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Qt/C++ - Tutorial 069. XOR Encryption

XOR, cmake, Qt

XOR-encryption is the application of a key through bitwise exclusive OR to the source text. The mechanism of the bitwise exclusive is the following:

0 0 0
0 1 1
1 0 1
1 1 0

Thus, when executing an exclusive OR, there will always be a zero value if the variables have the same values.

The peculiarity of XOR is that one and the same function can both encrypt data and decrypt it. This is a simple method of data encryption, which can be hacked quickly enough if there is a large enough encrypted text, or a large password dictionary. But nevertheless, this can already be used for small initial data protection.

In the context of Qt, the use of XOR is no different from how the program was written without using Qt. The question here is how to extract data for encryption from QString objects, for example, if the text was entered in QTextEdit.

To do this, write a program that contains:

  • QTextEdit, In which the text will be entered, which will be encrypted.
  • QLineEdit, In which the encryption key will be entered.
  • QPushButton, In the slot of the click handler of which, data encryption / decryption will be performed. Again, I note that the method will be used the same.

The program will look like this:

Project structure

The project is written using CMake, so the structure will be as follows:

  • CMakeLists.txt
  • main.cpp
  • EncoderWidget.h
  • EncoderWidget.cpp

Encryption / decryption function

To implement encryption / decryption it is necessary:

  • The presence of a char array with the original data
  • Length of the array with the original data
  • Key as array char
  • Length of key
  • And also an array with output data.
const char* input;
int inputLength;
const char* key;
int keyLength;

char output[inputLength];

for (int i = 0; i < inputLength + 1; ++i)
    output[i] = input[i] ^ key[i % keyLength + 1];

Slot handler for encryption

As already mentioned, to encrypt the text, you need to correctly extract data from the input fields. To do this, you need to translate the text in the form of a QString string into a QByteArray from which to extract the data in the form of const char *. And also take the length of this data.

There is one point. This from QString in QByteArray is translated using the toLatin1 () method, which will result in data to the ASCII table, which will lead to data corruption if the text was written in Cyrillic. That is, this approach to encryption will be relevant if only symbols from the ASCII table are used, for example, for the login and password.

void EncoderWidget::encodeDecode()

    const char* input = m_textEdit->toPlainText().toLatin1().data();
    int inputLength = m_textEdit->toPlainText().toLatin1().length();
    const char* key = m_keyLineEdit->text().toLatin1().data();
    int keyLength = m_keyLineEdit->text().toLatin1().length();

    char output[inputLength];

    for (int i = 0; i < inputLength + 1; ++i)
        output[i] = input[i] ^ key[i % keyLength + 1];

    m_textEdit->setText(QString::fromLatin1(output, inputLength));


The project can be downloaded from the following link

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Шифрует/дешифрует текст от 8 символов, так и должно быть?

Не обратил внимания на это, Проверял с большим текстом.. По идее не должно.


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April 21, 2019, 9:40 a.m.
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April 21, 2019, 4:22 p.m.
Евгений Легоцкой

Через метод setIcon table.horizontalHeaderItem(0).setIcon("qrc://path/to/icon.png")
April 21, 2019, 3:48 p.m.
Евгений Легоцкой

Добрый день! Спасибо за комментарий. Там действительно лучше будет сделать с инициализацией по умолчанию.
April 18, 2019, 3:37 p.m.

А как иконку в хедер задать?
April 18, 2019, 2:15 a.m.

доброго времени,большое спасибо за пример для начинающего)при адаптации к своему проекту столкнулся с таким ньансом:в vepolyline.h в 47 строке нужна инициализация по умолчанию: int m_pointF...
April 11, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

Спасибо за ответ) У меня компоновщик на нее ругался просто. Оказалось, просто забыл Q_OBJECT в начале класса указать.
Now discuss on the forum
April 24, 2019, 11:22 a.m.
Ruslan Polupan

Согласен. но ситуация не поменялась. Такое чуство что данные не записываются в модель.
April 24, 2019, 6:20 a.m.
Ruslan Polupan

я так понимаю надо инфорация об устройствах.Я бы пробовал так rust@suse:~> lsblk -PNAME="sda" MAJ:MIN="8:0" RM="0" SIZE="111,8G" RO="0" TYPE="disk" MOUNTPOINT=""NAME="sda1" MAJ:MIN="8...
April 21, 2019, 4:16 p.m.
Евгений Легоцкой

Приветствую Нужно сохранять где-то выбранное значение, а потом восстанавливать его. Или использовать QSettings или добавить метод open(), в который передавать начальные значения для того...
April 19, 2019, 9:55 a.m.

мені важко це зараз навіть перевірити, тому що знайшов коміт, це ще було в 2016 році, і цей код не буде працювати коректно зараз, єдине скажу що це були QThread
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