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emails, files, hard drives, server certificates and online accounts

Nitrokey enables

  • Secure Login

    Login to websites (e.g. Google, Facebook) using secure One Time Passwords (OTP), U2F or ordinary static passwords. Login to computers and network services (e.g. SSH) using certificates.

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  • Email Encryption

    Encrypt your emails with GnuPG, OpenPGP, S/MIME or your favourite email client. Keep your secret keys secure on your Nitrokey.

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  • Encrypted Mobile Storage

    Carry important data with you, hardware-encrypted on your Nitrokey Storage device (16-64 GB). Compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac OS.

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  • Hard Disk & File Encryption

    Encrypt your hard disks and files using TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt, GnuPG Tools and more. Keep your secret keys secure on your Nitrokey.

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  • Key and Certificate Management

    Protect your server certificates by using up to 300 cryptographic keys with the Nitrokey HSM. Ideal for security servers, Public Key Infrastructures (PKI) and Certificate Authorities (CA).

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  • Server Administration with SSH

    Manage your servers, critical infrastructure, and Internet of Things (IoT) not just securely but also more easily. Administrators no longer require to synchronize key files between their desktops or remember complex passwords. Nitrokey acts as a mobile latch key to your servers by using Secure Shell (SSH), providing 2FA always at hand.

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Nitrokey is better

  • High Security

    Your secret keys are stored in the tamper-resistant and PIN-protected device and are secured against computer viruses, other malware, phishing, loss, theft and brute-force attacks.

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  • Made in Germany

    Nitrokey is developed and produced in Germany, primarily in Berlin. For the sake of higher quality and security, we do not use cheap overseas manufacturing.

  • Independent Security Assessment

    The auditing company Cure53 performed an intensive security review of the Nitrokey Storage. The security experts summarize their results with "Nitrokey is capable of functioning properly and securely" (see final report available here FirmwareHardware).

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  • Open Source

    Both hardware and software are open-source, free software and allow independent security reviews. Customisable, no vendor lock-in, no security via obfuscation, no hidden security issues!

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  • Complete USB plug

    Unlike some competitors, Nitrokey contains a complete and standard compliant USB plug. This ensures thousands of insertions without connectivity issues.

  • No Backdoors - No NSA

    Installed firmware can be exported and verified, preventing attackers from inserting backdoors into products during shipping. Nitrokey is open-source and free of backdoors. Secret keys are generated only by you and we have no access to your private information.

  • Plausible Deniability

    The only hardware solution with hidden encrypted storage. This allows you to plausibly deny the existence of encrypted data, for example during border controls.

  • Easy Integration

    Nitrokey uses open interfaces and open drivers to enable its easy integration with your personal requirements. Custom solution can be provided on request.

  • Better Than Software

    The Nitrokey hardware functions independently of any operating systems and protects your secret keys against theft, loss, user mistakes, phishing, brute-force attacks, computer viruses and other malware.

  • Sustainability

    The sustainable development and production of Nitrokeys contributes to a sustainable environment and society.

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Illustration: So funktioniert der Nitrokey

How Nitrokey works

Protect emails, files, hard drives, server certificates and online accounts using cryptography. Your private keys are always stored securely in the Nitrokey hardware and can't be stolen. The device is PIN-protected and is secured against brute force and hardware attacks. Backups protect against loss.

The Nitrokey Family

  Nitrokey Storage 2 Nitrokey Pro 2 Nitrokey Start Nitrokey HSM 2 Nitrokey FIDO2 Nitrokey FIDO U2F
  Nitrokey Storage Nitrokey Pro Nitrokey Start Nitrokey HSM Nitrokey U2F Nitrokey U2F
Open source
Tamper-resistant smart card      
S/MIME email and hard disk encryption (X.509, PKCS#11)    
OpenPGP/ GnuPG email encryption      
Secure login (One Time Passwords)        
Password Manager        
Encrypted mass storage          
Hidden volumes          
Firmware updates    
RSA key length [bit] 2048 - 4096 2048 - 4096 2048** 1024 - 4096    
Number of RSA key pairs 3* 3* 3* 38    
ECC key length [bit] 256 - 521 256 - 521 256 192 - 521    
Elliptic curves NIST P, Brainpool NIST P, Brainpool NIST P, Curve25519, SECG/Koblitz NIST P, Brainpool, SECG/Koblitz    
Number of ECC key pairs 3* 3* 3* 300    
PKI/CA management features          
FIDO U2F        
Factsheet Nitrokey Storage 2 Nitrokey Pro 2 Nitrokey Start Nitrokey HSM 2 Nitrokey FIDO2 Nitrokey FIDO U2F
Price Starting from € 109.00 € 49.00 € 29.00 € 69.00 € 29.00 € 22.00
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* Stores the key pair (RSA or ECC, if available) for one person/identity only. Technically these are 3 key pairs because GnuPG uses subkeys.

** 4096 bit are supported but each operation takes ca. 8 seconds.

Selection of our customers


  • Time flies. This week five years ago, Nitrokey was incorporated. Although our roots reach back to 2008 when the non-profit open source project "Crypto Stick" was started, 2015 marked the year of entering the business world. The mission: building the best open source hardware security keys on the market, enabling data encryption, user authentication and key management.
    31 January 2020
  • Do you think your computer hardware is secure? Can you rule out that in your absence no one has manipulated your computer? In a world, where most users do not have any real control over their hardware and have to blindly trust the security promises of vendors, NitroPad unlocks a refreshingly new security experience. NitroPad X230 is significantly more secure than normal computers.
    07 January 2020
  • We are happy to introduce the new Nitrokey FIDO2! The device can be ordered now and will be delivered within the next days. Nitrokey FIDO2 convinces by easy handling, two-factor authentication (2FA) and it can be used for passwordless login instead of a password. This brings us one step closer to our motto "secure your digital life".
    26 November 2019