody can right click on the folder name in the 'key' menu and delete the whole thing. Then what purpose does it serve? If anybody can just delete it if they aren't able to open it? Isn't that a bug?

    • Linerd

      You should quit Cryptkeeper after you unmount it. Also, I think if it gets deleted from Cryptkeeper, that doesn't actually delete your encrypted folder, it just removes it from the list. You should be able to add it back in by importing it. I haven't tested that and I'm away from my Linux box right now. Try just creating a new encrypted folder and put a few text files in there for testing purposes. Then try deleting it and see if you can import it back in. In my example I called the folder safe. This shows up under my home folder as .safe_enfs.

  14. Dar

    Nevermind. dumb dumb me didn't even think of right clicking on a folder in the list to remove and delete it. I figured it out... I guess I just need sleep or more coffee.

  15. Dar

    OK, after I use a folder and decide to delete it completely, how do I remove the folder from the cryptkeeper list? If I completely erase the folder, I should have no record of ever having it.

  16. Karl

    Thanks for the guide. It worked perfectly in Ubuntu 9.10.

  17. Mahesh Mohan M.U

    the command is wrong:- sudo apt-get install cyptkeeper

    it should be "cryptkeepr"

    • Linerd

      Mahesh - I don't know where you're getting your information, but the package name is indeed "cryptkeeper". http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=cryptkeeper&searchon=all&suite=karmic&section=all

      • Zany

        He is referring to the typo in your command.
        sudo apt-get install cyptkeeper -> sudo apt-get install cryptkeeper

        Unfortunately, he has a typo in his comment too which makes it very confusing.

        • Linerd

          Thanks for pointing that out. My eyes moved right over that typo in the blog post. I've made the correction. Thanks to Mahesh as well for trying to straighten me out. 😉

  18. Mark

    @ Linerd: you are exactly correct in your instructions to Veronica. To verify, I just created an encrypted folder, just as you describe above. I put a bunch of files in - checked to make sure I could use them - a-ok. I closed the drive (unchecked the check box), and couldn't access the encrypted stuff. Perfect. I opened/mounted the drive (clicked the checkbox), copied a file out, and re-closed. Then I opened the file I copied out - no issues.


  19. Linerd

    @ Veronica - You should be able to start up Cyptkeeper to access your files and move them to a non-encrypted folder. The size of the encrypted folder should shrink as you move the files out (I haven't tried this, but it seems like it should work).

    Good luck!

  20. Veronica

    thanks for the how to
    after all is done and I have an encrypted folder with my files

    my question is:
    how can I remove this data and not be encrypted anymore ?

    1-encrypted folder is 200GB
    2-free space is 10GB



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