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java-otp is a Java library for generating HOTP (RFC 4226) or TOTP (RFC 6238) one-time passwords.

Getting java-otp

You can download java-otp as a jar file (it has no dependencies) from the GitHub releases page and add it to your project's classpath. If you're using Maven (or something that understands Maven dependencies) to build your project, you can add java-otp as a dependency:


java-otp works with Java 8 or newer. If you need support for versions of Java older than Java 8, you may try using java-otp v0.1 (although it is no longer supported).


To demonstrate generating one-time passwords, we'll focus on the TOTP algorithm. To create a TOTP generator with a default password length (6 digits), time step (30 seconds), and HMAC algorithm (HMAC-SHA1):

final TimeBasedOneTimePasswordGenerator totp = new TimeBasedOneTimePasswordGenerator();

To actually generate time-based one-time passwords, you'll need a key and a timestamp. Secure key management is beyond the scope of this document; for the purposes of an example, though, we'll generate a random key:

final Key key;
    final KeyGenerator keyGenerator = KeyGenerator.getInstance(totp.getAlgorithm());

    // Key length should match the length of the HMAC output (160 bits for SHA-1, 256 bits
    // for SHA-256, and 512 bits for SHA-512).

    key = keyGenerator.generateKey();

Armed with a key, we can deterministically generate one-time passwords for any timestamp:

final Instant now =;
final Instant later =;

System.out.format("Current password: %06d\n", totp.generateOneTimePassword(key, now));
System.out.format("Future password:  %06d\n", totp.generateOneTimePassword(key, later));

…which produces (for one randomly-generated key):

Current password: 164092
Future password:  046148

License and copyright

java-otp is published under the MIT License.

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