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I have a Windows 7 machine with Truecrypt. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 with the intention of converting to an Ubuntu only machine but I can't install Truecrypt on Ubuntu.

I have been looking through the forums and have followed all advice to the letter and still Truecrypt doesn't work; I have only a non-functional icon in "dash". Should I uninstall Ubuntu and start over (ie reinstall)? I love Ubuntu and greatly appreciate your efforts on this forum.

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How did you install? What have you tried? – Mitch Aug 12 '12 at 10:21
No need to Re-Install entire Ubuntu OS for Truecrypt , please provide info as in above asked by Mitch. – atenz Aug 12 '12 at 12:25
I downloaded Truecrypt for linux, 32 bit. Following various methods, I checked "open with archive manager" or "save file", then on Ubuntu 12.04 I tried "run in terminal" or "run". I am not new to Truecrypt and in all cases I followed all instructions. Nothing worked even though the advice was for other people and it worked for them. I shoul add that I uninstalled Truecrypt in windows and with each failed install in Ubuntu I uninstalled the download and started over with someone else's method (as described above). Again, thank you for your help. – Duanek Aug 12 '12 at 17:18

If you prefer to install from a ppa you can use this one for Ubuntu 12.04:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-astrapi/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install truecrypt

And to remove it:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:michael-astrapi/ppa

In the past others have used different PPA: link here

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No longer working for me :( – Karel Bílek Jun 1 at 12:26

I had similar issues on ubuntu 12.04 & installing truecrypt 7.1

however finally what worked was simply:

tar xzvf truecrypt*.gz  
  • this extracted the file truecrypt-7.1a-setup-x86 in the same directory.

Then I ran the command:


This will install everything perfectly.


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Thank you. I had run into problems with the other solutions (using a repository and apt-get), but this is the one solution that worked. Thank you. – Terry May 14 '14 at 21:08

I'll break it down, although I'm verbose, this is the simplest way.

Go to

Scroll down to Linux and select the Standard version that matches your bit depth (32-bit or 64-bit) and download it.

After the download completes, Double click on the downloaded file and it should automatically open with the Archive Manager.

At the top of the Archive Manager, click Extract and select a destination folder, I picked Downloads

Press the Start button on your keyboard (The button between the left Ctrl & Alt) and type the word Terminal and press the enter key.

Here you will type commands inside terminal: You'll need to Change Directory (CD) to where you extracted the truecrypt setup file, if you followed my example, it would be this (note your path is case sensitive):

cd Downloads

To start the install, highlight and copy one of these commands and paste it into the Terminal window. (to paste, right click and select paste).

For 64 bit:


For 32 bit:


You then shuold get a xmessage window with an option at the bottom to Install TrueCrypt, click it.

The next window will be an xmesssage License message, click I accept and agree to be bound by the license terms

The next window will tell you how to uninstall it, if you don't plan on uninstalling it, you can skip this information.

The last window will be titled TrueCrypt Setup and have the information where it installed and will finish with Press Enter to exit... I recommend you press enter.

You're done.

Press the Start button again and type TrueCrypt, (capitalization unimportant) and press enter to open

Tip: If you want it on your unit bar, simply use your mouse to drag the TrueCrypt icon to your unity bar.

Note: if you have an unconventional keyboard layout with no 'Start' you could open Terminal from the 'Dash Home' in the side-bar.

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Another PPA is available here.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stefansundin/truecrypt
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install truecrypt

This version also includes an application indicator menu in the Ubuntu title bar.

At the time of this answer's last edit, the version available is 7.1a.

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To install Truecrypt from

$ wget
$ tar xzvf truecrypt*.tar.gz
$ ./truecrypt-7.1a-setup-x86

Create truecrypt key:

$ truecrypt --create-keyfile /etc/tc.key \
--hash=Whirlpool \

Change permissions for truecrypt key

$ chown 600 /etc/tc.key
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in Kubuntu i found an implementation of truecrypt called tcplay

you should be able to find the same package in the equivalent package manager for your distro

enter image description here

furthermore, wine should be able to run the windows version of truecrypt... you can find plenty of info here on Ask Ubuntu concerning the what, how, and why of wine...

See my own question about wine here:

Is Wine what I think it is?

and another question about wine (which mine is considered a duplicate of)

What is Wine. Is it part of Ubuntu?

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TrueCrypt development ended 5/2014.

VeraCrypt is a forked replacement for TrueCrypt and can be found at CodePlex. There is also a PPA available which can be found there as well.

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