VeraCrypt is the successor to TrueCrypt. It offers many of the same features and is fully backward compatible. VeraCrypt is fully cross platform and offers a convenient installer that you can use to get started on Debian 10.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to Download the VeraCrypt Installer
  • How to Unpack the Installers
  • How to Run the GUI Installer
  • How to Open VeraCrypt on Debian 10
VeraCrypt Drives on Debian 10
VeraCrypt Drives on Debian 10.

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Debian 10 Buster
Software VeraCrypt
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Download the VeraCrypt Installer

VeraCrypt Download Page
VeraCrypt Download Page.

You can probably find a VeraCrypt package floating around online, but he only official way to install it on Debian 10 is via the install script provided by VeraCrypt's developers. Head over to the VeraCrypt download page. Locate the latest Linux tarball, and download it. When prompted, download the tarball, instead of opening it with your archive manager.


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Unpack the Installers

Unpack the VeraCrypt Installer on Debian 10
Unpack the VeraCrypt Installer on Debian 10.

There's no folder in the VeraCrypt installer archive. That's why it's easier to handle unpacking it from the command line. Change directories into your ~/Downloads, and create a new directory for the installers.

$ cd ~/Downloads
$ mkdir veracrypt-installer

Now, change directories into your new installer folder, and unpack the archive.

$ cd veracrypt-installer
$ tar xjpf ../veracrypt-*.tar.bz2

Once you've finished unpacking them, make the install scripts executable.

$ chmod -R +x .

Run the GUI Installer

You'll notice there are four installers in the folder. The one you'll probably want is the 64bit GUI one. The "GUI" part refers more to it being the graphical version of VeraCrypt being installed, rather than the installer itself.

To kick it off, run the installer from the terminal.

$ ./veracrypt-1.23-setup-gui-x64


Select VeraCrypt Install Type on Debian 10
Select VeraCrypt Install Type on Debian 10.

The installer will start by asking if you want to install VeraCrypt or unpack the tarball containing in into /tmp. Select the install option.

Accept the VeraCrypt License on Debian 10
Accept the VeraCrypt License on Debian 10.

Next, you'll be asked to read and accept the VeraCrypt license.

Start the VeraCrypt Install on Debian 10
Start the VeraCrypt Install on Debian 10.

Finally, the installer will ask you to enter your password for sudo to begin the install. Once you enter your password, it'll only be a second or two before the install is complete.



Open VeraCrypt on Debian 10

VeraCrypt on Debian 10
VeraCrypt on Debian 10.

After the install, you can open VeraCrypt through your desktop. It's usually located under the Accessories section of your desktop's menu.

Conclusion

You're going to need to keep an eye out for updates for VeraCrypt yourself. The installation didn't set up a repository or anything, so you'll need to manually install updates yourself.

VeraCrypt can encrypt both physical drives and partitions as well as virtual drives in directories, making it a versatile and secure tool.

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