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*gnome-encfs* integrates [EncFS] folders into the GNOME desktop by storing
their passwords in the [keyring] and optionally mounting them at login using
GNOME's autostart mechanism.
*gnome-encfs* allows you to use strong passwords for EncFS folders while still
mounting them painlessly (i.e. no password prompt).
This is an advantage over automount solutions like *pam-encfs* and *pam-mount*
which require to use the same password for EncFS folders as for your local user
account. This is bad because local account passwords usually are weaker than
those one should use for encrypting online stored data, e.g. in a [Dropbox].
Download the [package] *or* checkout the source:
$ hg clone http://bitbucket.org/obensonne/gnome-encfs
$ cd /path/to/gnome-encfs
$ install gnome-encfs /usr/local/bin
**Note:** You can run *gnome-encfs* right from the extracted package but to make
use of the automount feature at GNOME login, it must be placed somewhere in
*PATH* (as configured during a login to GNOME). Using the install command above
ensures this requirement is fulfilled.
### Add an EncFS folder
Suppose you have an EncFS folder at `~/.Private.encrypted` which should get
mounted to `~/Private`. Make it known to *gnome-encfs*:
$ gnome-encfs -a ~/.Private.encrypted ~/Private
EncFS password: <enter encfs password>
Mount at login [Y/n]: <say 'y' or 'n'>
This adds the EncFS path, its mount location and password to the GNOME keyring
and sets up a GNOME autostart entry to mount it at GNOME login (if enabled).
### Mount an EncFS folder
If you said *y* above to the login mount question, the EncFS folder
gets mounted automatically at GNOME login. If you prefer to mount on demand,
you do that with
$ gnome-encfs -m ~/Private
which looks up the password in the keyring and does the mounting without
the need to enter the password manually.
Unmount as usual, using *fusermount*:
$ fusermount -u ~/Private
### Other tasks
You can also show, edit and remove EncFS folders handled by *gnome-enfs*:
$ gnome-encfs -h
Usage: gnome-encfs --list
gnome-encfs --mount [ENCFS-PATH-or-MOUNT-POINT]
gnome-encfs --add ENCFS-PATH MOUNT-POINT
gnome-encfs --edit MOUNT-POINT
gnome-encfs --remove MOUNT-POINT
Painlessly mount and manage EncFS folders using GNOME's keyring.
--version show program's version number and exit
-h, --help show this help message and exit
-l, --list list all EncFS items stored in keyring
-m, --mount mount all or selected EncFS paths stored in keyring
-a, --add add a new EncFS item to keyring
-e, --edit edit an EncFS item in keyring
-r, --remove remove an EncFS item from keyring
Usage should be straight forward - otherwise [submit an issue].
*gnome-encfs* is licensed as [GPL].