What is CrypTool 1

CrypTool 1 (CT1) is an open-source Windows program for cryptography and cryptanalysis. It’s the most wide-spreaded e-learning software of its kind.

What is CrypTool 2?

CrypTool 2 (CT2) is an open-source program offering an innovative visual programming GUI to experiment with cryptographic procedures and to animate their cascades.

What is JCrypTool?

JCrypTool (JCT) is an open-source e-learning platform, allowing to experiment comprehensively with cryptography on Linux, MAC OS X, and Windows.

What is CrypTool-Online?

CrypTool-Online (CTO) runs in a browser and provides a huge variety of encryption methods and analysis tools including many illustrated examples.

What is MysteryTwister C3?

MysteryTwister C3 (MTC3) is an international Crypto Cipher Contest offering a broad variety of challenges, a moderated forum and an ongoing hall-of-fame.

CrypTool 1 (CT1) is a free, open-source Windows program for cryptography and cryptanalysis. It is available in 5 languages and the most wide-spreaded e-learning software of its kind. It supports both contemporary teaching methods at schools and universities as well as awareness training for employees and civil servants. The program can be downloaded here.
Originally designed as an internal business application for information security training, CrypTool 1 has since developed into an important open-source project in the field of cryptology and IT security awareness. CrypTool 1 is written in C++.


The current version of CrypTool 1 offers the following highlights:
  • Numerous classic and modern cryptographic algorithms (encryption and decryption, key generation, secure passwords, authentication, secure protocols, etc.)
  • Visualization of several algorithms (Caesar, Enigma, RSA, Diffie-Hellman, digital signatures, AES, etc.)
  • Cryptanalysis of several algorithms (Vigenère, RSA, AES, etc.)
  • Cryptanalytical measurement methods (entropy, n-grams, autocorrelation, etc.)
  • Related auxiliary methods (primality tests, factorization, base64 encoding, etc.)
  • Number theory tutorial
  • Comprehensive online help
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