Replacing the crypt module in Windows

Carey Evans careye at
Tue Aug 19 03:43:15 CEST 2003

Jorge Godoy <godoy at> writes:

> What do you use to replace the crypt module in Windows?

There are pure Python implementations of the MD5- and DES-based crypt
algorithms available from, respectively:    (by michal j wallace)  (by me)

The former should be quite a bit more secure.  It may also be faster
since it uses the md5 module internally, but I've never tested them.

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