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A pure Python Steganography module.

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Stegano, a pure Python Steganography module.

Steganography is the art and science of writing hidden messages in such a way that no one, apart from the sender and intended recipient, suspects the existence of the message, a form of security through obscurity. Consequently, functions provided by Stegano only hide messages, without encryption. Steganography is often used with cryptography.

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$ poetry install stegano

You will be able to use Stegano in your Python programs.

If you only want to install Stegano as a command line tool:

$ pipx install stegano

pipx installs scripts (system wide available) provided by Python packages into separate virtualenvs to shield them from your system and each other.


A tutorial is available.

Use Stegano as a library in your Python program

If you want to use Stegano in your Python program you just have to import the appropriate steganography technique. For example:

>>> from stegano import lsb
>>> secret = lsb.hide("./tests/sample-files/Lenna.png", "Hello World")
>>> clear_message = lsb.reveal("./Lenna-secret.png")

Use Stegano as a command line tool

Hide and reveal a message

$ stegano-lsb hide -i ./tests/sample-files/Lenna.png -m "Secret Message" -o Lena1.png
$ stegano-lsb reveal -i Lena1.png
Secret Message

Hide the message with the Sieve of Eratosthenes

$ stegano-lsb hide -i ./tests/sample-files/Lenna.png -m 'Secret Message' --generator eratosthenes -o Lena2.png

The message will be scattered in the picture, following a set described by the Sieve of Eratosthenes. Other sets are available. You can also use your own generators.

This will make a steganalysis more complicated.

Running the tests

$ python -m unittest discover -v

Running the static type checker:

$ mypy stegano


Contributions are welcome. If you want to contribute to Stegano I highly recommend you to install it in a Python virtual environment with poetry.


This software is licensed under GNU General Public License version 3

Copyright (C) 2010-2022 Cédric Bonhomme

For more information, the list of authors and contributors is available.

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