Encrypted storage container with LUKS

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Create an encrypted container for storage with LUKS

Change the names and paths to reflect your environment and needs

1) Make sure cryptsetup is installed: sudo apt update && apt install cryptsetup -y

2) Create an empty file for the container: sudo dd if=/dev/zero bs=1M of=/path/to/lukscontainer count=10240 (I prefer using a flat file, instead of a device, for portability)

3) Create the LUKS volume within the flat file: sudo cryptsetup luksOpen /path/to/lukscontainer container_crypt

4) Create a filesystem within the LUKS volume: sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/mapper/container_crypt

5) Create a mountpoint for the container: sudo mkdir -p /storage/container/

6) Mount the container in your newly created mountpoint: sudo mount /dev/mapper/container_crypt /storage/container/

To easily unmount and mount the container in the future, create 2 simple scripts:


#!/bin/sh /usr/bin/umount /dev/mapper/container_crypt /sbin/cryptsetup luksClose /dev/mapper/container_crypt


#!/bin/sh /sbin/cryptsetup luksOpen /path/to/lukscontainer container_crypt /usr/bin/mount /dev/mapper/container_crypt /storage/container/

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Make the scrips executable with chmod +x luks*Container.sh and run them with ./

Make sure to upgrade your KDF to argon2id (default for latest version at the time of writing): https://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/66429.html