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Logo AxCrypt.png
Developer(s)Svante Seleborg
Initial release2001
Stable release
2.1.1543 / 31 October 2017; 2 years ago (2017-10-31)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, macOS
Available inEnglish, French, Swedish, Spanish, Dutch, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Russian
TypeEncryption software
LicenceFreemium; base software is under GNU GPL 3[1]

AxCrypt is open-source encryption software offering both a free version and a premium (at-cost) version for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS. It was originally developed in Sweden by Svante Seleborg and is produced and maintained by him and the staff of AxCrypt AB. It can compress, delete, encrypt/decrypt, and edit files (though, thus far, the Android, iOS, and free macOS versions are read-only viewer programs). It is a file-based encryption program, as differs from a container-based encryption program, i.e., each single to-be-protected file is encrypted individually by the program, rather than the program putting all to-be-protected files into a single encrypted container like TrueCrypt or VeraCrypt does. Axcrypt comes in installer versions for all mentioned operating systems and also a standalone (portable) version for Windows.


AxCrypt can encrypt a file or a folder by using either a key file or a password. AxCrypt can also secure files on the file sharing services such as DropBox or Google Drive.[2] AxCrypt is using AES-128 and AES-256 encryption standard.[3]

Users need to sign up for a user account in order to use AxCrypt. Users may log in by entering the password to encrypt files or folders. As long the user is logged in, he or she can open secured files and folders. The key file is actually a plain text document containing a code to open the file. An existing file can also be used to encrypt a file or a folder.

AxCrypt allows secured files to be opened by other AxCrypt users with the same password that was used to encrypt. AxCrypt can also delete data safely: the tool scrambles the data and then deletes them. The purpose of this feature is to prevent a malicious user to retrieve data later.


  1. ^ "AxCrypt License". Retrieved 2017-11-16.
  2. ^ "Top 5 Encryption tools for Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive | Next of Windows". Retrieved 2016-06-13.
  3. ^ staff, PC Advisor. "Five of the best encryption tools". PC Advisor. Retrieved 2016-06-13.