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I'm using VeraCrypt, a fork of TrueCrypt. TrueCrypt had a mode called "Traveller Mode" on Windows, that allows for the encrypted volume/file to be accessed without requiring an installation of TrueCrypt itself.

Unfortunately this functionality is not in the Mac version (nor is it in VeraCrypt). I want to have a USB stick that will be accessible on both Mac and Windows (with the password), without anyone having to install anything first.

I have tried creating two volumes using FAT format - 1 that is encrypted and 1 smaller one that is not, then placing a copy of the installed VeraCrypt.app onto the unencrypted volume. Unfortunately that copy of the app crashes when launched on a computer without VeraCrypt installed.

Is there a way to create a portable, cross platform, encrypted USB stick with VeraCrypt or TrueCrypt on a Mac running OSX Mavericks and if so, what is it?

  • I remember I needed administrator/root permission whenever I run veracrypt or true crypt to decrypt containers. I don't think it will be possible though. – Thu Yein Tun Oct 16 '16 at 0:21
  • Yeah I'm admin/root so that's not an issue here. – Jonathan van Clute Oct 16 '16 at 0:22
  • Portable Mode? – Thu Yein Tun Oct 16 '16 at 0:27
  • Unfortunately, "Portable Mode" is not available in the Mac version, as stated in my question. – Jonathan van Clute Oct 16 '16 at 14:40
  • Just to clarify, when you ask Is there a way to create a portable, cross platform, encrypted USB stick with VeraCrypt or TrueCrypt on a Mac running OSX Mavericks, are you asking if there is a way to create your portable USB on the Mac, or are you asking if there is a way to create a portable USB that will also run on a Mac with OS X Mavericks? – Monomeeth Oct 21 '16 at 3:59
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Format the stick in FAT format, then create truecrypt image on it.

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