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SilentEye is a cross-platform application design for an easy use of steganography, in this case hiding messages into pictures or sounds. It provides a pretty nice interface and an easy integration of new steganography algorithm and cryptography process by using a plug-ins system. SilentEye is free to use (under GNU GPL v3).

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Main Features

  • Hide information into images and sounds (LSB) : JPEG, BMP, WAVE
  • Encrypte data : AES128, AES256
  • Capacity to hide text or file
  • zlib compression of message
  • Drag & Drop

How can i run SilentEye from command line? (batch mode)


Batch mode is only available from version 0.4.3 of SilentEye. (source here on branch 0.4)

You can change encode and decode options by editing the following files :

  • silenteye.conf
  • seformatbmp.conf
  • seformatjpeg.conf
  • seformatwav.conf Configuration files can be found into user's home or SilentEye directory



./silenteye --batch encode ./myfile.png --message "my secret message"
./silenteye --batch encode ./myfile.png --message_file ./message.txt

output format and directory depends on silenteye.conf


./silenteye --batch encode ./myfile.png --message "my secret message" --password "my password"

How can i compile source code? on Ubuntu/Unix


apt-get install -y g++ libfontconfig1-dev libfreetype6-dev libx11-dev libxcursor-dev libxext-dev libxfixes-dev libxft-dev libxi-dev libxrandr-dev libxrender-dev libssl-dev


You have to install Qt from source with the following commands:

root$ wget
root$ tar -zxvf qt-everywhere-opensource-src-4.8.7.tar.gz
root$ cd qt-everywhere-opensource-src-4.8.7
root$ ./configure -release -nomake examples -nomake demos -no-qt3support -no-scripttools -no-opengl -no-webkit -no-phonon -no-sql-sqlite -gtkstyle -opensource -prefix /usr/local/Qt-4.8.7-release
root$ make
root$ make install

or for static compilation :

root$ ./configure -static -nomake examples -nomake demos -no-qt3support -no-scripttools -no-opengl -no-webkit -no-phonon -no-sql-sqlite -gtkstyle -opensource -prefix /usr/local/Qt-4.8.7-release


QCA is also required for encryption support (modules) :

root$ wget
root$ bunzip2 qca-2.0.3.tar.bz2 && tar -xvf qca-2.0.3.tar
root$ cd qca-2.0.3
root$ patch src/botantools/botan/botan/secmem.h fix_build_gcc4.7.diff
root$ ./configure --qtdir=/usr/local/Qt-4.8.7-release/
root$ make
root$ make install

Download patch : fix_build_gcc4.7.diff

or for static compilation :

./configure --qtdir=/usr/local/Qt-4.8.7-static/ --static


next is QCA plugin for OpenSSL support :

root$ wget
root$ bunzip2 qca-ossl-2.0.0-beta3.tar.bz2 && tar -xvf qca-ossl-2.0.0-beta3.tar
root$ cd qca-ossl-2.0.0-beta3
root$ patch qca-ossl.cpp < detect_ssl2_available.diff
root$ patch qca-ossl.cpp < detect_md2_available.diff
root$ ./configure --qtdir=/usr/local/Qt-4.8.7-release/
root$ make
root$ make install

Download patch : detect_ssl2_available.diff and detect_md2_available.diff

or for static compilation :

./configure --qtdir=/usr/local/Qt-4.8.7-static/ --static


CMake (version > 2.8.10 required) :

root$ apt-get install cmake

Get source code

Then download and move into source folder :

user$ git clone --branch 0.4
user$ cd silenteye

Let's compile

Now you can generate MakeFile like this :

user$ export PATH=/usr/local/Qt-4.8.7-release/bin:$PATH
user$ ENABLE_MODULE=1 cmake .

or for static compilation :

user$ export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/Qt-4.8.7-static/bin

Just run make command to build the project



You can now run silenteye with the following command :


Install on system

Installation information can be found in "Compilation options" section (use of ENABLE_PACK=1).

Installation Example

$root> make
$root> make install
$root> make install DESTDIR=$PKG

How can i compile source code? on Windows


Download and install the following tools :

Making QCA works (compilation and packaging) with mingw was really painfull, that's why i provide you an archive you just have to uncompress into your qt installation directory :

Get source code

Then download :

user$ git clone --branch 0.4

Import project into Qt Creator 2

  1. Configure Kit and cmake
  2. Open file or project => select silenteye/CMakeLists.txt
  3. Choose mingw generator and set parameter to "."
  4. Configure project compilation
  5. add environnement variable: ENABLE_MODULE set to 1
  6. add step (before mingw32-make). => cmake.exe with parameter "."
  7. Close Qt Creator and reopen it using your last session (force files scan)


Just use the run function of Qt Creator

Compilation options

Option Description
ENABLE_MODULE=1 In order to build modules for silenteye, set the following environnement variable to 1
ENABLE_TESTSUITE=1 In order to build testsuites for silenteye, set the following environnement variable to 1
ENABLE_STATIC=1 In order to build application and modules (plugins) in static mode
ENABLE_PACK=1 In order to enable "make install" command (also enable CPack)
BINPATH_VALUE=/usr/bin Change default lib path (install executable to /usr/bin/silenteye)
LIBPATH_VALUE=/usr/lib/silenteye/ Change default lib path (use /usr/lib/silenteye/ and /usr/lib/silenteye/modules/*.so)
CONFPATH_VALUE=/etc/silenteye Change default configuration path (use /etc/silenteye/silenteye.conf and /etc/silenteye/version.xml)
or CONFPATH_USERHOME=1 Change default configuration path (use $HOME/.silenteye/silenteye.conf and $HOME/.silenteye/version.xml)
LOGPATH_VALUE=/var/log/ Change default log path (use /var/log/silenteye.log)
or LOGPATH_USERHOME=1 Change default log path (use $HOME/.silenteye/silenteye.log)
CMNPATH_VALUE=/usr/share/silenteye/ Change default share path (use /usr/share/silenteye/version.xml)
DOCPATH_VALUE=/usr/share/doc Change default doc path (installation only)
PIXPATH_VALUE=/usr/share/pixmaps Change default pixmaps path (installation only)
ENABLE_GNOMEMENU=1 Create gnome menu entry on install (create /usr/share/applications/silenteye.desktop)


SilentEye is a cross-platform application design for an easy use of steganography




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