PyCrypto VS PyNacl

Compare PyCrypto vs PyNacl and see what are their differences.

PyCrypto

The Python Cryptography Toolkit (by pycrypto)

PyNacl

Python binding to the Networking and Cryptography (NaCl) library (by pyca)
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PyCrypto PyNacl
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2,357 940
- 0.5%
4.3 7.2
about 1 year ago 12 days ago
Python C
The Unlicense Apache License 2.0
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PyCrypto

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 | reddit.com/r/learnpython | 4 Jul 2022
    2) Which cryptographic library would be recommended for this purpose? I've seen people using PyCrypto (https://github.com/pycrypto/pycrypto) which seems simple enough, but that one seems not maintained anymore. I've also seen keyring.cryptfile (https://github.com/frispete/keyrings.cryptfile) and pyca/cryptography (https://github.com/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 | reddit.com/r/pop_os | 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 That said, tnote should move on as PyCrypto is no longer maintained..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.

PyNacl

Posts with mentions or reviews of PyNacl. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-12-20.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing PyCrypto and PyNacl 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.

pycryptodome - A self-contained cryptographic library for Python

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

Passlib

hashids - Implementation of hashids (http://hashids.org) in Python. Compatible with Python 2 and Python 3

Themis - Easy to use cryptographic framework for data protection: secure messaging with forward secrecy and secure data storage. Has unified APIs across 14 platforms.