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SoftU2F-Win is a software U2F authenticator for Windows. It emulates a hardware U2F HID device and performs cryptographic operations using the DPAPI. This tool works with Google Chrome. Running on other browsers hasn't been tested.

We take the security of this project seriously. Report any security vulnerabilities to

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This app is still under very active development. It may have bugs or doesn't work in some scenarios. Please don't use for production.


  • Disable Driver Signing Enforcement

    To install the driver, you'll need to disable the driver signing enforcement.

    The easiest way to do this is putting you device into Test Mode. Run this in elevated prompt

    $ bcdedit /set TESTSIGNING ON

    OR (#12 (comment))

    1. Press and hold the Shift key on your keyboard and click the Restart button.
    2. Choose Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings and click the Restart button.
    3. When your computer restarts you’ll see a list of options. Press F7 on your keyboard to select Disable driver signature enforcement.
    4. Your computer will now restart and the driver will work, but note that it only works on this restart, after you restart the pc again you have to repeat the process

    More ways to disable the enforcement


  1. Download the latest driver and daemon release at Driver Release

  2. Right click on the .sys file and click on "View Certificate" and install the certificate to the "Trusted Store" on your machine.

  3. Run the driver-install.ps1 in elevated powershell to install the driver. (Run Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned if needed)


The app runs in the background. When a site loaded in a U2F-compatible browser attempts to register or authenticate with the software token, you'll see a notification asking you to accept or reject the request. You can experiment on Yubico's U2F demo site.







  1. Right Click the Windows logo on you status bar and open Device Manager
  2. Under Human Interface Devices, find SoftU2F Device, right click and select Uninstall Device


  1. Exit App
  2. Delete the folder where you extracted them.

Security considerations

This is a port of

Instead of macOS Keychain, we store data using Windows DPAPI, which is designed by Microsoft Windows to store data data such as passwords, keys, and connection strings.

For more infomation of DPAPI:

A note from Github Team


Announced by Microsoft,

Note Windows 10 for desktop editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise, and Education) and Windows Server 2016 kernel-mode drivers must be signed by the Windows Hardware Dev Center Dashboard, which requires an EV certificate. For details, see Driver Signing Policy.

Windows will only trust the drivers signed by a trusted EV certificate.

At this stage, I'm still trying to get a EV Certificate to sign this driver, so that Disabling driver signature enforcement won't be needed to run this software.

Having a signature won't change any of the behaviour of this software and all the source code is public to everyone to read and contribute.




  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Windows SDK
  • Windows Driver Kit (WDK)

Download and tutorials can be found at:

And you should be able to compile the driver in Visual Studio.


Daemon is just an NET Core project, no extra requirement other than developing a normal NET Core apps.


If you like this project, you can support me to buy a EV certificate, or just a cup of coffee :)

Known app-IDs/facets

Every website using U2F has an app-ID. For example, the app-ID of Yubico's U2F demo page is When the low-level U2F authenticator receives a request to register/authenticate a website, it doesn't receive the friendly app-ID string. Instead, it receives a SHA256 digest of the app-ID. To be able to show a helpful alert message when a website is trying to register/authenticate, a list of app-ID digests is maintained in this repository. You can find the list here. If your company's app-ID is missing from this list, open a pull request to add it.


This project is Unlicensed yet.


Lots of credits to the original work of SoftU2F done by Github team.