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The answer to this question used to be FreeOTFE (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FreeOTFE); sadly, the project has not been updated for three years and its website (http://www.freeotfe.org) is no longer online.

Is there any software available now that can be used to access LUKS/dm-crypt volumes from Windows, now that FreeOTFE is no longer maintained/available?

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    Could you use a VM with Linux installed and mount the entire parition in the VM? I know it's not strictly accessing it directly in Windows, but would allow you to access it on an existing computer with Windows installed, to recover the files and put them in a more windows friendly format like TruCrypt. – Kibbee Aug 1 '13 at 14:12
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    Yes, it works well. This is the way to go for me. No cluttering Windows with buggy and unstable third-party drivers. Just set up a Linux VM, mount the encrypted volume on a Samba share, then access the contents from the Windows host system. – Martin Hansen Jun 30 '15 at 11:04
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LibreCrypt (formerly DoxBox, itself formerly FreeOTFE) offers LUKS-compatible disk encryption for Windows. It will also open legacy FreeOTFE volumes.

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FreeOTFE from 2010, although abandonware, is still available for download from here.

However, while as far as I know it is the only solution of its kind, there were still reports of problems and bugs with this product. Therefore @Kibbee's comment of using in Windows a Linux virtual machine might be the safest way to go.

I don't know of any successors to FreeOTFE.

I remark that Truecrypt is an excellent alternative to LUKS/dm-crypt, available on both Linux and Windows and still under development.

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