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NaCl (pronounced "salt") is a new easy-to-use high-speed software library for network communication, encryption, decryption, signatures, etc. NaCl's goal is to provide all of the core operations needed to build higher-level cryptographic tools. Of course, other libraries already exist for these core operations. NaCl advances the state of the art by improving security, by improving usability, and by improving speed.

Sodium is a portable, cross-compilable, installable, packageable fork of NaCl (based on the latest released upstream version nacl-20110221), with a compatible API.

This package aims to provide a type-safe and efficient Rust binding that's just as easy to use.


Clang >= 3.9

Libsodium 1.0.16 (installation)

pkg-config (OSX: brew install pkg-config)


cargo build


cargo test


cargo doc

Documentation will be generated in target/doc/...

Most documentation is taken from NaCl, with minor modification where the API differs between the C and Rust versions.

Documentation for the latest build can be found at gh-pages.

Optional features

Several optional features are available:

  • std (default: enabled). When this feature is disabled, sodiumoxide builds using #![no_std]. Some functionality may be lost. Requires a nightly build of Rust.

  • serde (default: enabled). Allows serialization and deserialization of keys, authentication tags, etc. using the serde library.

  • benchmarks (default: disabled). Compile benchmark tests. Requires a nightly build of Rust.



Platform Compatibiility

Sodiumoxide has been tested on:

Linux - Yes

Windows - In Progress

Mac OS - `


Android -

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Master git repository

git clone https://github.com/sodiumoxide/sodiumoxide.git


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Go through the CONTRIBUTING.md document to know more about how to contribute to this project.

Unless you explicitly state otherwise, any contribution intentionally submitted for inclusion in the work by you, as defined in the Apache-2.0 license, shall be dual licensed as above, without any additional terms or conditions.

Code of Conduct

We believe in creating an enabling community for developers and have laid out a general code of conduct. Please read and adopt it to help us achieve and maintain the desired community standards.


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