Sharing folders stored in a vault

I have a vault out on a cloud site and have a few folders inside it I wish to share with family members. If they do not have CRY installed (and likely won’t - they aren’t technical folks) is there any way to accomplish this?

No. To decrypt content of a vault you have to use Cryptomator.

Michael - Correct me if wrong, but files stored in a vault are technically not local - they only exist in encrypted form in the cloud and are only temporarily available locally once a vault is decrypted. The encrypted files aren’t really on your machine at all, right?

For the desktop apps this is not right. The encrypted files are local. Cryptomator desktop does not do the sync to cloud. This is done by the cloud provider app like google sync or the OneDrive client. So the encrypted files have to be local to be available for these clients.
But you can set up a „online only“ scenario by using cyberduck, which does access the vault online.

What is the advantage to using Cyberduck vs the way Cryptomator works “out of the box” so to speak? I don;t use GooDrive or Onedrive I use if that matters.

So, if I’m relying on what I do now, and there’s a fire, my encrypted vault is gone too. I can’t recover my files by simple setting up a new desktop with the CR app and pointing to my folder? It’s not local+cloud, just local? As it stands today, I have an external drive that backs up my vault. If I store only in the cloud then no backup, right?

To avoid that you should configure the client to include the encrypted vault files with your online storage. That is what Cryptomator was build for.

You are in charge for the sync to your online storage. Not Cryptomator. If you sync your encrypted files with and your house burns down, just buy a ne pc, install Cryptomator, install the client or download your encrypted vault files in any other way from, add your downloaded/synced vault to Cryptomator app, and you are done.

Well, if you have your vault files only online and no where else, then yes, you don’t have a backup. You should consider a split backup strategy line 1-2-3 backup (just google it). The „online“ part of this backup can be a Cryptomator vault.

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