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Node.js bindings for argon2, the winner of the Password Hashing Competition (PHC), and the current recommendation for password storage by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).

argon2-ffi supports NodeJS LTS releases and the current NodeJS release. Calling CPU-intensive tasks like password hashing and validation are performed asynchronously by dispatching the work to a separate thread pool using node-ffi, which in turn uses libuv, so your main application can continue to do other work while these tasks are executed. All asynchronous operations return Promises, with a type defined by any-promise.


npm install --save argon2-ffi


This module exports argon2i and argon2d. These are two variants of argon2 with different use-cases and tradeoffs. To find which one you should use, refer to the argon2 repo.

Hashing a password

var argon2i = require('argon2-ffi').argon2i;
// var argon2d = require('argon2-ffi').argon2d; if you'd like to use argon2d
var crypto = require('crypto');
var Promise = require('bluebird');
var randomBytes = Promise.promisify(crypto.randomBytes);
var password = 'password1'; // Can also be a Buffer
randomBytes(32).then(salt => argon2i.hash(password, salt))
  .then(console.log); // $argon2i$v=19$m=4096,t=3,p=1$c2FsdHlzYWx0$oG0js25z7kM30xSg9+nAKtU0hrPa0UnvRnqQRZXHCV8

In this example, crypto.randomBytes is used to generate a salt. This is the best practice as the salt is guaranteed to be cryptographically secure. However, you can of course use your own buffer.

.hash takes a few options, too! You can specify timeCost (default 3), memoryCost (default 4096), parallelism (default 1), and hashLength (default 32). Changing any of these parameters will have an effect on the output hash.

var argon2i = require('argon2-ffi').argon2i;
var crypto = require('crypto');
var Promise = require('bluebird');
var randomBytes = Promise.promisify(crypto.randomBytes);
var password = new Buffer('password1');
var options = { timeCost: 4, memoryCost: 1 << 14, parallelism: 2, hashLength: 64 };
randomBytes(32).then(salt => argon2i.hash(password, salt, options))
  .then(console.log); // $argon2i$v=19$m=16384,t=4,p=2$c2FsdHlzYWx0$gwJY/FsXNSR3aS1ChVTgDZ9HbF3V7sbbYE5UmQsdXFHB4Tt6/RVtFWGIIJnzZ62nL9miurrvJnxhvORK64ddFg

The result of running .hash is a string that encodes all of the options used to produce the hash, so to verify passwords later, this string is all you need, as we'll see in the next section.

Verifying a password

var argon2i = require('argon2-ffi').argon2i;
var encodedHash = "$argon2i$v=19$m=4096,t=3,p=1$c2FsdHlzYWx0$oG0js25z7kM30xSg9+nAKtU0hrPa0UnvRnqQRZXHCV8";
var password = new Buffer('password1');
argon2i.verify(encodedHash, password)
  .then(correct => console.log(correct ? 'Correct password!' : 'Incorrect password'));

Differences from node-argon2

argon2-ffi was originally written to address an issue with running node-argon2 in a web server. This was a non-starter for my own projects. By using node-ffi, argon2-ffi was able to circumvent the problems node-argon2 had with Promises. node-argon2 has since resolved this issue. argon2-ffi also returned Promises with any-promise, but this has since been implemented in node-argon2 as well. Today, the practical differences between the two libraries are only in the public APIs.


To build:

git submodule init
git submodule update
node-gyp rebuild
npm run build




npm i argon2-ffi

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