Swift support
CocoaPods Compatible
Carthage compatible
Accio supported
Swift Package Manager compatible



Crypto related functions and helpers for Swift implemented in Swift. (#PureSwift)

Note: The master branch follows the latest currently released version of Swift. If you need an earlier version for an older version of Swift, you can specify its version in your Podfile or use the code on the branch for that version. Older branches are unsupported. Check versions for details.

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| Installation
| Swift versions
| How-to
| Author
| License
| Changelog


Good mood


  • Easy to use
  • Convenient extensions for String and Data
  • Support for incremental updates (stream, …)
  • iOS, Android, macOS, AppleTV, watchOS, Linux support

Hash (Digest)

| SHA1
| SHA224
| SHA256
| SHA384
| SHA512
| SHA3

Cyclic Redundancy Check (CRC)

| CRC32C
| CRC16


AES-128, AES-192, AES-256
| ChaCha20
| Rabbit
| Blowfish

Message authenticators

| HMAC (MD5, SHA1, SHA256)

Cipher mode of operation

  • Electronic codebook (ECB)
  • Cipher-block chaining (CBC)
  • Propagating Cipher Block Chaining (PCBC)
  • Cipher feedback (CFB)
  • Output Feedback (OFB)
  • Counter Mode (CTR)
  • Galois/Counter Mode (GCM)
  • Counter with Cipher Block Chaining-Message Authentication Code (CCM)

Password-Based Key Derivation Function

  • PBKDF1 (Password-Based Key Derivation Function 1)
  • PBKDF2 (Password-Based Key Derivation Function 2)
  • HKDF (HMAC-based Extract-and-Expand Key Derivation Function)
  • Scrypt (The scrypt Password-Based Key Derivation Function)

Data padding

| PKCS#7
| Zero padding
| No padding

Authenticated Encryption with Associated Data (AEAD)


Why? Because I can.

How do I get involved?

You want to help, great! Go ahead and fork our repo, make your changes and send us a pull request.


Check out for more information on how to help with CryptoSwift.


To install CryptoSwift, add it as a submodule to your project (on the top level project directory):

git submodule add

It is recommended to enable Whole-Module Optimization to gain better performance. Non-optimized build results in significantly worse performance.

Embedded Framework

Embedded frameworks require a minimum deployment target of iOS 8 or OS X Mavericks (10.9). Drag the CryptoSwift.xcodeproj file into your Xcode project, and add appropriate framework as a dependency to your target. Now select your App and choose the General tab for the app target. Find Embedded Binaries and press “+”, then select CryptoSwift.framework (iOS, OS X, watchOS or tvOS)

Sometimes “embedded framework” option is not available. In that case, you have to add new build phase for the target

iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS

In the project, you’ll find single scheme for all platforms:

  • CryptoSwift

Swift versions support

  • Swift 1.2: branch swift12 version <= 0.0.13
  • Swift 2.1: branch swift21 version <= 0.2.3
  • Swift 2.2, 2.3: branch swift2 version <= 0.5.2
  • Swift 3.1, branch swift3 version <= 0.6.9
  • Swift 3.2, branch swift32 version = 0.7.0
  • Swift 4.0, branch swift4 version <= 0.12.0
  • Swift 4.2, branch swift42 version <= 0.15.0
  • Swift 5.0, branch master


You can use CocoaPods.

platform :ios, '10.0'

target 'MyApp' do
  pod 'CryptoSwift'

or for newest version from specified branch of code:

pod 'CryptoSwift', :git => "", :branch => "master"

Bear in mind that CocoaPods will build CryptoSwift without Whole-Module Optimization that may impact performance. You can change it manually after installation, or use cocoapods-wholemodule plugin.


You can use Carthage.
Specify in Cartfile:

github "krzyzanowskim/CryptoSwift"

Run carthage to build the framework and drag the built CryptoSwift.framework into your Xcode project. Follow build instructions. Common issues.


You can use Accio.
Specify in Package.swift:

.package(url: "", .upToNextMajor(from: "1.0.0")),

Next, add CryptoSwift to your App targets dependencies like so:

    name: "App",
    dependencies: [

Then run accio update.

Swift Package Manager

You can use Swift Package Manager and specify dependency in Package.swift by adding this:

dependencies: [
    .package(url: "", .upToNextMinor(from: "1.0.0"))

or more strict

dependencies: [
    .package(url: "", .exact("1.0.0"))

See: Package.swift – manual


also check Playground

import CryptoSwift

CryptoSwift uses array of bytes aka Array<UInt8> as a base type for all operations. Every data may be converted to a stream of bytes. You will find convenience functions that accept String or Data, and it will be internally converted to the array of bytes.

Data types conversion

For your convenience, CryptoSwift provides two functions to easily convert an array of bytes to Data or Data to an array of bytes:

Data from bytes:

let data = Data( [0x01, 0x02, 0x03])

Data to Array<UInt8>

let bytes = data.bytes                     // [1,2,3]

Hexadecimal encoding:

let bytes = Array<UInt8>(hex: "0x010203")  // [1,2,3]
let hex   = bytes.toHexString()            // "010203"

Build bytes out of String

let bytes: Array<UInt8> = "cipherkey".bytes  // Array("cipherkey".utf8)

Also… check out helpers that work with Base64 encoded data:

Calculate Digest

Hashing a data or array of bytes (aka Array<UInt8>)

/* Hash struct usage */
let bytes:Array<UInt8> = [0x01, 0x02, 0x03]
let digest = input.md5()
let digest = Digest.md5(bytes)

let data = Data( [0x01, 0x02, 0x03])

let hash = data.md5()
let hash = data.sha1()
let hash = data.sha224()
let hash = data.sha256()
let hash = data.sha384()
let hash = data.sha512()    

do {
    var digest = MD5()
    let partial1 = try digest.update(withBytes: [0x31, 0x32])
    let partial2 = try digest.update(withBytes: [0x33])
    let result = try digest.finish()
} catch { }

Hashing a String and printing result

let hash = "123".md5() // "123".bytes.md5()
Calculate CRC


Message authenticators

// Calculate Message Authentication Code (MAC) for message
let key:Array<UInt8> = [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,...]

try Poly1305(key: key).authenticate(bytes)
try HMAC(key: key, variant: .sha256).authenticate(bytes)
try CMAC(key: key).authenticate(bytes)
Password-Based Key Derivation Functions

let password: Array<UInt8> = Array("s33krit".utf8)
let salt: Array<UInt8> = Array("nacllcan".utf8)

let key = try PKCS5.PBKDF2(password: password, salt: salt, iterations: 4096, keyLength: 32, variant: .sha256).calculate()

let password: Array<UInt8> = Array("s33krit".utf8)
let salt: Array<UInt8> = Array("nacllcan".utf8)
// Scrypt implementation does not implement work parallelization, so `p` parameter will
// increase the work time even in multicore systems
let key = try Scrypt(password: password, salt: salt, dkLen: 64, N: 16384, r: 8, p: 1).calculate()
HMAC-based Key Derivation Function

let password: Array<UInt8> = Array("s33krit".utf8)
let salt: Array<UInt8> = Array("nacllcan".utf8)

let key = try HKDF(password: password, salt: salt, variant: .sha256).calculate()
Data Padding

Some content-encryption algorithms assume the input length is a multiple of k octets, where k is greater than one. For such algorithms, the input shall be padded.

Padding.pkcs7.add(to: bytes, blockSize: AES.blockSize)

Working with Ciphers


let encrypted = try ChaCha20(key: key, iv: iv).encrypt(message)
let decrypted = try ChaCha20(key: key, iv: iv).decrypt(encrypted)

let encrypted = try Rabbit(key: key, iv: iv).encrypt(message)
let decrypted = try Rabbit(key: key, iv: iv).decrypt(encrypted)

let encrypted = try Blowfish(key: key, blockMode: CBC(iv: iv), padding: .pkcs7).encrypt(message)
let decrypted = try Blowfish(key: key, blockMode: CBC(iv: iv), padding: .pkcs7).decrypt(encrypted)

Notice regarding padding: Manual padding of data is optional, and CryptoSwift is using PKCS7 padding by default. If you need to manually disable/enable padding, you can do this by setting parameter for AES class

Variant of AES encryption (AES-128, AES-192, AES-256) depends on given key length:

  • AES-128 = 16 bytes
  • AES-192 = 24 bytes
  • AES-256 = 32 bytes

AES-256 example

try AES(key: [1,2,3,...,32], blockMode: CBC(iv: [1,2,3,...,16]), padding: .pkcs7)
All at once

do {
    let aes = try AES(key: "keykeykeykeykeyk", iv: "drowssapdrowssap") // aes128
    let ciphertext = try aes.encrypt(Array("Nullam quis risus eget urna mollis ornare vel eu leo.".utf8))
} catch { }
Incremental updates

Incremental operations use instance of Cryptor and encrypt/decrypt one part at a time, this way you can save on memory for large files.

do {
    var encryptor = try AES(key: "keykeykeykeykeyk", iv: "drowssapdrowssap").makeEncryptor()

    var ciphertext = Array<UInt8>()
    // aggregate partial results
    ciphertext += try encryptor.update(withBytes: Array("Nullam quis risus ".utf8))
    ciphertext += try encryptor.update(withBytes: Array("eget urna mollis ".utf8))
    ciphertext += try encryptor.update(withBytes: Array("ornare vel eu leo.".utf8))
    // finish at the end
    ciphertext += try encryptor.finish()

} catch {

See Playground for sample code that work with stream.

AES Advanced usage

let input: Array<UInt8> = [0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]

let key: Array<UInt8> = [0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00,0x00]
let iv: Array<UInt8> = AES.randomIV(AES.blockSize)

do {
    let encrypted = try AES(key: key, blockMode: CBC(iv: iv), padding: .pkcs7).encrypt(input)
    let decrypted = try AES(key: key, blockMode: CBC(iv: iv), padding: .pkcs7).decrypt(encrypted)
} catch {

AES without data padding

let input: Array<UInt8> = [0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
let encrypted: Array<UInt8> = try! AES(key: Array("secret0key000000".utf8), blockMode: CBC(iv: Array("0123456789012345".utf8)), padding: .noPadding).encrypt(input)

Using convenience extensions

let plain = Data( [0x01, 0x02, 0x03])
let encrypted = try! plain.encrypt(ChaCha20(key: key, iv: iv))
let decrypted = try! encrypted.decrypt(ChaCha20(key: key, iv: iv))

The result of Galois/Counter Mode (GCM) encryption is ciphertext and authentication tag, that is later used to decryption.


do {
    // In combined mode, the authentication tag is directly appended to the encrypted message. This is usually what you want.
    let gcm = GCM(iv: iv, mode: .combined)
    let aes = try AES(key: key, blockMode: gcm, padding: .noPadding)
    let encrypted = try aes.encrypt(plaintext)
    let tag = gcm.authenticationTag
catch {
    // failed


do {
    // In combined mode, the authentication tag is appended to the encrypted message. This is usually what you want.
    let gcm = GCM(iv: iv, mode: .combined)
    let aes = try AES(key: key, blockMode: gcm, padding: .noPadding)
    return try aes.decrypt(encrypted)
} catch {
    // failed

Note: GCM instance is not intended to be reused. So you can’t use the same GCM instance from encoding to also perform decoding.


The result of Counter with Cipher Block Chaining-Message Authentication Code encryption is ciphertext and authentication tag, that is later used to decryption.

do {
    // The authentication tag is appended to the encrypted message.
	let tagLength = 8
	let ccm = CCM(iv: iv, tagLength: tagLength, messageLength: ciphertext.count - tagLength, additionalAuthenticatedData: data)
    let aes = try AES(key: key, blockMode: ccm, padding: .noPadding)
    return try aes.decrypt(encrypted)
} catch {
    // failed

Check documentation or CCM specification for valid parameters for CCM.


let encrypt = try AEADChaCha20Poly1305.encrypt(plaintext, key: key, iv: nonce, authenticationHeader: header)
let decrypt = try AEADChaCha20Poly1305.decrypt(ciphertext, key: key, iv: nonce, authenticationHeader: header, authenticationTag: tagArr: tag)


CryptoSwift is owned and maintained by Marcin Krzy┼╝anowski

You can follow me on Twitter at @krzyzanowskim for project updates and releases.

Cryptography Notice

This distribution includes cryptographic software. The country in which you currently reside may have restrictions on the import, possession, use, and/or re-export to another country, of encryption software. BEFORE using any encryption software, please check your country’s laws, regulations and policies concerning the import, possession, or use, and re-export of encryption software, to see if this is permitted. See for more information.


Copyright (C) 2014-2017 Marcin Krzy┼╝anowski [email protected]
This software is provided ‘as-is’, without any express or implied warranty.

In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages arising from the use of this software.

Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose, including commercial applications, and to alter it and redistribute it freely, subject to the following restrictions:

  • The origin of this software must not be misrepresented; you must not claim that you wrote the original software. If you use this software in a product, an acknowledgment in the product documentation is required.
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