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One tool to manage key generation, key storing and encryption on different APIs of Android.

As you may know Android provides API to use

that is stored in system only from API 18. They introduced AndroidKeyStore provider that is responsible for managing this.

But as always there are underwater stones. Up to API 23 you are only able to create asymmetric keys using

provider. Also algorithms that you can use are limited. And what about devices below API 18?

I've create API that wraps default JCA API and

API and makes it easy to create, manage and use your keys on any Android API.


// Create and save key
Store store = new Store(getApplicationContext());
if (!store.hasKey("test")) {
   SecretKey key = store.generateSymmetricKey("test", null);

// Get key SecretKey key = store.getSymmetricKey("test", null);

// Encrypt/Decrypt data Crypto crypto = new Crypto(Options.TRANSFORMATION_SYMMETRIC); String text = "Sample text";

String encryptedData = crypto.encrypt(text, key); Log.i("Scytale", "Encrypted data: " + encryptedData);

String decryptedData = crypto.decrypt(encryptedData, key); Log.i("Scytale", "Decrypted data: " + decryptedData);

How it works?

Depending on what key you need and what Android you are using, API will create

file in application inner cache or will use
to hold keys. Key generation will be also made with different API. The tables below show what will be used in different cases.

In case you want to generate and save


| API | Application Keystore | AndroidKeyStore | |:-----:|:--------------------:|:---------------:| |

< 18
| | |
>= 18
| |

In case you want to generate and save


| API | Application Keystore | AndroidKeyStore | |:-----:|:--------------------:|:---------------:| |

< 23
| | |
>= 23
| |

After calling one of

methods, key will be automatically stored in

To store asymmetric

we need to provide
. And of course there is no default API to do that.


devices it's pretty easy, Google did it for us.


pre 18
there is one 3rd party library that can create self signed
. It is called Bouncy Castle and is available on Maven as well. But after some research I found that Google copied this library to their API but made it private. Why? Don't ask me...

So I decided to make it like this:

  • API will try to get Google Bouncy Castle using reflection (I've checked it on few APIs and it seems to work well)
  • If Google version is missing, API will try to get 3rd party Bouncy Castle library. It will use reflection as well. This has two advantages:
    • You can add this API for 18+ devices without any additional libraries.
    • You can run this API on pre 18 devices without any additional libraries as well. And in case some device will miss Google hidden API you will receive an error and then include Bouncy Castle to project. This is pretty cool if you are getting error on 15 API but your min project API is 16, and there is no errors on it.

In general it creates simple interface to work with

using API provided by Java and different versions of Android.

Extended Usage

Instead of using

generateAsymmetricKey(@NonNull String alias, char[] password)
method you can use
generateAsymmetricKey(@NonNull KeyProps keyProps)
one, and define key with specific options.
// Create store with specific name and password
Store store = new Store(context, STORE_NAME, STORE_PASSWORD);

final String alias = "alias"; final char[] password = "password".toCharArray(); final int keysize = 512;

final Calendar start = Calendar.getInstance(); final Calendar end = Calendar.getInstance(); end.add(Calendar.YEAR, 1);

// Create a key store params, some of them are specific per platform // Check KeyProps doc for more info KeyProps keyProps = new KeyProps.Builder() .setAlias(alias) .setPassword(password) .setKeySize(keysize) .setKeyType("RSA") .setSerialNumber(BigInteger.ONE) .setSubject(new X500Principal("CN=" + alias + " CA Certificate")) .setStartDate(start.getTime()) .setEndDate(end.getTime()) .setBlockModes("ECB") .setEncryptionPaddings("PKCS1Padding") .setSignatureAlgorithm("SHA256WithRSAEncryption") .build();

// Generate KeyPair depending on KeyProps KeyPair keyPair = store.generateAsymmetricKey(keyProps);

// Encrypt/Dencrypt data using buffer with or without Initialisation Vectors // This additional level of safety is required on 23 API level for // some algorithms. Specify encryption/decryption block size to use buffer for // large data when using block based algorithms (such as RSA)

final int encryptionBlockSize = keysize / 8 - 11; // as specified for RSA/ECB/PKCS1Padding keys final int decryptionBlockSize = keysize / 8; // as specified for RSA/ECB/PKCS1Padding keys

Crypto crypto = new Crypto("RSA/ECB/PKCS1Padding", encryptionBlockSize, decryptionBlockSize);

String text = "Sample text"; String encryptedData = crypto.encrypt(text, key, false); String decryptedData = crypto.decrypt(encryptedData, key, false);


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compile 'com.yakivmospan:scytale:1.0.1'

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