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VeraCrypt version 1.17

Rating:        Based on 18 ratings
Reviewed:  13 reviews
Downloads: 519937
Change Set: e23b0bd56de9
Released: Feb 13, 2016
Updated: Jan 8, 2017 by idrassi
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes

Changes between 1.16 and 1.17 (13 February 2016) :

  • All OSs:
    • Support UNICODE passwords: all characters are now accepted in passwords (except Windows system encryption)
    • Cut mount/boot time by half thanks to a clever optimization of key derivation (found by Xavier de Carné de Carnavalet)
    • Optimize Whirlpool code by using assembly (25% speed gain compared to previous code).
    • Add support for creating exFAT volumes.
    • Add GUI indicator for the amount of randomness gathered using mouse movement.
    • Include new icons and graphics contributed by Andreas Becker (
  • Windows:
    • Fix dll hijacking issue affecting installer that allows code execution with elevation of privilege (CVE-2016-1281). Reported by Stefan Kanthak (
    • Sign binaries using both SHA-1 and SHA-256 to follow new Microsoft recommendations.
    • Solve issues under Comodo/Kaspersky when running an application from a VeraCrypt volume (Reported and fixed by Robert Geisler)
    • Bootloader: Protect password/PIM length by filling the fields to maximum length with '*' after ENTER
    • Solve issue with system favorites not being able to be mounted to drive A:
    • Solve lost focus issues for after displaying the waiting dialog
    • Solve rare issue where some partitions where associated with wrong disk the "Select Device" dialog.
    • Implement PIM caching, for both system encryption and normal volumes. Add options to activate it.
    • Don't try mounting using cached passwords if password and/or keyfile are specified in the command line.
    • Internal rewrite to make VeraCrypt native UNICODE application.
    • Workaround to avoid false positive detection by some anti-virus software.
    • Hide disconnected network drives in the list of available drives. Add option to make them available for mounting.
    • Solve issue that caused in some cases configuration and history XML files to be updated even when not needed.
    • Fix leak of path of selected keyfiles in RAM.
    • Fix TB unit can't be deselected in VeraCryptExpander.
    • Add Alt+i keyboard shortcut for "Use PIM" checkbox.
    • Minor GUI and translations fixes.
  • Linux/MacOSX:
    • Fix issue of --stdin option not handling correctly passwords that contain a space character (reported and fixed by Codeplex user horsley1953).
    • Fix issue creating volumes using command line with a filesystem other than FAT.
    • Support K/M/G/T suffixes for --size switch to indicate unit to use for size value.

Reviews for this release

Pros: This release is as awesome as all the previous releases! I didn't expect another release for quite a while yet because in my opinion VeraCrypt had reached kind of a plateau where there just simply was not much that could be improved any further. This will embarrass him because he's a modest fellow, but Mounir Idrassi is the Turing/Schneier/Diffie/Hellman/Wagner/et al of our time. Yes, the names are of different disciplines but his name will be in the history books just as well. Thank you for your hard work! Cons: None. Notes: To all the people complaining about boot and mount times, it's a matter of being spoiled. For example, "My computer used to boot in 20 seconds, now it takes almost 60 whole seconds!" is kind of a ridiculous statement when you think about it. However, if you booted in 30 seconds before VeraCrypt and now it's taking 10 minutes, something is clearly wrong. All you have to do is message Mounir and he will have you up and running correctly, whether the problem was caused by VeraCrypt directly or not. That's just the type of guy he is. He'll help you figure out that the new SSD you just installed incorrectly is the problem, not VeraCrypt. .
by Thinking_Monkey on Mar 11, 2016 at 3:42 PM
Experts on board! When TrueCrypt went away I was afraid tat no-one will pick it up. Now with VeraCrypt and the constant and open, transparent improvements I think it has become even way better and more secure. Thank you, VeraCrypt team!
by MortenMacFly on Mar 1, 2016 at 5:57 PM
Overall, very impressed with VeraCrypt. I was quite disappointed when the original truecypt website went *poof* with some malarky about using Windows Bitlocker instead of Truecrypt. Waited for a quite a long time and looked at a lot of other programs that cost money and just didn't work. VeraCrypt is like TrueCrypt reborn, and it's better. Yes, the drives take a lot longer to mount than in Truecrypt, but it's worth the improved security imho. v1.16 was unstable on my system, but 1.17 works like a champ, osx 10.11x. It also has large hard drive support for Mac (which TrueCrypt did not) and that's a big deal. Also, it mounts Trucrypt volumes in "truecrypt" mode so you can't go wrong. Great job. Thank you Idrix!
by lsc9x on Feb 28, 2016 at 3:29 AM
For me on windows it is working perfectly.
by maligogi on Feb 16, 2016 at 6:57 AM
Pros: + intensive, open development of a TrueCrypt successor. Thanks, IDRIX! + user security obviously a top priority. Cons: - Focus on security comes at HUGE, arbitrary cost to user convenience, including: - boot PBKDF delay is entirely unacceptable, still requiring 50 seconds on my laptop as of v1.17. - too many hash choices lengthen auto-detect delay. - PIM system caters to hash geeks and those that complain about the above delays, but it should not be used for the latter as the real fix is to reduce the default PBKDF iteration counts. - Boot loader sometimes won't let me in, requiring a power cycle to "reset" it or something. TrueCrypt *never* did this to me and I used it for at least 5 years. This is scary! Summary: TrueCrypt's PBKDF was truly weak and deserved improvement, but VeraCrypt has taken things to a severe other extreme. No data system should cause more than 5 seconds of delay for more users in its default mode. Laptops will boot to Windows in <10sec., yet VC requires 50-70sec.? That's fine as an optional feature for paranoid users, but it's unacceptable as a default feature for all users, many of which may be less technical to begin with.
by bradrossfeld on Feb 28, 2016 at 2:38 AM
Nice software thx a lot for this. Of Course donation was send :D
by damiano114 on Aug 11, 2016 at 6:33 AM
That's very Awesome :D
by AlienWarsCeph on Aug 6, 2016 at 1:03 AM
I got a new laptop, it shipped with Win10 Home as most of them do, this does not include a essential security feature (Disk Encryption) - this worried me as Windows is riddled with exploits & other security flaws. To get BitLocker they wanted an extra 100 EURO to go pro, so i just went with the home version and installed VeraCrypt & then donated the 100 EUR to them. The performance difference is so small (like 1 second on the read/write I/O), Vera is open source and the NSA, CIA & FBI have no back doors into it. I highly recommend it. Incredible software.
by ksdc on Jul 21, 2016 at 1:43 AM
Best free encryption software.
by CanaryRoaming on Jun 23, 2016 at 8:12 AM
Does the job perfectly!
by rvboutin on Jun 21, 2016 at 2:47 PM
Some time ago I had two simple questions about the features that I posted on codeplex and sourceforge and I never even received the courtesy of a reply. Lately my hard drive crashed and probably because of VeraCrypt and its taking an extremely long time to decrypt the drive so that I can troubleshoot and use a repair tool to try and retrieve data on the drive. Again I submitted a simple question in the technical issues sections on codeplex and sourceforge and once again I have not even received the courtesy of a simple reply! Therefore I have come to the conclusion that I will never use VeraCrypt again, and I cant recommend that anybody does or that anybody donate to the project. At least with TrueCrypt you would get an answer to your question on the forum. Giving VeraCrypt 1 star was too much! Garbage product simply because questions in the forums go unanswered!
by Prez37 on Jun 11, 2016 at 2:48 PM
it was helpful to crypt THE PANAMA PAPERS! best thing ever!
by donjuansha5 on Apr 8, 2016 at 11:47 AM
Wanted data at rest encryption for my laptop and tablet, and that's exactly what I got. The only downside is the boot delay. It takes about 1 minute to start booting to windows. I'm playing with the PIM to try to shorten the boot time but the default isn't so bad.
by jwlynch3 on Feb 19, 2016 at 8:33 PM