2 Ways to Install VeraCrypt on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10

VeraCrypt is free, open-source disk encryption software that is forked from TrueCrypt, which became defunct since May 2014. VeraCrypt is available for Linux, Mac OS, Windows, DragonFly BSD and Android. In this tutorial we are going to learn how to install VeraCrypt on Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 16.10.

There’re many reasons to use a disk encryption software like VeraCrypt. For instance, if you use cloud storage (Google Drive, Dropbox, pCloud, etc.), you may want to encrypt your files before uploading them to ensure only you can see your files.

At the time of this writing, the latest stable version was VeraCrypt 1.19, released on October 17, 2016. First let’s see how to install it from PPA, which is the easier way. If you don’t trust a third-party PPA, then you can follow the second method to install VeraCrypt.

Installing VeraCrypt 1.19 on Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10 from PPA

Open up a terminal window and run the following commands to add VeraCrypt Ubuntu PPA, update package index and install the veracrypt package.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unit193/encryption

sudo apt update

sudo apt install veracrypt

Once installed, you can start it from Unity Dash or your preferred application launcher.

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How to Manually install VeraCrypt

Go to the official website to download VeraCrypt Linux installer. It’s a zipped tar file.

veracrypt tutorial

Alternatively, you can open up a terminal window and use the following command to download VeraCrypt installer.

wget https://launchpadlibrarian.net/289850375/veracrypt-1.19-setup.tar.bz2

Once downloaded, open up a terminal and navigate to the directory where the installer is stored and run the command below to extract the zipped tar file.

mkdir veracrypt

tar xjvf veracrypt-1.19-setup.tar.bz2 -C veracrypt

Then cd into the veracrypt directory.

cd veracrypt

There will be 4 files for 64 bits and 32 bits computers. GUI is for graphical installation and console is for command line installation. Run the graphical installer.

64 bits graphical installer. The dot and forward slash (./) means we’re using the current working directory.

./veracrypt-1.19-setup-gui-x64

32 bits graphical installer.

./veracrypt-1.19-setup-gui-x86

Select Install VeraCrypt

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Then accept license terms.

veracrypt ppa

Next, click OK.

veracrypt debian package

Then enter your sudo password in the XTerm window.

veracrypt linux command line

After installation is finished, press Enter to exit XTerm. You can start the program from application launcher

veracrypt ubuntu

or use the command below.

veracrypt

To check your VeraCrypt version, run

veracrypt --version

To remove VeraCrypt, run the uninstall script with sudo privilege.

sudo veracrypt-uninstall.sh

That’s it!

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