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