Welcome to GnuTLS project pages

  • Overview

    GnuTLS is a secure communications library implementing the SSL, TLS and DTLS protocols and technologies around them. It provides a simple C language application programming interface (API) to access the secure communications protocols as well as APIs to parse and write X.509, PKCS #12, OpenPGP and other required structures. It is aimed to be portable and efficient with focus on security and interoperability.

  • Features
    • Support for TLS 1.2, TLS 1.1, TLS 1.0, and SSL 3.0 protocols
    • Support for DTLS 1.2, and DTLS 1.0, protocols
    • Support for certificate path validation, as well as DANE and trust on first use.
    • Support for the Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP).
    • Support for multiple certificate types including X.509 and OpenPGP certificates.
    • Support for public key methods, including RSA and Elliptic curves, as well as password and key authentication methods such as SRP and PSK protocols.
    • Support for all the strong encryption algorithms, including AES and Camellia.
    • Support for CPU-assisted cryptography with VIA padlock and AES-NI instruction sets.
    • Support for cryptographic accelerator drivers via /dev/crypto.
    • Supports natively HSMs and cryptographic tokens, via PKCS #11 and the Trusted Platform Module (TPM).
    • Runs on most Unix platforms and Windows.
  • License

    The core library licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1 (LGPLv2.1+). The LGPL license is compatible with a wide range of free licenses, and even permit you to use GnuTLS in non-free proprietary programs.

For more information on GnuTLS features, see the wikipedia article comparing different TLS implementations.

News flashes  
2014-09-18

Released GnuTLS 3.3.8, and 3.2.18, which are bug-fix releases on the next, and current stable branches respectively.

2014-08-31

Updated GnuTLS' the paperback manual for version 3.3.7.

2014-08-24

Released GnuTLS 3.3.7, GnuTLS 3.2.17, GnuTLS 3.1.26, which are bug-fix releases on the next, current and previous stable branches respectively.

2014-07-29

The development plans for GnuTLS 3.4 are posted on the wiki pages on gitorious.