I know how to mount an ext3 filesystem in OS X with MacFUSE and fuse-ext2. But how can I mount an encrypted ext3 volume?

I have Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" running.


Unfortunately there is currently no way to mount unencrypted LVM volumes in OS X, much less LUKS-encrypted volumes.

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    This was posted in April 2010. Have any new solutions appeared in the last 4 years? – SabreWolfy Feb 5 '14 at 9:04

One really slow and "stupid" way to do this is to install a tiny linux distro in a virtual machine, let that work as a interface against the disk by sharing a folder with the host(OS X). It is completely overkill, but it will work.

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    So it seems the trivial answer is that I cannot mount an encrypted volume in OS X but your solution is a good workaround for my problem, though. Thanks. – viam0Zah Apr 17 '10 at 20:09
  • It's really a compromise. LUKS is secure because it runs in the kernel space. But when doing encryption in a virtual machine, clear passphrase would be store in the user space of host machine. Some virtual machine software even maps vm memory into non-privileged user's process memory or files when suspending. – Sherwood Wang Sep 27 '15 at 6:34

You could try OSXCrypt which is "test-software" or something like that...

It might wreck your system since it's still underdevelopment. Not sure if you want that. I believe that it's supposed to let you access LUKS encrypted volumes under OSX. According to their website everything is a no-guarantee basis so if you have important or valuable files on the disk it's better off not trying it. Link here.

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    It supports TrueCrypt. They want to let the community handle LUKS support. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Apr 16 '10 at 5:27
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    Oh. I see. I was wrong then. Well... what now? delete the answer? – Vervious Apr 16 '10 at 5:42

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