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Ruby implementation of Paseto using libsodium that currently only supports Version 2.

Paseto (Platform-Agnostic SEcurity TOkens) is a specification for secure stateless tokens.


To use Paseto, you will need to install libsodium (at least version 1.0.12 is required). See Installing libsodium for installation instructions.

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'paseto'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install paseto


For all examples:

require 'paseto'

Signing Plaintext Public Messages

Public = Paseto::V2::Public
key = Public::SecretKey.generate
token = key.sign('too many secrets')

saved_key = key.public_key.encode64 # you can save this string to a db
decoded_key = Public::PublicKey.decode64(saved_key)
decoded_key.verify(token) # => 'too many secrets'

Encrypting Messages with a Shared Secret

Key = Paseto::V2::Local::Key
key = Key.generate
token = key.encrypt('a fancy message')

saved_key = key.encode64 # a base64 string representation of the key
decoded_key = Key.decode64(saved_key)
decoded_key.decrypt(token) # => 'a fancy message'

Using the Message Footer

The message footer is transmitted plaintext, and can be used for key lookup. Note that you still must always verify the token via #decrypt, or #verify, as this also verifies the integrity of the footer:

Local = Paseto::V2::Local
token = Paseto.parse(raw_data)
# NOTE: this has not yet been verified! You will always want to call
# .decrypt or .verify *immediately* after using this value. Otherwise, you
# will be using data that has not been authenticated.
kid = token.footer

saved_key = database.find_key(kid) # find the previously stored key
decoded_key = Local::Key.decode64(saved_key)
decoded_key.decrypt(token) # => 'too many secrets'


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at[USERNAME]/paseto. This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.

Code of Conduct

Everyone interacting in the Paseto project’s codebases, issue trackers, chat rooms and mailing lists is expected to follow the code of conduct.

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