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I've been looking into encfs as a solution to encrypt my personal data. However I want to access this data both on Linux and Windows on different machines (synced through Dropbox). So far all Google searches have brought up pages which specify that there is no Windows client that reads encfs.

Can it be done?

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See also the more general question Is it possible to use FUSE with windows?. –  Gilles Aug 23 '10 at 21:28

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Since encfs is built on top of fuse, the obvious way would be to port it to a fuse driver for Windows. Apparently the two most likely possibilities are Dokan and Eldos Callback Filesystem, though neither currently advertises encfs support.

In the meantime, an alternative would be to run a tiny Linux file server inside a virtual machine or with Colinux.

An encrypted filesystem that is supported by both Windows and Linux is Truecrypt. Synchronization via Dropbox is likely to be a lot more expensive than with encfs, but it might still be doable if your files are small enough.

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Thanks. Those are some good pointers. –  snth Aug 24 '10 at 6:48
    
Bear in mind that when using Truecrypt with synchronization systems like Dropbox, you have to unmount the Truecrypt drive before synchronizing or your container can get corrupted. –  tylerl May 7 '12 at 21:44
    
I have for several years a large 8GB TrueCrypt container in my dropbox and never had any problems with it. The first sync takes a long time. But since Dropbox synchronizes only the changes to the file and not the entire file only the part that has changed will be synced from then on. While the container is mounted Dropbox wont sync him. Once the container is ejected he will be synchronized. –  fnkr Nov 17 '13 at 10:00

Try encfs4win. Its free and I have been using it for some time now

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You might take a look at http://boxcryptor.com/ which uses Dokan to implement a encfs compatible file system and integrates with Dropbox. It's still in early beta, but really worth a look.

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I just installed encfs4win on a Win7 box - and it works. Truecrypt worked for a while, then wouldn't open the file from one machine - while still opening it from another. Flaky. I like that encfs is open source and more likely to be around in 5-10 years (imo).

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There's also Safe. It's fully compatible with EncFS and works on Windows and Mac OS X.

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I have trouble getting that to work under Windows 8 though –  Antony Jun 22 at 2:15

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