FUSE driver to read/write Windows' BitLocker-ed volumes under Linux / Mac OSX
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Introduction and explanations

This software has been designed to read BitLocker encrypted partitions under a Linux system. The driver has the capability to read/write on:

  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 encrypted partitions - that's AES-CBC, AES-XTS, 128 or 256 bits, with or without the Elephant diffuser, encrypted partitions;
  • BitLocker-To-Go encrypted partitions - that's USB/FAT32 partitions.

The core driver is composed of a library, with multiple binaries (see the NOTES section below) using this library. Two binaries are of interest when wanting to decrypt a BitLocker encrypted partition:

  1. dislocker-fuse: binary using FUSE to dynamically decrypt the BitLocker-ed partition. You have to give it a mount point where, once keys are decrypted, a file named dislocker-file appears. This file is a virtual NTFS partition, so you can mount it as any NTFS partition and then read from or write to it. Note that writing to the NTFS virtual file will change the underlying BitLocker partition's content.

  2. dislocker-file: binary decrypting a BitLocker encrypted partition into a flat file. This file has to be given through command line and, once dislocker-file is finished, will be an NTFS partition. It won't have any link to the original BitLocker partition. Therefore, if you write to this file, the BitLocker volume won't change, only the NTFS file will. Note that this may take a long time to create that file, depending on the size of the encrypted partition. But afterward, once the partition is decrypted, the access to the NTFS partition will be faster. Another thing to think about is the size on your disk this binary needs: the same size as the volume you're trying to decrypt. Nevertheless, once the partition is decrypted, you can mount your file as any NTFS partition.

Thanks goes to Rogier Wolff for testing, hugsy for all the OSX support and patches, Will Dyson for the patches, and all the people who give feedbacks.

Installation and requirements

See INSTALL.md for things dealing with the install process. Once installed, see dislocker(1) for details on how to use it.


There may be bugs, and I'll be happy to hear about it!

Feel free to send comments and feedbacks to dislocker AT hsc DOT fr, or to open an issue.

A note on Bitlocker-To-Go

Microsoft's idea behind BitLocker-To-Go is that computers running Microsoft operating systems will be able to mount encrypted removable media without too much trouble.

To achieve this, the data on the media has a dual format. First it is a valid FAT32 filesystem. In that filesystem they store executables and datafiles that allow access to the encrypted volume. Besides that you will see big "encrypted" files that hold the actual encrypted volume.

On the other side, it is a BitLocker volume. Just with some unused space, from the BitLocker point-of-view. That's where the FAT32 stuff lives.

So, to access a BitLocker-To-Go encrypted media, the whole partition is the volume that dislocker works with. The use of dislocker is therefore the same whether the volume is a standard BitLocker partition or a BitLocker-To-Go one.

A note on fstab

BitLocker partitions can be mount-ed using the /etc/fstab file and dislocker's long options. The line below is an example line, which has to be adapted to each case:

/dev/sda2 /mnt/dislocker fuse.dislocker user-password=blah,nofail 0 0


Five binaries are built when compiling dislocker as described in the INSTALL.md file:

  1. dislocker-bek: for dissecting a .bek file and printing information about it

  2. dislocker-metadata: for printing information about a BitLocker-encrypted volume

  3. dislocker-find: not a binary but a Ruby script which tries to find BitLocker encrypted partition among the plugged-in disks (only work if the library is compiled with the Ruby bindings)

  4. dislocker-file: for decrypting a BitLocker encrypted partition into a flat file formatted as an NTFS partition you can mount

  5. dislocker-fuse: the one you're using when calling `dislocker', which dynamically decrypts a BitLocker encrypted partition using FUSE

You can build each one independently providing it as the makefile target. For instance, if you want to compile dislocker-fuse only, you'd simply run:

$ cmake .
$ make dislocker-fuse