Encrypt and Decrypt Image using Python
In this article, we will encrypt/decrypt an image using simple mathematical logic. It requires two things, data, and key, and when XOR operation is applied on both the operands i.e data and key, the data gets encrypted but when the same process is done again with the same key-value data gets decrypted.
It is nothing but a simple process in which we convert our data or information into secret code to prevent it from unauthorized access and keep it private and secure.
First, we will select an image, and then we will convert that image into a byte array due to which the image data will be totally converted into numeric form, and then we can easily apply the XOR operation to it. Now, whenever we will apply the XOR function on each value of the byte array then the data will be changed due to which we will be unable to access it. But we should remember one thing here our encryption key plays a very important role without that key we can not decrypt our image. It acts as a password to decrypt it.
The below program depicts the basic approach to encryption:
Original Data: 1281 Key: 27 After Encryption: 1306 After Decryption: 1281
Here in the above program, as we can see how XOR operation works, it takes two variables data and a key, whenever we perform XOR operation on them for the first time we get encrypted data. Then when we perform the XOR operation between our data and key again, we get the same value as our input variable data (decrypted data). The same logic will be applicable to a byte array of Images during encryption and decryption.
Executable code for Encryption:
Enter path of Image : C:\Users\lenovo\Pictures\Instagram\enc.png Enter Key for encryption of Image : 22 The path of file : C:\Users\lenovo\Pictures\Instagram\enc.png Key for encryption : 22 Encryption done...
Here in the above code first we take the path of the image and encryption key as input from the user then we use the file handling concept to handle the binary file and open that file for reading purposes then read the binary data of the image and store it in image variable. Now we convert that binary form of data into a byte array, then we apply the XOR operation on each value of the byte array which changes the data due to which we will be unable to open the image.
It is nothing but a process of converting our encrypted data into a readable form. Here we will again apply the same XOR operation on an encrypted image to decrypt it. But always remember that our encryption key and decryption key must be the same.
Executable Code for Decryption:
Enter path of Image : C:\Users\lenovo\Pictures\Instagram\enc.png Enter Key for Decryption of Image : 22 The path of file : C:\Users\lenovo\Pictures\Instagram\enc.png Note : Encryption key and Decryption key must be same. Key for Decryption : 22 Decryption done...
Here in the above Decryption program, we use the same procedure that we use during the Encryption of image.’
Below is the video which depicts the functionality of the above programs using a given image and a key.