Installing TrueCrypt 5.1a & 6.1a On Ubuntu 8.04, 8.10 or 9.04

TrueCrypt was finally made available for Linux with the release of version 5.1a. Here’s how to install it.

**Update**
I have been made aware by Onopoc in the comments section that this same tutorial will work with TrueCrypt 6.1a as well. Simply change the name of the file in the respective spots where the exact file name is used

Installing TrueCrypt

  1. Open a terminal window and type: ‘wget http://www.truecrypt.org/downloads/truecrypt-5.1a-ubuntu-x86.tar.gz’
    TrueCrypt on Ubuntu
  2. Once that is done, type: ‘tar zxvf truecrypt-5.1a-ubuntu-x86.tar.gz’
    TrueCrypt on Ubuntu
  3. Now go to ‘Places‘ –> ‘Home Folder‘ and look for a file called
    truecrypt-5.1a-setup-ubuntu-x86‘ and double click on it
    Opening TrueCrypt
  4. You should get a dialog box asking you what you want to do with it. Choose ‘Run in Terminal
    Run TrueCrypt in the Terminal
  5. You should now see another dialog box with the option to ‘Install TrueCrypt‘ at the bottom. Choose this.
    Install TrueCrypt
  6. You will now have to accept the TrupeCrypt agreement, so choose the appropriate button
    Accept TrueCrypt EULA
  7. You should now see the package installer. Click the ‘Install Package‘ button in the upper right
    Install TrueCrypt
  8. Wait for the package to install. It may hang for a bit, but just let it run. You will soon be presented with a new dialog box saying the installation was successful
    Installation Successful

Running TrueCrypt

There are a couple of fairly easly ways to run TrueCrypt now that we have it installed.

The first way is to press ‘Alt + F2‘ and enter ‘truecrypt‘ in the text area. Then press ‘Run‘.
Launching TrueCrypt

The better way to do it is to create a launcher for it to make it easier for us in the future. Here’s how.

  1. Right click on the desktop and choose ‘Create Launcher
    Create Launcher
  2. In the box that comes up, type ‘TrueCrypt‘ in the Name field and
    truecrypt‘ in the Command field.
    Enter Name and Command
  3. You should now see an icon similar to this on your desktop
    Launcher Icon

That’s it. All you have to do to run TrueCrypt now is to double click your newly created launcher!
TrueCrypt Running

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  • http://geniusinwonderland.blogspot.com JT

    Is TrueCrypt a truly crypted way to say that my favourite horror film is Children of the Corn? Or is this a blanket program????

  • http://randyjensenonline.com randyjensen

    Wow. That was amazing. Especially trying to understand it at 6 in the morning…

    Also, I just subscribed to your feed. I can’t wait to read the hilariosity that is sure to ensue.

  • http://geniusinwonderland.blogspot.com JT

    hilarity is overrated.

  • Sheesh Kabob

    But doesn’t creating a launcher potentially tip off “the man” that you are using the program, basically inviting him to beat the password out of you? I mean, hypothetically, and not that you’d have anything to hide anyway…

  • http://randyjensenonline.com randyjensen

    Hey Sheesh,

    Very good point :) This article was more for the n00bs of the audience, hence the easy launcher.

  • Zak Jones!

    Perfect walkthrough. Couldn’t be any simpler, and the install ran wonderfully.

    Thanks!

  • http://randyjensenonline.com randyjensen

    Hey Zak, glad you found it useful :)

  • Onopoc

    Thanks Randy. It worked with Ubuntu 8.04.1 and TrueCrypt version 6.1a

  • http://randyjensenonline.com randyjensen

    Glad it worked for you Onopoc. I guess I need to update it for 8.10 and TC 6.1a. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Bill Strauch

    Thanks Randy. It worked with Ubuntu 8.04.1 and TrueCrypt version 6.1a for me also. This is awesome.

  • http://randyjensenonline.com randyjensen

    Hey Bill,

    Glad it worked for you!

  • jlamps

    thanks

  • jlamps

    thanks for guiding, it works with ubuntu 9.04 as well.

  • jlamps

    thanks

  • jlamps

    thanks for guiding, it works with ubuntu 9.04 as well.

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  • Studbriggs

    solved install problem linux mint 11 – thanks