Sunday, 12 January 2014

Truecrypt Linux Mint Install

I use Truecrypt on my Windows XP and wanted to put it on my Linux Mint installation too. Luckily, it is pretty easy to do as they have a version for Linux.

Go to the web site and download the Linux version, the standard version (I used 32-bit). The filename is a strange one for Windows users: "truecrypt-7.1a-linux-x86.tar.gz"

If you use the built-in archiving app in Linux Mint (Archive Manager) it won't recognize it. Look at my next post to find out how to extract the contents.


Once you've done that, you'll have a file called "truecrypt-7.1a-setup-x86". Just double click it and the install will start. You get a choice to install it normally or to a temp folder. I chose the normal, the regular installation.

To run Truecrypt, you can either use the console (Terminal Emulator) and run /usr/bin/Truecrypt (think of /usr/bin as similar to C:\program files) or you can go to the Start Button menu and Truecrypt can be found in Accessories.

It is pretty darned similar to the Windows version. Instead of drive letters, you get mount points. If you mount a container, you can get to it via the "media" folder.

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