PyCrypto VS pycryptodome

Compare PyCrypto vs pycryptodome and see what are their differences.


The Python Cryptography Toolkit (by pycrypto)


A self-contained cryptographic library for Python (by Legrandin)
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PyCrypto pycryptodome
2 8
2,357 2,244
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4.3 7.8
about 1 year ago 5 days ago
Python C
The Unlicense GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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Posts with mentions or reviews of PyCrypto. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-07-04.
  • Help with basic steps in an application design
    3 projects | | 4 Jul 2022
    2) Which cryptographic library would be recommended for this purpose? I've seen people using PyCrypto ( which seems simple enough, but that one seems not maintained anymore. I've also seen keyring.cryptfile ( and pyca/cryptography ( but I'm not really sure if any of those should actually be used for my purpose?
  • Please Help. I have installed everything yet tnote dos note work, there is nothing on the net now.
    3 projects | | 23 Jun 2022
    The specific bug you are having is in this issue of PyCrypto. That said, tnote should move on as PyCrypto is no longer maintained.. Ideally, tnote could migrate to PyCryptodome which is a near drop in replacement for PyCrypto, so "potentially" a single line of code change.


Posts with mentions or reviews of pycryptodome. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-12-28.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing PyCrypto and pycryptodome you can also consider the following projects:

cryptography - cryptography is a package designed to expose cryptographic primitives and recipes to Python developers.


Paramiko - The leading native Python SSHv2 protocol library.

PyNacl - Python binding to the Networking and Cryptography (NaCl) library

pyOpenSSL -- A Python wrapper around the OpenSSL library - A Python wrapper around the OpenSSL library


HomeBrew - 🍺 The missing package manager for macOS (or Linux)

Secure - Secure 🔒 headers for Python web frameworks

Spoodle - A mass subdomain (Subbrute) + poodle vulnerability scanner

oso - Oso is a batteries-included framework for building authorization in your application.

hashids - Implementation of hashids ( in Python. Compatible with Python 2 and Python 3