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StatiCrypt uses AES-256 to encrypt your HTML file with your passphrase and return a static page with a password prompt you can safely upload anywhere (see example).

This means you can password protect the content of your static HTML file while still having the whole file completely public, without any back-end - serving it over Netlify, GitHub pages, etc.

You can encrypt a file online in your browser (client side) at, or use the CLI to do it in your build process.


StatiCrypt use the crypto-js library to generate a static, password protected page that can be decrypted in-browser: just send or upload the generated page to a place serving static content (github pages, for example) and you're done: the javascript will prompt users for password, decrypt the page and load your HTML.

It basically encrypts your page and puts everything with a user-friendly way to use a password in the new file.

AES-256 is state of the art but brute-force/dictionary attacks would be trivial to do at a really fast pace: use a long, unusual passphrase.

Disclaimer: The concept is simple and should work ok but I am not a cryptographer, if you have sensitive banking or crypto data you might want to use something else. :)

You can report thoughts and issues to the GitHub project but be warned I might be extremely slow to respond (though the community might help). If a serious security issue is reported I'll try to fix it quickly.


Staticrypt is available through npm as a CLI, install with npm install -g staticrypt (with or without the -g flag). If without the -g flag, you can call the command with npx staticrypt ....

Example usage

These will create a .staticrypt.json file in the current directory, see the FAQ as to why. You can prevent it by setting the --config flag to "false".

Encrypt test.html and create a test_encrypted.html file (add -o my_encrypted_file.html to change the name of the output file):

staticrypt test.html MY_PASSPHRASE

Encrypt all html files in a directory and replace them with encrypted versions ({} will be replaced with each file name by the find command - if you wanted to move the encrypted files to a encrypted/ directory, you could use -o encrypted/{}):

find . -type f -name "*.html" -exec staticrypt {} MY_PASSPHRASE -o {} \;

Encrypt all html files in a directory except the ones ending in _encrypted.html:

find . -type f -name "*.html" -not -name "*_encrypted.html" -exec staticrypt {} MY_PASSPHRASE \;

CLI Reference

Usage: staticrypt <filename> <passphrase> [options]

      --help                    Show help                              [boolean]
      --version                 Show version number                    [boolean]
  -c, --config                  Path to the config file. Set to "false" to
                                disable.  [string] [default: ".staticrypt.json"]
      --decrypt-button          Label to use for the decrypt button. Default:
                                "DECRYPT".         [string] [default: "DECRYPT"]
  -e, --embed                   Whether or not to embed crypto-js in the page
                                (or use an external CDN).
                                                       [boolean] [default: true]
  -f, --file-template           Path to custom HTML template with passphrase
               [string] [default: "/geek/staticrypt/cli/password_template.html"]
  -i, --instructions            Special instructions to display to the user.
                                                          [string] [default: ""]
      --noremember              Set this flag to remove the "Remember me"
                                checkbox.             [boolean] [default: false]
  -o, --output                  File name / path for generated encrypted file.
                                                        [string] [default: null]
      --passphrase-placeholder  Placeholder to use for the passphrase input.
                                                [string] [default: "Passphrase"]
  -r, --remember                Expiration in days of the "Remember me" checkbox
                                that will save the (salted + hashed) passphrase
                                in localStorage when entered by the user.
                                Default: "0", no expiration.
                                                           [number] [default: 0]
      --remember-label          Label to use for the "Remember me" checkbox.
                                               [string] [default: "Remember me"]
  -s, --salt                    Set the salt manually. It should be set if you
                                want use "Remember me" through multiple pages.
                                It needs to be a 32 character long hexadecimal
                                Include the empty flag to generate a random salt
                                you can use: "statycrypt -s".           [string]
  -t, --title                   Title for output HTML page.
                                            [string] [default: "Protected Page"]

"Remember me" checkbox

The CLI will add a "Remember me" checkbox on the password prompt by default (--noremember to disable). If the user checks it, the (salted + hashed) passphrase will be stored in their browser's localStorage and the page will attempt to auto-decrypt when they come back.

If no value is provided the stored passphrase doesn't expire, you can also give it a value in days for how long should the store value be kept with -r NUMBER_OF_DAYS. If the user reconnects to the page after the expiration date the stored value will be cleared.

"Logging out"

You can clear StatiCrypt values in localStorage (effectively "logging out") at any time by appending staticrypt_logout to the URL query parameters (

Encrypting multiple pages

This allows encrypting multiple page on a single domain with the same password: if you check "Remember me", you'll have to enter you password once then all the pages on that domain will automatically decrypt their content. Because the hashed value is stored in the browser's localStorage, this will only work if all the pages are on the same domain name.

Is it secure?

In case the value stored in browser becomes compromised an attacker can decrypt the page, but because it's stored salted and hashed this should still protect against password reuse attack if you've used the passphrase on other websites (of course, please use a unique passphrase nonetheless).


Can I customize the password prompt?

Yes! Just copy cli/password_template.html, modify it to suit your style and point to your template file with the -f path/to/my/file.html flag. Be careful to not break the encrypting javascript part, the variables replaced by StatiCrypt are between curly brackets: {salt}.

Can I prevent the "Remember me" checkbox?

If you don't want the checkbox to be included, you can add the --noremember flag to disable it.

Why do we embed the whole crypto-js library in each encrypted file by default?

Some adblockers used to see the crypto-js.min.js served by CDN, think that's a crypto miner and block it. If you don't want to include it and serve from a CDN instead, you can add --embed false.

Why does StatiCrypt create a config file?

The "Remember me" feature stores the user password hashed and salted in the browser's localStorage, so it needs the salt to be the same each time you encrypt otherwise the user would be logged out when you encrypt the page again. The config file is a way to store the salt in between runs, so you don't have to remember it and pass it manually.

When deciding what salt to use, StatiCrypt will first look for a --salt flag, then try to get the salt from the config file, and if it still doesn't find a salt it will generate a random one. It then saves the salt in the config file.

If you don't want StatiCrypt to create or use the config file, you can set --config false to disable it.

The salt isn't secret, so you don't need to worry about hiding the config file.


Thank you: @AaronCoplan for bringing the CLI to life, @epicfaace & @thomasmarr for sparking the caching of the passphrase in localStorage (allowing the "Remember me" checkbox)

Opening PRs: You're free to open PRs if you're ok with having no response for a (possibly very) long time and me possibly ending up getting inspiration from your proposal but merging something different myself (I'll try to credit you though). Apologies in advance for the delay, and thank you!

If you find a serious security bug please open an issue, I'll try to fix it relatively quickly.

Alternatives is a similar project (I think it predates StatiCrypt). is a fork that uses the WebCrypto browser api to encrypt and decrypt the page, which removes the need for crypto-js. There's a PR open towards here which I haven't checked in detail yet. WebCrypto is only available in HTTPS context (which is annoying people) so it won't work if you're on HTTP.

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