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This crate aims to provide a complete implementation of OpenPGP as defined by RFC 4880 as well as some extensions (e.g., RFC 6637, which describes ECC cryptography for OpenPGP. This includes support for unbuffered message processing.

A few features that the OpenPGP community considers to be deprecated (e.g., version 3 compatibility) have been left out. We have also updated some OpenPGP defaults to avoid foot guns (e.g., we selected modern algorithm defaults). If some functionality is missing, please file a bug report.

A non-goal of this crate is support for any sort of high-level, bolted-on functionality. For instance, RFC 4880 does not define trust models, such as the web of trust, direct trust, or TOFU. Neither does this crate. RFC 4880 does provide some mechanisms for creating trust models (specifically, UserID certifications), and this crate does expose those mechanisms.

We also try hard to avoid dictating how OpenPGP should be used. This doesn't mean that we don't have opinions about how OpenPGP should be used in a number of common scenarios (for instance, message validation). But, in this crate, we refrain from expressing those opinions; we will expose an opinionated, high-level interface in the future. In order to figure out the most appropriate high-level interfaces, we look at existing users. If you are using Sequoia, please get in contact so that we can learn from your use cases, discuss your opinions, and develop a high-level interface based on these experiences in the future.

Despite ---or maybe because of--- it's unopinionated nature we found it easy to develop opinionated OpenPGP software based on Sequoia.

Experimental Features

This crate implements functionality from RFC 4880bis, notably AEAD encryption containers. As of this writing, this RFC is still a draft and the syntax or semantic defined in it may change or go away. Therefore, all related functionality may change and artifacts created using this functionality may not be usable in the future. Do not use it for things other than experiments.

This crate aims to provide a complete implementation of OpenPGP as defined by RFC 4880 as well as several extensions (e.g., RFC 6637, which describes ECC cryptography for OpenPGP, and RFC 4880bis, the draft of the next OpenPGP standard). This includes support for unbuffered message processing.

Feature flags

This crate uses features to enable or disable optional functionality. You can tweak the features in your Cargo.toml file, like so:

sequoia-openpgp = { version = "*", default-features = false, features = ["crypto-nettle", ...] }

By default, Sequoia is built using Nettle as cryptographic backend with all compression algorithms enabled.

Note that if you use default-features = false, you need to explicitly enable a crypto backend.

Crypto backends

Sequoia supports multiple cryptographic libraries that can be selected at compile time. Currently, these libraries are available:

  • The Nettle cryptographic library. This is the default backend, and is selected by the default feature set. If you use default-features = false, you need to explicitly include the crypto-nettle feature to enable it.

  • The Windows Cryptography API: Next Generation (CNG). To select this backend, use default-features = false, and explicitly include the crypto-cng feature to enable it. Currently, the CNG backend requires at least Windows 10.

Compression algorithms

Use the compression flag to enable support for all compression algorithms, compression-deflate to enable DEFLATE and zlib compression support, and compression-bzip2 to enable bzip2 support.

Minimum Supported Rust Version (MSRV)

sequoia-openpgp requires Rust 1.48.

Dependencies

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~232K SLoC