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πŸ¦• stego is a steganographic swiss army knife.

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stego is a steganographic swiss army knife.


  • Cross platform (MacOS, Windows, Linux)
  • Encoding and decoding of images/text/binary files into photos (audio/video coming soon)
  • Fast and nearly undetectable encoding (to the human eye).
  • Smart
    detection (try piping to
    instead of using
  • lossless decoding of data
  • Simple, stateless CLI
  • Zero system-dependencies (standalone binary)

βš’ Usage

# Text encoding/decoding

Encodes the message "Hello, Stego!" into the provided image

stego encode text --input image.png --output encoded-image.png --payload "Hello, Stego!"

Decodes and prints out the encoded message ("Hello, Stego!") hidden in the provided image

stego decode text --input encoded-image.png

File encoding/decoding

Encodes the file hidden.docx into the provided image

stego encode file --input image.png --output encoded-image.png --payload hidden.docx

Decodes and saves the content to decoded.docx from the provided image

stego decode file --input encoded-image.png --output decoded.docx

Stdin detection (for text-encoding)

echo "Hello, Stego!" | stego encode text --input image.png --output encoded-image.png


stego --help stego encode --help stego decode --help

πŸ“¦ Installation

cargo install stego


git clone
cd stego
cargo install --path ./ --force

πŸš₯ Roadmap

  • [x] CLI
  • [x] Encoding / Decoding of text
  • [x] Encoding / Decoding of images (currently broken see #5)
  • [x] Encoding / Decoding of binary files
  • [x] Add logging
  • [ ] Better error handling/messages
  • [ ] Add file encryption
  • [ ] Add file compression
  • [ ] CI/Test suite
  • [ ] Trait based API for custom datatypes
  • [ ] bincode support
  • [ ] Encoding / Decoding of audio files
  • [ ] Encoding / Decoding of video files
  • [ ] Jurassic Park
  • [ ] Another mass extinction
  • [ ] ???

🀝 Acknowledgments & Contributors

wouldn't be possible without:

was inspired by: -


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