Encryption is now native to ZFS, and it is recommended to use that for greater flexibility and compatibility. See the "zpool create -O encryption=on" feature.
However, the core storage documentation will remain here for those who prefer that method.
Core Storage (File Vault 2)
Although the upstream OpenZFS project lists platform-agnostic encryption support at the ZFS dataset level as a possible future enhancement, OS X already offers a feature called FileVault 2, which provides built-in support for XTS-AES 128 encryption at the block level as part of Core Storage volume management.
This is the OS X analogue of the following block-level encryption systems on other operating systems that support ZFS:
- FreeBSD: geli
- Linux: LUKS
The overall procedure is, as follows: convert an empty HFS+ partition to use Core Storage and apply Core Storage encryption. Then use the Core Storage Logical Volume as a device in your zpool by supplying it to "zpool create," "zpool add," "zpool attach," etc.
You may receive a pop-up claiming the disk isn't readable by this computer. This leads to one step that can be confusing: when unlocking the disk (e.g., on startup), the "bug" will make OS X believe the disk wasn't unlocked, and thus "wiggle," presenting the prompt again.
Assuming you entered your password correctly, the encrypted volume should now be unlocked, despite the misleading wiggle, and you can safely close the dialog box by clicking "Cancel." You'll know for sure the volume is unlocked when you proceed to import your pool, or you can check directly by looking for
Encryption Status: Unlocked in the output of
diskutil coreStorage list.
The initial layout, with disk1 being the external disk (counter-intuitively named "Internal HD") intended as encrypted ZFS device.
# diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *160.0 GB disk0 1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_HFS Macintosh HD 159.7 GB disk0s2 /dev/disk1 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *1.0 TB disk1 1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk1s1 2: Apple_HFS Internal HD 999.9 GB disk1s2
We note that disk1s2 is the partition to be encrypted, and we convert it to Core Storage (think LVM), to enable encryption:
# diskutil coreStorage convert /dev/disk1s2 Started CoreStorage operation on disk1s2 Internal HD Resizing disk to fit Core Storage headers Creating Core Storage Logical Volume Group Attempting to unmount disk1s2 Switching disk1s2 to Core Storage Waiting for Logical Volume to appear Mounting Logical Volume Core Storage LVG UUID: 4690972A-484E-42E2-B72D-933A58E41237 Core Storage PV UUID: 22A1A783-01BA-4ABA-B4A3-2A9146506519 Core Storage LV UUID: F6D16BFE-B6E9-4A9B-BC03-E5CD03772C44 Core Storage disk: disk2 Finished CoreStorage operation on disk1s2 Internal HD
Note that we converted the existing unencrypted HFS+ partition.
Next, we encrypt the logical volume, our Core Storage disk, disk2:
- Note: If you choose to use diskutil to do the encryption, it will default to the most secure option, which will take a VERY long time with large disks, optionally use the Disk Util UI and set it up as an encrypted HFS+ volume and under advanced change to least secure (good for new disks)
# diskutil coreStorage encryptVolume /dev/disk2 New passphrase for existing volume: Confirm new passphrase: The Core Storage Logical Volume UUID is F6D16BFE-B6E9-4A9B-BC03-E5CD03772C44 Started CoreStorage operation on disk2 Internal HD Scheduling encryption of Core Storage Logical Volume Core Storage LV UUID: F6D16BFE-B6E9-4A9B-BC03-E5CD03772C44 Finished CoreStorage operation on disk2 Internal HD
Note that we used disk2, the logical volume, not disk1s2.
This can and will take a while to complete. You can check the status by issuing:
# diskutil coreStorage list | grep Conversion
Until it's done:
Conversion Status: Complete Conversion Progress: -none-
Your partition layout should now look like:
# diskutil list /dev/disk0 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *160.0 GB disk0 1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1 2: Apple_HFS Macintosh HD 159.7 GB disk0s2 /dev/disk1 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: GUID_partition_scheme *1.0 TB disk1 1: EFI EFI 209.7 MB disk1s1 2: Apple_CoreStorage 999.9 GB disk1s2 3: Apple_Boot Boot OS X 134.2 MB disk1s3 /dev/disk2 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: Apple_HFS *999.5 GB disk2
disk2 being our encrypted, unlocked HFS+ device. If you have yet to be prompted for the passphrase by OS X, now would be a good time to restart your Mac and try it out.
Lastly, we'll prepare the volume for ZFS, by unmounting /dev/disk2:
# mount ... /dev/disk2 on /Volumes/Internal HD (hfs, local, journaled) # diskutil unmount "/Volumes/Internal HD"
You can now follow the article on creating a pool. As a simple example, you might
# zpool list no pools available # zpool create -f -o ashift=12 ZFS_VOLUME /dev/disk2 # zpool list ZFS_VOLUME 928G 20.8G 907G 2% 1.00x ONLINE -
Also note that you don't need to worry about changing the partition type in this case to ZFS as described in the Suppressing the annoying pop-up wiki page.
Reason to "use latest"
<ilovezfs> If you want encryption you have a few options <ilovezfs> https://github.com/zfsrogue/osx-zfs-crypto <lundman> :) <ilovezfs> or you can do what cbreak said, and use an encrypted sparsebundle <ilovezfs> (I'd give it its own ZFS file system) <ilovezfs> or you can create a ZVOL, and put an encrypted Core Storage/Filevault 2 HFS+ file system on it <ilovezfs> or you can put the pool itself on top of Core Storage. <ilovezfs> The last option you should not do with the installer version. <ilovezfs> But wait for the next installer if that's the route you want to go <ilovezfs> or build from source. <aandy> Ah, interesting. Does FileVault 2 require HFS+? Not that it'd surprise me. <ilovezfs> No it does not. <ilovezfs> But it is not possible to set other Content Hints <ilovezfs> so it will always say HFS+ even if you do put ZFS on your logical volumes. <ilovezfs> So basically the procedure is to format the volume HFS+. <ilovezfs> Then run 'diskutil coreStorage convert' on it. <ilovezfs> Then you can encrypt it. <ilovezfs> Then you unmount the HFS+ <ilovezfs> and zpool create on the logical volume. <ilovezfs> And you should be good to go. <aandy> On the original HFS+ partition, right? <ilovezfs> Right. <ilovezfs> But I'd encrypt first <ilovezfs> then put ZFS on it. <aandy> Right. Perfect. <ilovezfs> diskutil coreStorage convert ... <ilovezfs> diskutil coreStorage encryptVolume ... <ilovezfs> etc. <ilovezfs> The reason not to use the installer version, is that it will attempt to partition the Core Storage Logical Volume. <ilovezfs> But since 10.8.5 and after, Apple doesn't like that <ilovezfs> so we added new code to detect Core Storage and not partition if it sees it's Core Storage.
Time Machine backups
As a follow-up, here's one approach to using ZFS for your Time Machine Backups:
While it has been discussed in heated arguments (e.g., https://github.com/openzfsonosx/zfs/issues/66) I still believe there's at least one ZFS feature I'd like to test with Time Machine: compression.
The hypothesis being: an HFS+ sparsebundle stored on a compressed (gzip, lz4), deduped dataset should yield a compression ratio > 1.0. (previously observed 1.4 with compression=on, dedup=off, FreeBSD network Time Machine drives).
To work around compatible disks for Time Machine, we create an HFS+ sparsebundle, store it on ZFS, and set the mounted image as a backup destination – no "TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes" needed.
1. Create, and mount, a sparsebundle from your ZFS filesystem (e.g., with makeImage.sh).
2. Set your sparsebundle as the (active) backup destination # tmutil setdestination -a /Volumes/Time\ Machine\ Backups