You can help Tails! The beta version for the VeraCrypt support in Tails is ready for testing. We are very excited.

What's new in the Beta?

We worked to integrate VeraCrypt support into the existing GNOME workflow for unlocking encrypted volumes. As a result, most of the features already provided for LUKS volumes are now also provided for VeraCrypt volumes. This includes unlocking volumes via the GNOME Disks application and integration into the places sidebar in GNOME Files. If your file containers have the ".hc" file extension, they will be recognized as VeraCrypt volumes and can be easily unlocked in GNOME Files.

Additionally, we created a small application, VeraCrypt Mounter, which makes it easier to unlock VeraCrypt volumes, especially file containers that do not have the ".hc" extension.

How to test the Beta?

Download and install the ISO image on a USB stick or DVD, start it and try to unlock your existing VeraCrypt volumes.

We are interested in your feedback on bugs and usability of this feature.

  • Are there any steps that are not clear?
  • Did you run into technical issues?

Please send feedback emails to

Get the Beta

VeraCrypt support in Tails beta ISO image

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Known issues

We've identified a list of known issues #14480 among which

  • Trying to unlock via the places sidebar using an incorrect password or keyfile results in a not very helpful error message #15663
  • Unlocking via the places sidebar doesn't provide any feedback #15664
  • No integration in the places sidebar of the file chooser dialog of some applications (including Tor Browser) #15667

We need your help and there are many ways to contribute to Tails (donating is only one of them). Come talk to us!