How To Create Secure Encrypted Folders In Ubuntu & Debian With Cryptkeeper

Cryptkeeper is a system tray applet for Linux which allows creating encrypted and password protected folders for securely saving your files. These folders are hidden by default, but you can unhide  and access them anytime from the appropriate password. Cryptkeeper can also be used to import ENCFS files encrypted files. See the simple steps explained below to understand how to install and use this software.

Select New encrypted folder from the system tray. This will open a new dialog window where you will require entering a name for the folder that is to be created.

You can optionally change the default location for saving the new folder. The default location in Ubuntu is the home directory for all created folders. Click Forward to continue.

Enter Name

Then select a password for the folder. This password will be required each time you wish to access the folder.


The created folder is hidden by default, you will require launching Cryptkeeper, selecting the folder name from the drop down menu and entering your password to unhide and access it.

system tray

This will unhide and display the encrypted folder(s) on the desktop in as a hard disk icon. To hide the folder again, just click on its name from the system tray. A folder can be deleted by right clicking on its name from the system tray and selecting Delete.


You can install CryptKeeper by entering the following Terminal command or from the download link below.

sudo apt-get install cryptkeeper

Download CryptKeeper

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