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mrcrypt 1.1.0

A command-line tool that can encrypt/decrypt secrets using envelope encryption for use in multiple AWS KMS regions.

mrcrypt is a command-line tool that allows you to encrypt secrets in multiple AWS regions using KMS keys using a technique called Envelope Encryption. It is intended to be used with the AWS Encryption SDK for Java, but could be used on its own.

Compatability with the AWS Encryption SDK

All files encrypted with mrcrypt can be decrypted with the AWS Encryption SDK. But not all files encrypted with the AWS Encryption SDK can be decrypted by mrcrypt.

Currently, mrcrypt only supports the AWS Encryption SDK’s default (and most secure) cryptographic algorithm:

  • Content Type: Framed
  • Frame size: 4096
  • Algorithm: ALG_AES_256_GCM_IV12_TAG16_HKDF_SHA384_ECDSA_P384

Support for the remaining algorithms are planned, but files encrypted with the AWS Encryption SDK using one of the other algorithms are currently not supported in mrcrypt.

Also, the AWS Encryption SDK creates files using elliptic curve point compression. Files created with mrcrypt do not use point compression because they are not currently supported in Cryptography, a Python package mrcrypt uses. The uncompressed points are just as secure as the compressed points, but files are a few bytes larger. The AWS Encryption SDK can decrypt files that use uncompressed points, meaning all files created with mrcrypt are compatible with the AWS Encryption SDK.


You can install the latest release of mrcrypt with pip:

pip install mrcrypt

Note: mrcrypt uses the Python package Cryptography which depends on libffi. You may need to install it on your system if pip install . fails. For more specific instructions for your OS:

Quick Start

Encrypt a file:

mrcrypt encrypt -r us-east-1 -- alias/master-key secrets.txt

Decrypt the file:

mrcrypt decrypt secrets.txt.encrypted


usage: mrcrypt [-h] [-p PROFILE] [-e ENCRYPTION_CONTEXT] [-d] [-o OUTFILE]
                   {encrypt,decrypt} ...

Multi Region Encryption. A tool for managing secrets across multiple AWS

positional arguments:

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -p PROFILE, --profile PROFILE
                        The profile to use
                        An encryption context to use. (Cannot have whitespace)
  -d, --debug           Enable more output for debugging
  -o OUTFILE, --outfile OUTFILE
                        The file to write the results to

Both the encrypt, and decrypt commands can encrypt and decrypt files in directories recursively.

Named Profiles

If you have multiple named profiles in your ~/.aws/credentials file, you can specify one using the -p argument.

mrcrypt -p my_profile encrypt alias/master-key secrets.txt

Encryption Context

You can specify an encryption context using the -e argument. This flag takes a JSON object with no spaces:

# encrypt
mrcrypt -e '{"key":"value","key2":"value2"}' encrypt alias/master-key secrets.txt

# decrypt
mrcrypt -e '{"key":"value","key2":"value2"}' decrypt secrets.txt.encrypted

Output file name

If you want to specify the output filename, you can use the -o argument.

# Encrypt 'file.txt' writing the output into 'encrypted-file.txt'  mrcrypt -o encrypted-file.txt encrypt alias/master-key file.txt

By default, when encrypting, mrcrypt will create a file with the same file name as the input file with .encrypted appended to the end. When decrypting, if the file ends with .encrypted it will write the plaintext output to a file of the same name but without the .encrypted.


usage: mrcrypt encrypt [-h] [-r REGIONS [REGIONS ...]] [-e ENCRYPTION_CONTEXT]
                       key_id filename

Encrypts a file or directory recursively

positional arguments:
  key_id                An identifier for a customer master key.
  filename              The file or directory to encrypt. Use a - to read from

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -r REGIONS [REGIONS ...], --regions REGIONS [REGIONS ...]
                        A list of regions to encrypt with KMS. End the list
                        with --
                        An encryption context to use

Example: Encrypt secrets.txt with the key alias alias/master-key in the regions us-east-1 and us-west-2:

mrcrypt encrypt -r us-east-1 us-west-2 -- alias/master-key secrets.txt


usage: mrcrypt decrypt [-h] filename

Decrypts a file

positional arguments:
  filename    The file or directory to decrypt. Use a - to read from stdin

optional arguments:
  -h, --help  show this help message and exit

Example: To decrypt secrets.txt.encrypted:

mrcrypt decrypt secrets.txt.encrypted

Note: Be careful when decrypting a directory. If the directory contains files that are not encrypted, it will fail.


Running tests for mrcrypt is easy if you have tox installed. Simply run tox at the project’s root.

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