You can only access decrypted files of a vault if you can unlock it. Unlocking a vault is just a two-step process as long as you know the password.
Unlocking a Vault
Select the vault you wish to unlock.
Click on the large
Unlockbutton located at the center of the Cryptomator window.
Enter your vault’s password.
A confirmation will be displayed if your password is correct.
You can either close the confirmation window by clicking
Done or click on
Reveal Vault to show your unlocked vault in your file manager.
You can store the password in your operating system’s keychain by checking the “Save Password” checkbox. There is also a plug-in for Cryptomator, that allows you to store Cryptomator’s vault passwords in a KeePassXC database. With a saved password, you can unlock your vaults without typing a password on every unlock. It’s faster.
Only store your password in the system’s keychain on trusted devices. Anyone with access to the computer with stored passwords will be able to unlock your vault, and in some cases, even find your password.
Manage Files and Folders in your Vault
By default, a vault’s content will be accessible via an attached virtual drive on your PC. So, you can manage files and folders in your unlocked vault just like you do on any other hard drive or USB drive.
Alternatively, a vault’s content can be accessed via a directory or a WebDAV server by changing its volume type.
Reveal Drive in the Cryptomator window to open the mount location using the default file manager (Windows Explorer, Finder, …).
Even though your files are shown unencrypted in the virtual drive, they are not stored unencrypted on the hard drive but only in volatile memory
On Windows, you can choose the drive letter of the virtual drive for each vault using advanced vault options.
Locking a vault
To lock a vault, simply click
Lock and the virtual drive will disappear or render empty. Your files remain encrypted at the vault’s location.