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CipherShed on Mac OS
CipherShed on Mac OS
Developer(s)Project Management Committee (PMC)
Initial releaseTBD
Preview release[1][2] / 27 December 2015; 4 years ago (2015-12-27)
Written inC, C++, Assembly
    Operating system
    Size3.30 MB
    Available in30 languages
    TypeDisk encryption software
    LicenseTrueCrypt License v 3.0[7] (source-available freeware)

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    CipherShed is under development as a planned source-available disk encryption program for on-the-fly encryption. CipherShed is based on the discontinued source-available program TrueCrypt.


    CipherShed was started in June 2014 as a response to the end of life announcement for TrueCrypt. As of October 2014 CipherShed source code is hosted at GitHub.[8]

    The change of name from TrueCrypt to CipherShed, and substantial rewriting, is due to concerns about a clause in the TrueCrypt license agreement that limits use of the name TrueCrypt.[9]

    The first official release of CipherShed was dated February 1, 2016.[10] CipherShed is still a work in progress; it remains under development at this time.


    According to the CipherShed website, the CipherShed Project is an unincorporated nonprofit organization that is managed by an elected Project Management Committee (PMC), among others.

    The managing team according to CipherShed's website is Bill Cox, Alain Forget, Chris Horrocks, Niklas Lemcke and Jason Pyeron, who are described as "a team with a passion for cryptography, information security, and the Internet as a whole".[11]

    CipherShed 1.0 will be a complete rewrite of the source code and will be released under an OSI-approved license (probably either Apache or BSD).

    Current Status[edit]

    The current status of the project is unknown as there has been no releases post the first preview version of the software and the website has not been updated since Feb 2016. From the forums associated with CipherShed it looks like the project has been abandoned.[12]


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    2. "Release Version".
    3. "DragonFly On-Line Manual Pages". DragonFly BSD Project. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
    4. "Cryptonite". Google Play. Google. Retrieved 2014-05-24.
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    6. "LUKS manager". Google Play. Google. Retrieved 2014-06-18.
    7. "TrueCrypt License Version 3.0". TrueCrypt Foundation. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2014-12-24.
    8. Menn, Joseph (29 May 2014). "Security enthusiasts may revive TrueCrypt encryption tool after mystery shutdown". Reuters.
    9. "CipherShed: A replacement for TrueCrypt". Help Net Security. 22 September 2014.
    10. released! by Kyle Marek (2016-02-01)
    11. "About CipherShed". CipherShed.
    12. "Status of Ciphershed". Ciphershed.org Forums.

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