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Encryption / Password Hashing

The following method requires a library called sjcl, You can install it by running npm install sjcl in your terminal.


Hashing a Password

Used to create a hash of a password using pbkdf2.

import sjcl from 'sjcl';

 * Hash a password with pbkdf2
 * @param {string} password
 * @returns {string} A password hash.
export function hashPassword(password) {
    const saltBits = sjcl.random.randomWords(2, 0);
    const salt = sjcl.codec.base64.fromBits(saltBits);
    const key = sjcl.codec.base64.fromBits(sjcl.misc.pbkdf2(password, saltBits, 2000, 256));
    return `${key}$${salt}`;

Verifying a Password

Used to verify a password against the hash of that password.

import sjcl from 'sjcl';

 * Verify a password matches with pbkdf2.
 * @param {string} password
 * @param {string} storedPasswordHash
 * @returns {bool} true if correct password
export function verifyPassword(password, storedPasswordHash) {
    const [_key, _salt] = storedPasswordHash.split('$');
    const saltBits = sjcl.codec.base64.toBits(_salt);
    const derivedKey = sjcl.misc.pbkdf2(password, saltBits, 2000, 256);
    const derivedBaseKey = sjcl.codec.base64.fromBits(derivedKey);

    if (_key != derivedBaseKey) {
        return false;

    return true;

Real World Example


const hash = hashPassword('test');
const isCorrectPassword = verifyPassword('test', hash);

if (isCorrectPassword) {
    console.log(`That was a correct password.`);

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