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pylibscrypt 1.1.0

Scrypt for Python

Latest Version: 1.5.1

There are a lot of different scrypt modules for Python, but none of them have everything that I’d like, so here’s One More1.


  • Uses system libscrypt2 as the first choice.
  • If that isn’t available, tries the scrypt Python module3.
  • Offers a pure Python scrypt implementation for when there’s no C scrypt.
  • Not unusably slow, even in pure Python… at least with pypy4.

With PyPy as the interpreter the Python implementation is around one fifth the speed of C scrypt. With cPython it is one fiftieth if libsodium5 is available, one two-hundredth if not.


  • Python 2.7 or 3.4 or so. Pypy 2.2 also works. Older versions may or may not.
  • If you want speed: libscrypt 1.8+ (older may work) or py-scrypt 0.6+ or pypy


You most likely want to create MCF hashes and store them somewhere, then check user-entered passwords against those hashes. For that you only need to use two functions from the API:

from pylibscrypt import *
# Generate an MCF hash with random salt
mcf = scrypt_mcf('Hello World')
# Test it
print(scrypt_mcf_check(mcf, 'Hello World'))   # prints True
print(scrypt_mcf_check(mcf, 'HelloPyWorld'))  # prints False

For full API, you can try help(pylibscrypt) from python.


The package has a version number that can be read from python like so:


The version number is of the form X.Y.Z, following Semantic Versioning6. Releases are tagged vX.Y.Z and release branches bX.Y.x when they differ from master.


Development happens on GitHub2. If you find a bug, please open an issue there. tests both implementations with some quick tests. Running either implementation directly will also compare to scrypt test vectors from the paper but this is slow for the Python version unless you have pypy. The best way to report a bug is to also provide a new test that fails, but that is not required.

The script calls coverage.py7 to report test coverage. If you would like to include a new feature, it should be adequately covered with tests.

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