Free Software Foundation!

Join now

Difference between revisions of "Nettle"

From Free Software Directory
Jump to: navigation,
(i un-featured this because i only want one GNU Spotlight feature per month.)
m (new release)
(2 intermediate revisions by one user not shown)
Line 10: Line 10:
|Related projects=BeeCrypt,lsh
|Related projects=BeeCrypt,lsh
|Keywords=security,cryptography,library,cryptography library,crypto
|Keywords=security,cryptography,library,cryptography library,crypto
|Version identifier=2.1
|Version identifier=2.7.1
|Version date=2010/07/31
|Version date=2013/05/28
|Version status=stable
|Version status=stable
|Version download=
|Version download=
{{Project license
{{Project license

Revision as of 11:55, 24 July 2013


GNU Nettle
Cryptographic library

Nettle is a cryptographic library designed to fit any context: in crypto toolkits for object-oriented languages, in applications like LSH or GnuPG, or even in kernel space. Users need to keep track of available algorithms and their properties and variants. The algorithm selection process is dictated by the protocol you want to implement. Also, requirements of applications differ, so an API that fits one application well may be useless for another (which is why so many different cryptographic libraries exist). Nettle avoids this problem by doing one thing, the low-level crypto stuff, and providing a simple but general interface to it. In particular, it doesn't do algorithm selection, memory allocation, or any I/O. However, users can build application- and context-specific interfaces on top of Nettle and share code, testcases, benchmarks, documentation, etc.


User manual included and available in HTML format from

Heckert gnu.small.png This is a GNU package:nettle


Download version 3.3 (stable)
released on 1 October 2016

VCS Checkout


Related Projects


LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv3Genium25 April 2015
LGPLv3orlaterGenium25 April 2015
GPLv2Genium25 April 2015

Leaders and contributors

Niels Moeller Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Developer Bug Tracking Subscribe
Developer Download
Support E-mail
Developer VCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 5 January 2017.


Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the page “GNU Free Documentation License”.

The copyright and license notices on this page only apply to the text on this page. Any software or copyright-licenses or other similar notices described in this text has its own copyright notice and license, which can usually be found in the distribution or license text itself.

Personal tools