Go Web Examples: Password Hashing

This example will show how to hash passwords using bcrypt. For this we have to go get the golang bcrypt library like so:

$ go get golang.org/x/crypto/bcrypt

From now on, every application we write will be able to make use of this library.

// passwords.go
package main

import (


func HashPassword(password string) (string, error) {
	bytes, err := bcrypt.GenerateFromPassword([]byte(password), 14)
	return string(bytes), err

func CheckPasswordHash(password, hash string) bool {
	err := bcrypt.CompareHashAndPassword([]byte(hash), []byte(password))
	return err == nil

func main() {
	password := "secret"
	hash, _ := HashPassword(password) // ignore error for the sake of simplicity

	fmt.Println("Password:", password)
	fmt.Println("Hash:    ", hash)

	match := CheckPasswordHash(password, hash)
	fmt.Println("Match:   ", match)
$ go run passwords.go
Password: secret
Hash:     $2a$14$ajq8Q7fbtFRQvXpdCq7Jcuy.Rx1h/L4J60Otx.gyNLbAYctGMJ9tK
Match:    true