To get RPI OS on my RPI, I have to use a special software to "burn" an image onto a memory card, then make an empty file called "ssh" on it, then put it into my RPI. Then it's "installed" and ready to use.

While convenient in a way, this completely bypasses the critical step of encryption.

Encrypting the system after it's been "installed" in this manner proved impossible. I've plown in combed hundreds of hours into this by now. It's impissible.

There is the "NOOBS" installer, but according to the people I asked, it also doesn't have an encryption option, which makes it meaningless.

Is there really no "real" installer, perhaps with a less insulting name than "NOOBS", for RPI OS? One which actually lets you select:

Yes, please. I want to encrypt the disk and have to enter the following password on each boot for it to decrypt the disk into memory.


Please don't link me to one of those online guides on how to enable encryption. I've already seen them. They are utterly impossible to follow. I need for this to be officially supported and rock-solid, in the installer.

I truly cannot understand why this has been (seemingly) deliberately made so difficult, as to discourage the use of encryption. I consider it a basic requirement to even consider running anything. It doesn't matter if my RPI (v1) becomes slow from it. It's simply not an option to run it unencrypted, and I'm genuinely shocked by how everyone just seems to ignore this.

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    have you asked this question before? ... it looks very familiar
    – jsotola
    Sep 26, 2020 at 3:01
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    I need for this to be officially supported and rock-solid, in the installer. ... perhaps you need to be talking to the RPi OS development team if you need official support
    – jsotola
    Sep 26, 2020 at 3:04
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    I truly cannot understand why this has been (seemingly) deliberately made so difficult - if you do not understand then you should not rant in this manner: Embedded system, What step am I missing in my installation schema for Raspberry Pi OS on my headless RPI 1 to enable encryption?.
    – Ingo
    Sep 26, 2020 at 8:27
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    @jostola twice I think all under different names...
    – user115418
    Sep 26, 2020 at 14:39
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    "I've plown in combed hundreds of hours into this.." -> This post honestly reads like you've spent practically none. Like you have learned nothing. There are plenty of options for encrypting the data partition/root fs. There is no option for encrypting the entire card because it is not possible, as in physically impossible because of how the hardware works. However, it does not take more than hundreds of seconds to find that out.
    – goldilocks
    Sep 26, 2020 at 15:00

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You can find a *.iso file for the Raspberry Pi OS Desktop over here. You should also be able to convert the zip files for the normal OS into a *.iso with something like 7-Zip. Also, you could use LUKS to encrypt the OS after installation.

Here's a link to a RPi forum post on encryption: https://www.raspberrypi.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=219867.

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    You won't find ANY ISO files for the Pi - because there aren't ANY. Raspbian DOES NOT use ISO.
    – Milliways
    Sep 26, 2020 at 8:36
  • @Milliways Couldn't you use something like Etcher to burn the Raspberry Pi Desktop .iso or a .iso made out of the zip files to an SD Card? I haven't tried it but it should work.
    – aklingam
    Sep 26, 2020 at 10:03
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    All Milliways means is it's not a true .iso file -- which is a format intended for CDs/DVDs. It's just a plain device image, colloquially they still get referred to as "isos" from when that was the predominant means of installing an OS.
    – goldilocks
    Sep 26, 2020 at 14:54

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