pivpn VS gocryptfs

Compare pivpn vs gocryptfs and see what are their differences.


The Simplest VPN installer, designed for Raspberry Pi (by pivpn)


Encrypted overlay filesystem written in Go (by rfjakob)
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pivpn gocryptfs
107 18
4,651 1,992
2.4% -
7.2 9.4
9 days ago 12 days ago
Shell Go
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of pivpn. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-07.
  • PiVPN - Router/WIFI stopped workign after Pi was unplugged
    My PiVPN setup for openvpn as per https://pivpn.io/ wouldn't pull the router over, but I agree that if your setup is doing dhcp or dns that could make it look like the router is failing.
  • How do I check how long my certs are valid for?
    reddit.com/r/pivpn | 2021-10-07
    How old is your script?#1000 merged in 2020 add expiration column for -l
    reddit.com/r/pivpn | 2021-10-07
    pivpn update is supposed to take care of it, but old enough install can be buggy so probably just remove and reinstall if it's possible to re-deploy the configs.
  • I am tired of people in this sub treating VPN as "the golden hammer"
    Thus ss you'd have to be complete in that sense as otherwise you'd have nothing to connect to. Also to prevent the whole world to connect to it and start brute forcing it, you should have things like fail2ban, connection whitelists or whatever setup to reduce the attack vector somewhat. So for more most who are unexperienced, a vpn is easier to achieve... especially with a solution like https://pivpn.io to have a wireguard or openvpn setup using server and client certs on a raspberry pi for example.
  • Remote access to my Pi
    reddit.com/r/klippers | 2021-09-28
  • Failing to setup WireGuard on Raspberry Pi 4 (running Ubuntu 21.04)
    reddit.com/r/WireGuard | 2021-09-26
    Try pivpn, easy to setup a Wireguard or OpenVPN server.
  • A few questions before I invest.
    reddit.com/r/unRAID | 2021-09-26
  • What is the simplest solution?
    reddit.com/r/VPS | 2021-09-25
    This is the best option for you. You can actually setup wireguard faily easily with pivpn although you may need to tinker around for a bit in order to expose your local network on the VPN's subnet.
  • Pi-Hole/NAS Security
    reddit.com/r/pihole | 2021-09-22
    https://pivpn.io/ Really simple to setup. Also, I found this instructions: https://www.wundertech.net/setup-wireguard-on-a-raspberry-pi-vpn-setup-tutorial/
  • Forward all traffic from a peer to another peer via a relay server
    reddit.com/r/WireGuard | 2021-09-21
    Install http://pivpn.io on your pi, open the wireguard port to it and you're set


Posts with mentions or reviews of gocryptfs. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-10-15.
  • Best wallet for Android in terms of privacy?
    I use gocryptfs with the android client droidfs to store sensitive documents.
  • Convenient way of using password-protected files
    Then someone said development has started again. Checking just now, last commit on https://github.com/vgough/encfs is May 2020, while https://github.com/rfjakob/gocryptfs is 4 hours ago.
  • Tool that let's encrypt a file in memory as you download it [Linux]
    Check out gocryptfs, it's a fuse filesystem that you mount on any folder you want (like ~/Downloads if you so desire) and anything you store in it gets transparently encrypted.
  • end-to-end encrypted sync of folders?
    https://nuetzlich.net/gocryptfs (especially with the reverse mode) + https://syncthing.net
  • How to deploy an off-site data back-up server at a friend's house?
    Rsync + https://nuetzlich.net/gocryptfs/
  • Open source alternative to Cryptomator?
    gocrypt in combination with SiriKali
  • Encryption with KDE Vaults
    EncFS, CryFS and GocryptFS
  • SW that does cloud files encryption
    Did you try https://github.com/rfjakob/gocryptfs ?
  • Encrypt files before storing in the cloud.
    Then, there is DroidFS which creates a Gocryptfs vault. You use the app to access the decrypted files and the encrypted files are stored on the phone's storage/sdcard.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing pivpn and gocryptfs you can also consider the following projects:


cryfs - Cryptographic filesystem for the cloud

tailscale - The easiest, most secure way to use WireGuard and 2FA.

Cryptomator - Multi-platform transparent client-side encryption of your files in the cloud

DroidFS - Encrypted overlay filesystems implementation for Android.

syncthing-android - Wrapper of syncthing for Android.

BorgBackup - Deduplicating archiver with compression and authenticated encryption.

rcx - Rclone for Android

OctoPrint-FirmwareUpdater - OctoPrint plugin for flashing pre-compiled firmware images to a 3D printer.

wireguard-docs - 📖 Unofficial WireGuard Documentation: Setup, Usage, Configuration, and full example setups for VPNs supporting both servers & roaming clients.

dnscrypt-proxy - dnscrypt-proxy 2 - A flexible DNS proxy, with support for encrypted DNS protocols.

SimpleLogin - The SimpleLogin back-end