Lib Sodium port for node.js

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Version 3.0 has been refactored to use N-API, instead of NaN, so it should be more resistent to node version upgrades.
Versions 2.0 and above are no longer compatible with Node 0.x. If you're still using an old version of node please use an older version of node-sodium.
Uses Libsodium 1.0.16
Port of the lib sodium Encryption Library to Node.js.
As of libsodium 1.0.11 all functions except memory allocation have been implemented. Missing functions are listed in docs/not
There's a "low level" native module that gives you access directly to Lib Sodium, and a friendlier high level API that makes the library a bit easier to use.
Check docs/ for a list of all lib sodium functions included in node-sodium.
Just a quick example that uses the same public/secret key pair to encrypt and then decrypt the message.
var sodium = require('sodium');
var box = new sodium.Box();     // random key pair, and nonce generated automatically

var cipherText = box.encrypt("This is a secret message", "utf8");
var plainText = box.decrypt(cipherText);
Low Level API
A low level API is provided for advanced users. The functions available through the low level API have the exact same names as in lib sodium, and are available via the sodium.api object. Here is one example of how to use some of the low level API functions to encrypt/decrypt a message:
var sodium = require('sodium').api;

// Generate keys
var sender = sodium.crypto_box_keypair();
var receiver = sodium.crypto_box_keypair();

// Generate random nonce
var nonce = Buffer.allocUnsafe(sodium.crypto_box_NONCEBYTES);

// Encrypt
var plainText = Buffer.from('this is a message');
var cipherMsg = sodium.crypto_box(plainText, nonce, receiver.publicKey, sender.secretKey);

// Decrypt
var plainBuffer = sodium.crypto_box_open(cipherMsg,nonce,sender.publicKey, receiver.secretKey);

// We should get the same plainText!
if (plainBuffer.toString() == plainText) {
    console.log("Message decrypted correctly");
As you can see the high level API implementation is easier to use, but the low level API will feel just right for those experienced with the C version of lib sodium. It also allows you to bypass any bugs in the high level APIs.
You can find this code sample in examples\low-level-api.js.
Please read the work in progress documentation found under docs/.
You should also review the unit tests as most of the high level API is "documented" there. Don't forget to check out the examples as well.
The low level libsodium API documentation is now complete. All ported functions have been documented in with code examples.
Please be patient as I document the rest of the APIs, or better still: help out! :)
Lib Sodium Documentation
Lib Sodium is documented here. Node-Sodium follows the same structure and I will keep documenting it as fast as possible.
Tested on Mac, Linux, Windows and IllumOS Systems
npm install sodium
node-sodium depends on libsodium, so if libsodium does not compile on your platform chances are npm install sodium will fail.
Install can fail in some Linux distros due to permission issues. If you see an error similar to the following:
npm WARN lifecycle sodium@1.2.3~preinstall: cannot run in wd %s %s (wd=%s) sodium@1.2.3 node install.js --preinstall

Try installing with
npm install sodium --unsafe-perm
Installation will fail if node-gypis not installed on your system. Please run
npm install node-gyp -g
Before you install node-sodium. If you run into permission errors while installing node-gyp run as Adminstrator on Windows or use sudo in other OSes.
sudo npm install node-gyp -g
Compiling libsodium requires autoconf, automake and libtool so if you get an errors about these tools missing please install them. On Mac OS you can do so with:
brew install libtool autoconf automake
If you cannot compile libsodium on Linux, try installing libtools with:
sudo apt-get install libtool-bin

Windows Install

Windows installs will automatically attempt to download LibSodium binary distribution, and include files, from my repo. You MUST set the msvs_version npm config variable to the appropriate Microsoft Visual Studio version you have installed before you run npm install on Windows.
Example set msvs_version for your user only:
npm config set msvs_version 2015
Example set msvs_version for all users:
npm config set msvs_version 2015 --global
At the moment only 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015 versions are supported.
Now run
npm install
At the moment Windows only supports dynamic linking so you must have the libsodium.dll in the same directory as sodium.node. This is done automatically by the install script, but if you move things around manually please don't forget to copy the DLL file as well.
If you experience difficulty with the install even with a correctly set msvs_version, it may be worth trying:
npm install npm -g
to upgrade npm and its bundled version of node-gyp.
Manual Build
Node Sodium includes the source of libsodium, so the normal install will try to compile libsodium directly from source, using libsodium's own build tools. This is the prefered method of compiling node sodium. If you can't compile libsodium from source in your platform you can download a pre-compiled binary and copy the libsodium. library files to ./deps/build/lib folder. and copy all the include files to ./deps/build/include.
Before you run the manual build you must run the npm install once to install the required dependencies, like node-gyp that are needed to compile node-sodium. Please note that npm install will install the dependencies and compile node-sodium as well. After this initial step you can make changes to the source and run the following commands to manually build the module:
make sodium
You need to install autotools and check the version. For OSX you can do
brew install libtool autoconf automake

autoconf --version
automake --version
libtool -V
SECURITY WARNING: Using a Binary LibSodium Library
Node Sodium is a strong encryption library, odds are that a lot of security functions of your application depend on it, so
DO NOT use binary libsodium distributions that you haven't verified. If you use a pre-compiled version of libsodium you MUST be sure that nothing malicious was added to the compiled version you are using.
The Windows installation uses an official binary distribution that I maintain at my repo
. The files in this repository correspond to the files for the MSVC libsodium build version supported by node-sodium. I will keep them updated as newer versions of libsodium become available and are supported by node-sodium.
These are provided in an attempt to simplify Windows installs and you should verify the file signatures against the originals, to make sure they haven't been tampered with. They are provided AS IS and I take no responsibility for their correctness.
Code Samples
Please check the fully documented code samples in test/test_sodium.js.
Installing Mocha Test Suite
To run the unit tests you need Mocha. If you'd like to run coverage reports you need mocha-istanbul. You can install both globally by doing
npm install -g mocha mocha-istanbul
You may need to run it with sudo as only the root user has access to Node.js global directories
sudo npm install -g mocha mocha-istanbul
Unit Tests
You need to have mocha test suite installed globally then you can run the node-sodium unit tests by
make test
Coverage Reports
You need to have mocha and mocha-istanbul installed globally then you can run the node-sodium coverage reports by
make test-cov
This software is licensed through the MIT License. Please read the LICENSE file for more details.
Built and maintained by Pedro Paixao