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EVP_PKEY_set1_encoded_public_key.3ossl - Man Page

functions to set and get public key data within an EVP_PKEY


 #include <openssl/evp.h>

 int EVP_PKEY_set1_encoded_public_key(EVP_PKEY *pkey,
                                      const unsigned char *pub, size_t publen);

 size_t EVP_PKEY_get1_encoded_public_key(EVP_PKEY *pkey, unsigned char **ppub);

The following functions have been deprecated since OpenSSL 3.0, and can be hidden entirely by defining OPENSSL_API_COMPAT with a suitable version value, see openssl_user_macros(7):

 int EVP_PKEY_set1_tls_encodedpoint(EVP_PKEY *pkey,
                                    const unsigned char *pt, size_t ptlen);

 size_t EVP_PKEY_get1_tls_encodedpoint(EVP_PKEY *pkey, unsigned char **ppt);


EVP_PKEY_set1_encoded_public_key() can be used to set the public key value within an existing EVP_PKEY object. For the built-in OpenSSL algorithms this currently only works for those that support key exchange. Parameters are not set as part of this operation, so typically an application will create an EVP_PKEY first, set the parameters on it, and then call this function. For example setting the parameters might be done using EVP_PKEY_copy_parameters(3).

The format for the encoded public key will depend on the algorithm in use. For DH it should be encoded as a positive integer in big-endian form. For EC is should be a point conforming to Sec. 2.3.4 of the SECG SEC 1 ("Elliptic Curve Cryptography") standard. For X25519 and X448 it should be encoded in a format as defined by RFC7748.

The key to be updated is supplied in pkey. The buffer containing the encoded key is pointed to be pub. The length of the buffer is supplied in publen.

EVP_PKEY_get1_encoded_public_key() does the equivalent operation except that the encoded public key is returned to the application. The key containing the public key data is supplied in pkey. A buffer containing the encoded key will be allocated and stored in *ppub. The length of the encoded public key is returned by the function. The application is responsible for freeing the allocated buffer.

The macro EVP_PKEY_set1_tls_encodedpoint() is deprecated and simply calls EVP_PKEY_set1_encoded_public_key() with all the same arguments. New applications should use EVP_PKEY_set1_encoded_public_key() instead.

The macro EVP_PKEY_get1_tls_encodedpoint() is deprecated and simply calls EVP_PKEY_get1_encoded_public_key() with all the same arguments. New applications should use EVP_PKEY_get1_encoded_public_key() instead.

Return Values

EVP_PKEY_set1_encoded_public_key() returns 1 for success and 0 or a negative value for failure.

EVP_PKEY_get1_encoded_public_key() returns the length of the encoded key or 0 for failure.


See EVP_PKEY_derive_init(3) and EVP_PKEY_derive(3) for information about performing a key exchange operation.

Set up a peer's EVP_PKEY ready for a key exchange operation

 #include <openssl/evp.h>

 int exchange(EVP_PKEY *ourkey, unsigned char *peer_pub, size_t peer_pub_len)
     EVP_PKEY *peerkey = EVP_PKEY_new();

     if (peerkey == NULL || EVP_PKEY_copy_parameters(peerkey, ourkey) <= 0)
         return 0;

     if (EVP_PKEY_set1_encoded_public_key(peerkey, peer_pub,
                                          peer_pub_len) <= 0)
         return 0;

     /* Do the key exchange here */


     return 1;

Get an encoded public key to send to a peer

 #include <openssl/evp.h>

 int get_encoded_pub_key(EVP_PKEY *ourkey)
     unsigned char *pubkey;
     size_t pubkey_len;

    pubkey_len = EVP_PKEY_get1_encoded_public_key(ourkey, &pubkey);
    if (pubkey_len == 0)
        return 0;

     * Send the encoded public key stored in the buffer at "pubkey" and of
     * length pubkey_len, to the peer.

    return 1;

See Also

EVP_PKEY_new(3), EVP_PKEY_copy_parameters(3), EVP_PKEY_derive_init(3), EVP_PKEY_derive(3), EVP_PKEY-DH(7), EVP_PKEY-EC(7), EVP_PKEY-X25519(7), EVP_PKEY-X448(7)


EVP_PKEY_set1_encoded_public_key() and EVP_PKEY_get1_encoded_public_key() were added in OpenSSL 3.0.

EVP_PKEY_set1_tls_encodedpoint() and EVP_PKEY_get1_tls_encodedpoint() were deprecated in OpenSSL 3.0.

Referenced By

EVP_PKEY_ASN1_METHOD.3ossl(3), ossl-guide-migration.7ossl(7).

The man pages EVP_PKEY_get1_encoded_public_key.3ossl(3), EVP_PKEY_get1_tls_encodedpoint.3ossl(3) and EVP_PKEY_set1_tls_encodedpoint.3ossl(3) are aliases of EVP_PKEY_set1_encoded_public_key.3ossl(3).

2024-07-09 3.2.2 OpenSSL