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About CrypTool 2

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CrypTool 2 is the modern successor of CrypTool 1, the well-known e-learning platform for cryptography and cryptanalysis.

Modern Plug’n’Play Interface / Visual Programming

CrypTool 2 provides a graphical user interface for visual programming. So workflows can be visualized and controlled to enable intuitive manipulation and interaction of cryptographic functions.
The vector-oriented GUI is based on the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and gives users the ability to scale the current view at will.

CrypTool 2 follows the Microsoft Office 2007 User Interface Design Guideline, providing a consistent and rich user experience.

Plug'n'Play

Visualization of Algorithms

The same component used for visual workflow programming can also visualize its inner operation. This makes it handy for the user to comprehend all the details of a cryptographic algorithm while seeing the bigger picture of how this algorithm may be used in a real-life scenario.

Visualisation of Algorithms

Comprehensive Cryptanalysis Functions

CrypTool 2 provides a variety of cryptanalytical tools to analyze or even break classical and modern ciphers. With the current version you can, for instance, apply a ciphertext-only attack on an Enigma-encrypted ciphertext. Plenty of other cryptanalysis functions are also available, such as performing frequency tests to find n-grams and assessing the length of a codeword used for a polyalphabetic cipher (such as the Vigenère(Vigenere) cipher).

Frequency Test

Integrated Online-Help

Integrated Online Help

It has always been essential for every version of CrypTool to come with thorough documentation about its functions. Whenever the user presses F1 on their keyboard, corresponding information about the function currently selected appears. The online help comprises instructions about using the function as well as a theoretical background and references for further reading on the topic.


Open Source

CrypTool always was and always will be an open source project. CrypTool 2 is licensed under the Apache Open Source Licence 2.0.

Anyone interested in adding functionality is welcome to do so. CrypTool 2 is based on the latest .NET Framework (currently .NET 4.0) and has a pure-plugin architecture, which makes it very easy for new volunteers to develop additional functions. A new developer can fully concentrate on the functional aspects of his or her plugin and must merely implement some rather simple interfaces to integrate in the core system.

With the How-to and because all current components are open source, you can get an easy start.

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