Update: This article is kind of obsolete because I now officially provide Debian 7.0 packages here. You still have to add yourself to the "fuse"-group to be able to use encfs though.
If you want to use the Gnome Encfs Manager on Linux Mint Debian Edition (LMDE), you can either build it from source or install it from the Ubuntu PPA. Update: The package works with plain Debian Wheezy as well.

Build and install from source

Download the latest version from the project's Launchpad page and run the following two lines in the source directory:

sudo apt-get install debhelper libtool automake1.11 valac libappindicator3-dev libgtk-3-dev libglib2.0-dev libgnome-keyring-dev libgee-dev intltool libsm-dev encfs fuse
./autogen.sh && ./configure --prefix=/usr && make && sudo make install

Using the Ubuntu PPA

Add the following line to your /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gencfsm/ppa/ubuntu precise main

Then install it with

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-encfs-manager


To be able to use Encfs on LMDE, you have to add yourself to the "fuse"-group and then do a logout/login cycle to apply the group changes:

sudo usermod -a -G fuse $USER

That's it. Now you can fire up the Gnome Encfs Manager and start encrypting all of your folders and devices :-)

3 Responses to “Using the Gnome Encfs Manager on Linux Mint Debian Edition”

  1. Gašper
    April 11th, 2013 at 14:20

    I have question regarding write speed.
    Do you know the reasons why encfs is much slower than ecryptfs or TrueCrypt? When I copy files to ecryptfs folder or TrueCrypt is a little bit slower (40MB/s) than if I would write it directly to disk, but when using encfs it’s much slower (10MB/s). Does encfs not use CPU AES support? There are also others having similar results: https://lists.fedorahosted.org/pipermail/cloudfs-devel/2011-June/000093.html

  2. rez
    May 17th, 2013 at 11:36

    I was hoping to find an alternative to Cryptkeeper with the ability to automount an encrypted folder at startup. I’m so glad some kind soul pointed me to Gnome Encfs Manager :)
    Thanks and keep up the good work!

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