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Python implementation of FIPS SHA3 and SHAKE
Python C

python-sha3 (0.2 beta)

Build Status October 18, 2015

This module implements the SHA-3 standard as defined in FIPS202: "SHA-3 Standard: Permutation-Based Hash and Extendable-Output Functions". More specifically, it implements the constructs:

  • SHA3-224
  • SHA3-256
  • SHA3-384
  • SHA3-512
  • SHAKE128
  • SHAKE256

The module is written as a Python C extension on top of optimized implementation available on the Keccak website. This yields better performance than the pure Python implementation that is available. The code is tested on various versions of Python 2 and 3.

Please Note

The FIPS202 specification is slightly different from the Keccak version that won the SHA-3 competition a few years ago. Many of the "sha3" or "keccak" libraries out there (including many for Python) are not FIPS202 compatible, so they compute different results.

This module aims to be FIPS202 compatible.



The SHA3* functions are written to be as similar as possible to hashlib:

Sample usage:

import sha3
s = sha3.SHA3512() # also 224, 256, 384, 512
                   # also exposed as the function sha3.sha3_512(...)

Importing the sha3 module will also add the new modules to hashlib.

>>> import hashlib
>>> import sha3
>>> hashlib.sha3_512('foo')
<sha3.SHA3512 object at 0x7fcd0fcb7590>


The SHAKE functions are Extendable-Output Functions (XOF:s) which are different from hash functions. The interface is similar to hashlib. You can either give the output length (in bits) at initialization time or digest computation time:

Alternative 1:

sk = sha3.SHAKE128(512) # also SHAKE256

Alternative 2:

sk = sha3.SHAKE128() # also SHAKE256


python build

This will require a C compiler, as usual, and also the Python development headers.

Optionally, if you want to build a debian package:

debuild -d -us -uc


The test/ directory contains a bunch of unit tests. By convention the runnable unit tests have a name that begins with test_, such as the test/ suite. You can run all the tests with nosetests:

$ nosetests test/
Ran 1530 tests in 0.155s


  • This module limits itself to FIPS202 behavior, so none if the advanced Keccak behavior are available at the moment.
  • At the moment, this code work on byte strings only (i.e. input and output strings must be a multiple if 8 bits).
  • Calling the C module directly is a little bit flaky, so it's recommended you only use the functions and classes available from import sha3.
  • The current implementation most likely has a bug or two, though the unit test coverage is fairly extensive.

More Information

Please refer to the Keccak website for more information:


This Python module is copyright Björn Edström 2012, 2015

The code is heavily based on the Keccak reference which is available here:

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