Tutorial: Java DES Encryption And Decryption

The Data Encryption Standard (DES) is a block cipher (a form of shared secret encryption) that was selected by the National Bureau of Standards as an official Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) for the United States in 1976 and which has subsequently enjoyed widespread use internationally. It is based on a symmetric-key algorithm that uses a 56-bit key. The algorithm was initially controversial with classified design elements, a relatively short key length, and suspicions about a National Security Agency (NSA) backdoor. DES consequently came under intense academic scrutiny which motivated the modern understanding of block ciphers and their cryptanalysis.

DES is now considered to be insecure for many applications. This is chiefly due to the 56-bit key size being too small; in January, 1999, distributed.net and the Electronic Frontier Foundation collaborated to publicly break a DES key in 22 hours and 15 minutes. There are also some analytical results which demonstrate theoretical weaknesses in the cipher, although they are unfeasible to mount in practice. The algorithm is believed to be practically secure in the form of Triple DES, although there are theoretical attacks. In recent years, the cipher has been superseded by the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

In some documentation, a distinction is made between DES as a standard and DES the algorithm which is referred to as the DEA (the Data Encryption Algorithm). (Source: Wikipedia. See LicenseTerms)

In the following tutorial, I have tried to demonstrate in a very simple way:

  • How to do a DES Encryption of a plain text
  • How to decrypt a text that has once been encrypted using DES Encryption

Note that there is a secretKey involved (myEncryptionKey).

 * Author - Kushal Paudyal
 * www.sanjaal.com/java
 * Last Modified On 06-19-2009
package com.kushal.utils;

import java.security.spec.KeySpec;

import javax.crypto.Cipher;
import javax.crypto.SecretKey;
import javax.crypto.SecretKeyFactory;
import javax.crypto.spec.DESKeySpec;
import sun.misc.BASE64Decoder;
import sun.misc.BASE64Encoder;

public class DESEncryption {

	private static final String UNICODE_FORMAT = "UTF8";
	public static final String DES_ENCRYPTION_SCHEME = "DES";
	private KeySpec myKeySpec;
	private SecretKeyFactory mySecretKeyFactory;
	private Cipher cipher;
	byte[] keyAsBytes;
	private String myEncryptionKey;
	private String myEncryptionScheme;
	SecretKey key;

	public DESEncryption() throws Exception
		myEncryptionKey = "ThisIsSecretEncryptionKey";
		myEncryptionScheme = DES_ENCRYPTION_SCHEME;
		keyAsBytes = myEncryptionKey.getBytes(UNICODE_FORMAT);
		myKeySpec = new DESKeySpec(keyAsBytes);
		mySecretKeyFactory = SecretKeyFactory.getInstance(myEncryptionScheme);
		cipher = Cipher.getInstance(myEncryptionScheme);
		key = mySecretKeyFactory.generateSecret(myKeySpec);

	 * Method To Encrypt The String
	public String encrypt(String unencryptedString) {
		String encryptedString = null;
		try {
			cipher.init(Cipher.ENCRYPT_MODE, key);
			byte[] plainText = unencryptedString.getBytes(UNICODE_FORMAT);
			byte[] encryptedText = cipher.doFinal(plainText);
			BASE64Encoder base64encoder = new BASE64Encoder();
			encryptedString = base64encoder.encode(encryptedText);
		} catch (Exception e) {
		return encryptedString;
	 * Method To Decrypt An Ecrypted String
	public String decrypt(String encryptedString) {
		String decryptedText=null;
		try {
			cipher.init(Cipher.DECRYPT_MODE, key);
			BASE64Decoder base64decoder = new BASE64Decoder();
			byte[] encryptedText = base64decoder.decodeBuffer(encryptedString);
			byte[] plainText = cipher.doFinal(encryptedText);
			decryptedText= bytes2String(plainText);
		} catch (Exception e) {
		return decryptedText;
	 * Returns String From An Array Of Bytes
	private static String bytes2String(byte[] bytes) {
		StringBuffer stringBuffer = new StringBuffer();
		for (int i = 0; i < bytes.length; i++) {
			stringBuffer.append((char) bytes[i]);
		return stringBuffer.toString();

	 * Testing the DES Encryption And Decryption Technique
	public static void main(String args []) throws Exception
		DESEncryption myEncryptor= new DESEncryption();

		String stringToEncrypt="Sanjaal.com";
		String encrypted=myEncryptor.encrypt(stringToEncrypt);
		String decrypted=myEncryptor.decrypt(encrypted);

		System.out.println("String To Encrypt: "+stringToEncrypt);
		System.out.println("Encrypted Value :" + encrypted);
		System.out.println("Decrypted Value :"+decrypted);



Here is the sample output:

String To Encrypt:Sanjaal.com
Encrypted Value: x57YpwPaa4Wa4kIAURuT1A==
Decrypted Value :Sanjaal.com