How to use the PyCrypto library in Python

PyCrypto is a Python library used for secure encryption and decryption of data. It supports a variety of encryption algorithms, including AES, DES, RSA, and DSA. It also provides a range of cryptographic hash functions.

To use the PyCrypto library in Python, you first need to install it. You can install it using pip:

pip install pycrypto

Once installed, you can import the library into your Python program using the following code:

import Crypto

Once imported, you can use the library to generate keys, encrypt and decrypt data, and perform other cryptographic operations. For example, to generate an AES key, you can use the following code:

key =

This will generate a 16-byte AES key. You can then use this key to encrypt data using the following code:

ciphertext =, Crypto.Cipher.AES.MODE_CBC).encrypt(plaintext)

This will encrypt the plaintext data using AES in CBC mode. You can then decrypt the ciphertext using the following code:

plaintext =, Crypto.Cipher.AES.MODE_CBC).decrypt(ciphertext)

This will decrypt the ciphertext using the same AES key.

These are just some of the operations you can perform with the PyCrypto library. For more information, please refer to the official documentation.