jak is a tool for encrypting files. jak works extra well if used in a git repository.


jaks encryption works. But use is under your own responsibility. I would highly recommend you take the auto-commit hook on a dry run before actually relying on it.


pip install jak


cd ~/folderThatMayOrMayNotBeARepo
jak start

edit jakfile # add which files you want to have be encrypted.

jak encrypt all

# All files listen in the jakfile should now be encrypted.

We also made this video that might be helpful for running through a basic setup in a git repository.


Dispel is the main steward of jaks development. But all contributions are encouraged and welcome. Please read the contribution guide for more information on contributing.

Supported platforms

jak works if you have a modern Python (2.7-3.6) installed on a *nix system.

You can read about it in excrutiating detail here.

Proposed future features and enhancements

  • Make maintaining encrypted state of files optional
  • Avoid polluting filesystems with .jak folders?
  • Windows support
  • Easier key rotation


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