Kryptor is free and open source file encryption and signing software for Windows, Linux, and macOS.
It is a portable, cross-platform command line tool that makes use of modern and secure cryptographic algorithms. It aims to be a better version of age and Minisign to provide a simple, user friendly alternative to GPG.

Download Kryptor

Pre-built binaries

For instructions on verifying the signatures and digests, please see the Installation page.
Please follow the project on GitHub and regularly use the -u|--update option to check for updates. It is important to stay up-to-date for security and compatibility reasons.​

Package managers

​Chocolatey (Windows)
choco install kryptor
​Scoop (Windows)
scoop bucket add extras; scoop install kryptor
​Homebrew (macOS and Linux)
Coming soon
Help from new packagers would be very much appreciated! Contact me to get your name listed in the Acknowledgements section.

Source code

You can find the source code on GitHub.


Kryptor is licensed under GPLv3.


If you would like to report a bug, offer feedback, ask a question, or need technical support, then GitHub is the place to go.
Please see the file for information on reporting security vulnerabilities.
For other enquiries, please email me at samuel[at]samuellucas[dot]com using an informative subject line.


As a student, I currently have no income. Any fees related to the project are paid from my student loan, and time spent coding and writing the documentation has been unpaid when I could be working on something that would earn me money.
If you have found the software useful or just approve of the design and goals, then please consider donating. Every little helps. Seriously. I am eternally grateful for all donations!
  • PayPal: samuellucas6​
  • GitHub Sponsors: samuel-lucas6​
  • Monero: 46hQy5JebdE5L3XsCAwh9tQ6zVA4631JQQb5f9mFJWQ99XaH1SUs7CDPq5QPnKq74rbzGZPxFQD9K45UYxq211V8C2F5iVD
  • Ethereum: 0x1d140cdce6c83de556638acab209ea3f119da02d


The overall goal is for Kryptor to be better than a combination of age and Minisign in terms of security and usability.
Kryptor is primarily designed to protect files for cloud backups, external storage backups, and file sharing. It is not trying to be a complete replacement for GPG, but that is a good thing considering the sheer number of features is what makes GPG intimidating, often difficult to use, and impossible to single-handedly audit.


  • A limited number of command line options.
  • Allow some options to be skipped to shorten commands.
  • Encryption and signing support to avoid having to use different tools.
  • Support for passwords, keyfiles, and asymmetric keys.
  • Encryption of multiple files and folders to avoid having to use different tools.
  • Optional file/directory name obfuscation and overwriting of input files.
  • Short public keys that can be copied and pasted or shared as files.
  • Generate key pairs without having to use a separate keygen program.



Out of scope

  • Compatibility with other tools and protocols: you cannot be better by being the same, and compatibility just increases complexity. There are limitations with other programs that need to be addressed, such as the lack of authenticated key exchange and file signing support in age.
  • Disk encryption: this is a whole other beast to file encryption. It is best left to another tool.
  • Key distribution: just share your public keys on a personal website or social media account. If you only use them to communicate with friends or family members, then you can share them via a messaging app, like Signal.
  • Anything related to email: although you can, of course, attach encrypted files and signatures to emails.
  • Mobile apps: who encrypts files on their phone? Very few people, I would imagine, and I do not have the time.
  • A password store: just use a GUI password manager, like Bitwarden or KeePassXC.
  • Things few people currently use: for example, YubiKeys.


Thank you to the following people:
  • Everyone who has provided feedback on the design, code quality, UX, and documentation.
  • ​GitBook for providing a free community account.
  • ​Tutanota for providing a free premium account.
  • Frank Denis for writing the libsodium library.
  • Adam Caudill and everyone who contributed to the libsodium-net library.
  • Trond Arne BrΓ₯then for creating the libsodium-core library.
  • Nate McMaster for working on the CommandLineUtils library.
  • All the people working on .NET and C#.
  • Daniel J. Bernstein for designing ChaCha20 and Curve25519.
  • Daniel J. Bernstein, Niels Duif, Tanja Lange, Peter Schwabe, and Bo-Yin Yang for designing Ed25519.
  • Scott Arciszewski for drafting XChaCha20 and Frank Denis for making the internal counter larger.
  • Alex Biryukov, Daniel Dinu, and Dmitry Khovratovich for designing Argon2.
  • Jean-Philippe Aumasson, Samuel Neves, Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn, and Christian Winnerlein for designing BLAKE2.
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