I'm trying to install Ubuntu and have my home folder encrypted.

When running the installer, there is a checkbox to encrypt the Ubuntu installation. However this option is only available if I choose the option "Erase disk and install Ubuntu" (which I don't want to do)

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Instead I choose "Something else" in order to manage the partitions as I like. I create a swap partition, a root partition and a home partition.

But here I don't see any option to encrypt my home partition, and if I click "Install Now" the installation begins.

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How can I encrypt my home partition without erasing the full disk? Or do I have to encrypt AFTER the installation is done?


  • You are confusing encryption of full partitions (using LUKS, if I remember correctly) and encryption of the home folder using ecryptfs.
    – fkraiem
    Oct 19, 2016 at 8:33

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After clicking "Install now" I just realized that after couple of screens there is the option of encrypting the home folder when installation asks for admin username and password.

This may solve my own question.

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