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johu, 02/05/2010 01:57 AM

Blowfish Encryption


Blowfish is a keyed, symmetric block cipher, designed in 1993 by Bruce Schneier and included in a large number of cipher suites and encryption products. Blowfish provides a good encryption rate in software and no effective cryptanalysis of it has been found to date. However, the Advanced Encryption Standard now receives more attention. Schneier designed Blowfish as a general-purpose algorithm, intended as a replacement for the aging DES and free of the problems and constraints associated with other algorithms. At the time Blowfish was released, many other designs were proprietary, encumbered by patents or were commercial/government secrets. Schneier has stated that, "Blowfish is unpatented, and will remain so in all countries. The algorithm is hereby placed in the public domain, and can be freely used by anyone."[1]

IRC Profit

Blowfish can be used in IRC to encrypt messages between 2 persons in a query or messages in a channel and the topic too.


  • In XChat2, Irssi3 and mIRC4 Blowfish support can be enabled with the FiSH plugin5.
  • Konversation6 has a built in Blowfish support


Related Issues

  • #689 Blowfish Support (in development)
  • #61 Encrypted query (closed, will not implemented)


The current development state can be found at

Get the source

git clone git://


There are two possible ways to implement Blowfish support in Quassel architecture:

a) Client side de- and encryption

Client de- and encryption

b) Core side de- and encryption

Core de- and encryption