I have a number of encrypted volumes on external media encrypted either with TrueCrypt or VeraCrypt. What is the recommended way to install and use VeraCrypt under Ubuntu?

There is user Unit 193 who prepares ready builds of VeraCrypt on Launchpad. You can easily install it by adding his repo to Ubuntu sources:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unit193/encryption
sudo apt update
sudo apt install veracrypt

You should be aware that this repo is not related to the software developer and because of it you can't be 100% sure what you install or update in future. However Unit 193 is Xubuntu developer and he is well known in open source community. This is enough for me to sleep well.

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    Sorry for not accepting your valuable answer, but I've chosen another path and did not test whether this repo actually works. Anyway thanks for knowledgable contribution. – Pawel Debski Aug 5 '17 at 11:56
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    I'm going to comment on this because it still applies to current versions. I think it's important to keep in mind that using a repository not related to the project in a security package as this, might not be the best idea. You should check thoroughly who is the owner before adding any repository, but this is specially important if the package will be handling confidential information. – Leo Aug 5 at 19:51
  • @Leo I added proper notice for all ppl installing from this repo. – s3m3n Aug 6 at 8:18
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I chose to download veracrypt-1.21-setup.tar.bz2, uncompress it and install manually:

  • Download the latest release (from link above):

    wget https://launchpad.net/veracrypt/trunk/1.23/+download/veracrypt-1.23-setup.tar.bz2
    
  • Unpack it:

    $ tar xvf veracrypt-1.23-setup.tar.bz2 
    veracrypt-1.23-setup-console-x64  
    veracrypt-1.23-setup-console-x86
    veracrypt-1.23-setup-gui-x64
    veracrypt-1.23-setup-gui-x86
    
  • Run your installer of choice:

    ./veracrypt-1.23-setup-gui-x64`
    
  • Done! Run veracrypt with

    vercrypt
    

I chose not to follow s3m3n's suggestion because I would prefer not to have encryption automatically updated so as not to lose access to encrypted containers in case of some incompatibility between versions.

VeraCrypt is mature and stable, and occasional manual updates can easily be handled.

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    «I would not like to have encryption automatically updated not to loose access to encrypted containers in case some incompatibility between versions.» One downside is that one needs to regularly check if there is an update that fixes security flaws – tuxayo Aug 11 '17 at 23:15

If you don't trust the PPA or prefer to install it yourself, you can follow this:

Read https://www.veracrypt.fr/en/Digital%20Signatures.html & download the tar.bz2 files.

Download the key with ID shown in the above webpage: 54DDD393

gpg --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 54DDD393

Verify the fingerprint matches the given fingerprint from the website 993B7D7E8E413809828F0F29EB559C7C54DDD393:

gpg --fingerprint 54DDD393

Verify files (replace ## with the version of your installation):

gpg --verify veracrypt-1.##-sha256sum.txt.sig veracrypt-1.##-sha256sum.txt
gpg --verify veracrypt-1.##-setup.tar.bz2.sig veracrypt-1.##-setup.tar.bz2

Install files:

tar xvjf veracrypt-1.##-setup.tar.bz2
./veracrypt-1.##-setup-gui-x64

Done. You should have a GUI app in your desktop.

Note that if you don't have a trust chain to the PGP key, you only trust the key because the website says it's theirs, and so you trust the website hasn't been hacked, or the key compromised another way.

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