X25519.7ssl man page

X25519, X448 — EVP_PKEY X25519 and X448 support


The X25519 and X448 EVP_PKEY implementation supports key generation and key derivation using X25519 and X448. It has associated private and public key formats compatible with draft-ietf-curdle-pkix-03.

No additional parameters can be set during key generation.

The peer public key must be set using EVP_PKEY_derive_set_peer() when performing key derivation.


A context for the X25519 algorithm can be obtained by calling:

 EVP_PKEY_CTX *pctx = EVP_PKEY_CTX_new_id(EVP_PKEY_X25519, NULL);

For the X448 algorithm a context can be obtained by calling:


X25519 or X448 private keys can be set directly using EVP_PKEY_new_raw_private_key(3) or loaded from a PKCS#8 private key file using PEM_read_bio_PrivateKey(3) (or similar function). Completely new keys can also be generated (see the example below). Setting a private key also sets the associated public key.

X25519 or X448 public keys can be set directly using EVP_PKEY_new_raw_public_key(3) or loaded from a SubjectPublicKeyInfo structure in a PEM file using PEM_read_bio_PUBKEY(3) (or similar function).


This example generates an X25519 private key and writes it to standard output in PEM format:

 #include <openssl/evp.h>
 #include <openssl/pem.h>
 EVP_PKEY *pkey = NULL;
 EVP_PKEY_CTX *pctx = EVP_PKEY_CTX_new_id(EVP_PKEY_X25519, NULL);
 EVP_PKEY_keygen(pctx, &pkey);
 PEM_write_PrivateKey(stdout, pkey, NULL, NULL, 0, NULL, NULL);

The key derivation example in EVP_PKEY_derive(3) can be used with X25519 and X448.

See Also

EVP_PKEY_CTX_new(3), EVP_PKEY_keygen(3), EVP_PKEY_derive(3), EVP_PKEY_derive_set_peer(3)

Referenced By

The man page X448.7ssl(7) is an alias of X25519.7ssl(7).

2020-02-17 1.1.1d OpenSSL