Feb 17, 2023 1 min read

How do I install pycrypto on windows?

How do I install pycrypto on windows?
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The pycrypto library is not actively maintained and it's recommended to use other cryptography libraries instead. However, if you still need to install pycrypto on Windows, you can follow these steps:

  1. Install a compatible version of Python. pycrypto works with Python 2.7 or earlier versions of Python 3. You can download and install Python from the official website: https://www.python.org/downloads/
  2. Download the pycrypto package. You can download the package from the official website: https://www.dlitz.net/software/pycrypto/
  3. Install Microsoft Visual C++ 9.0. pycrypto requires Microsoft Visual C++ 9.0 to be installed on your system. You can download and install it from the following link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=44266

Install pycrypto using the command prompt. Open a command prompt and navigate to the folder where you downloaded the pycrypto package. Then, use the following command to install pycrypto:

python setup.py install

Verify the installation. To verify that pycrypto is installed correctly, open a Python shell and import the Crypto module:

>>> from Crypto.Cipher import AES

If you encounter any errors during the installation process, try to follow the error message or search for solutions online. Again, I would recommend looking into other cryptography libraries like cryptography or pycryptodome which are more actively maintained and offer more features.

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