[botan-devel] Considerable differences between Botan and pycrypto?

Jack Lloyd lloyd at randombit.net
Thu Feb 28 09:37:41 EST 2013

Hi Phi,

I am not a fan of the pycrypto API, but looking over it there doesn't
seem to be anything too horrible with it. At the very least having a
good pycrypto emulation layer (for the common things) on top would be
useful as people who had hit a wall of what pycrypto supports could
transition over immediately without having to change their existing

The python wrapper development is kind of on hold because I am the
only one who has spent any time on it, and I have only so much
free/unpaid time to work on botan, with other projects haing a
priority (in terms of interest or future utility to me) on that time
right now.

Patches always welcome of course.


On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 02:14:22PM -0800, Phi Hung Nguyen wrote:
> Hi,
> Is there any consideration of adopting the pycrypto interface for Botan's
> python interface?  Obviously instead of Crypto as the package name, it
> would be Botan, but the rest are the same.
> It's just the alpha software warning on
> http://botan.randombit.net/python.html  feels unsatisfying.  If you google
> "botan pycrypto", there are quite a few "how to make" questions, but those
> can get detailed as well.
> My naive view on the benefit of this is you can use both after this
> adoption :)
> Sincerely,
> Phi

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