CryptSharp provides a number of password crypt algorithms:

Additionally it includes Blowfish, SCrypt, and PBKDF2 for any HMAC (.NET's built-in PBKDF2 implementation supports only SHA-1).

Using CryptSharp is simple. To crypt a password, add the assembly to References and type:

using CryptSharp;

// Crypt using the Blowfish crypt ("BCrypt") algorithm.
string cryptedPassword = Crypter.Blowfish.Crypt(password);

To test the crypted password against a potential password, use:

using CryptSharp;

// Do the passwords match?
// You can also check a password using the Crypt method, but this approach way is easier.
bool matches = Crypter.CheckPassword(testPassword, cryptedPassword);

You can also specify options:

using CryptSharp;

// Specify the $apr1$ Apache htpasswd variant of the MD5 crypt algorithm.
string cryptedPassword = Crypter.MD5.Crypt(password, new CrypterOptions()
    { CrypterOption.Variant, MD5CrypterVariant.Apache }

If you choose the BCrypt algorithm, be aware that it only uses the first 72 bytes of a password. This limitation is not specific to my implementation.

CryptSharp uses the ISC license.


Version 2.1.0 (December 2, 2014)
Version 2.0.0 (May 8, 2013)
Version 1.2.0 (January 23, 2011)
NuGet Package "CryptSharpOfficial"
Online Documentation

Version History

2.1.0 (December 2, 2014):
Added SHA256, SHA384, and SHA512 LDAP schemes.
Fixed Drupal 7+ crypt.

2.0.0 (May 8, 2013):
Documentation! The meaning of methods, no longer a mystery...

Crypt features:
Added support for the 2x and 2y Blowfish prefixes.
Added LDAP schemes such as Apache htpasswd's {SHA}.
Added MD5 crypt and the Apache htpasswd variant.
Added PHPass crypt, as seen in WordPress. Variants for phpBB and Drupal 7+ are also included.
Added SHA256 and SHA512 crypt, as seen in Linux.
Added Traditional and Extended DES crypt for completeness's sake.
CryptSharp is now feature-complete for common crypt and htpasswd methods.

BaseEncoding performs generic binary-to-text encoding.
Made the Pbkdf2 class easier to use.
Optimized the SCrypt code. It is now 50% faster.
SecureComparison implements timing-insensitive string comparison.

I now code-sign the CryptSharp DLL so you can confirm it is unaltered.

1.2.0 (January 23, 2011):
The SCrypt KDF is now supported as CryptSharp.Utility.SCrypt.
Added djb's Salsa20, required by SCrypt.

1.1.1 (January 22, 2011):
BCrypt can now use magic strings other than the default.

1.1.0 (January 21, 2011):
Added a PBKDF2 implementation that can run against arbitrary HMACs. I will use this for SCrypt support soon.
The BCrypt password length limit was needlessly short. It is now fully compatible with PHP crypt.
The demo now checks Blowfish and PBKDF2 (SHA1) against official test vectors.
The demo also checks BCrypt against 400 crypts length 0-100 randomly generated with PHP.

1.0.0 (November 7, 2010):
Initial release.

If you have any questions, comments, or run into any problems, don't hesitate to send me an e-mail at or visit the CryptSharp website at

Thanks and enjoy the library!