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crypttab - Configuration for encrypted block devices
The /etc/crypttab file describes encrypted block devices that are set up during system boot.
Empty lines and lines starting with the "#" character are ignored. Each of the remaining lines describes one encrypted block device, fields
on the line are delimited by white space. The first two fields are mandatory, the remaining two are optional.
Setting up encrypted block devices using this file supports three encryption modes: LUKS, TrueCrypt and plain. See cryptsetup(8) for more
information about each mode. When no mode is specified in the options field and the block device contains a LUKS signature, it is opened as
a LUKS device; otherwise, it is assumed to be in raw dm-crypt (plain mode) format.
The first field contains the name of the resulting encrypted block device; the device is set up within /dev/mapper/.
The second field contains a path to the underlying block device or file, or a specification of a block device via "UUID=" followed by the
The third field specifies the encryption password. If the field is not present or the password is set to "none" or "-", the password has to
be manually entered during system boot. Otherwise, the field is interpreted as a absolute path to a file containing the encryption
password. For swap encryption, /dev/urandom or the hardware device /dev/hw_random can be used as the password file; using /dev/random may
prevent boot completion if the system does not have enough entropy to generate a truly random encryption key.
The fourth field, if present, is a comma-delimited list of options. The following options are recognized:
Allow discard requests to be passed through the encrypted block device. This improves performance on SSD storage but has security
Specifies the cipher to use. See cryptsetup(8) for possible values and the default value of this option. A cipher with unpredictable IV
values, such as "aes-cbc-essiv:sha256", is recommended.
Specifies the hash to use for password hashing. See cryptsetup(8) for possible values and the default value of this option.
Specifies the number of bytes to skip at the start of the key file. See cryptsetup(8) for possible values and the default value of this
Specifies the maximum number of bytes to read from the key file. See cryptsetup(8) for possible values and the default value of this
option. This option is ignored in plain encryption mode, as the key file size is then given by the key size.
Force LUKS mode. When this mode is used, the following options are ignored since they are provided by the LUKS header on the device:
cipher=, hash=, size=.
This device will not be automatically unlocked on boot.
The system will not wait for the device to show up and be unlocked at boot, and not fail the boot if it does not show up.
Force plain encryption mode.
Set up the encrypted block device in read-only mode.
Specifies the key size in bits. See cryptsetup(8) for possible values and the default value of this option.
The encrypted block device will be used as a swap device, and will be formatted accordingly after setting up the encrypted block
device, with mkswap(8). This option implies plain.
WARNING: Using the swap option will destroy the contents of the named partition during every boot, so make sure the underlying block
device is specified correctly.
Use TrueCrypt encryption mode. When this mode is used, the following options are ignored since they are provided by the TrueCrypt
header on the device or do not apply: cipher=, hash=, keyfile-offset=, keyfile-size=, size=.
When this mode is used, the passphrase is read from the key file given in the third field. Only the first line of this file is read,
excluding the new line character.
Note that the TrueCrypt format uses both passphrase and key files to derive a password for the volume. Therefore, the passphrase and
all key files need to be provided. Use tcrypt-keyfile= to provide the absolute path to all key files. When using an empty passphrase in
combination with one or more key files, use "/dev/null" as the password file in the third field.
Use the hidden TrueCrypt volume. This implies tcrypt.
This will map the hidden volume that is inside of the volume provided in the second field. Please note that there is no protection for
the hidden volume if the outer volume is mounted instead. See cryptsetup(8) for more information on this limitation.
Specifies the absolute path to a key file to use for a TrueCrypt volume. This implies tcrypt and can be used more than once to provide
several key files.
See the entry for tcrypt on the behavior of the passphrase and key files when using TrueCrypt encryption mode.
Use TrueCrypt in system encryption mode. This implies tcrypt.
Please note that when using this mode, the whole device needs to be given in the second field instead of the partition. For example: if
"/dev/sda2" is the system encrypted TrueCrypt patition, "/dev/sda" has to be given.
Specifies the timeout for querying for a password. If no unit is specified, seconds is used. Supported units are s, ms, us, min, h, d.
A timeout of 0 waits indefinitely (which is the default).
The encrypted block device will be prepared for using it as /tmp; it will be formatted using mke2fs(8). This option implies plain.
WARNING: Using the tmp option will destroy the contents of the named partition during every boot, so make sure the underlying block
device is specified correctly.
Specifies the maximum number of times the user is queried for a password. The default is 3. If set to 0, the user is queried for a
If the encryption password is read from console, it has to be entered twice to prevent typos.
At early boot and when the system manager configuration is reloaded, this file is translated into native systemd units by systemd-
Example 1. /etc/crypttab example
Set up four encrypted block devices. One using LUKS for normal storage, another one for usage as a swap device and two TrueCrypt volumes.
swap /dev/sda7 /dev/urandom swap
truecrypt /dev/sda2 /etc/container_password tcrypt
hidden /mnt/tc_hidden /null tcrypt-hidden,tcrypt-keyfile=/etc/keyfile
systemd(1), systemd-cryptsetup@.service(8), systemd-cryptsetup-generator(8), cryptsetup(8), mkswap(8), mke2fs(8)
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