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Wrapper functions for encryption. These functions wrap expressions that produce or consume a file and arrange to encrypt (for producing functions) or decrypt (for consuming functions). The forms with a trailing underscore (encrypt_, decrypt_) do not use any non-standard evaluation and may be more useful for programming.


encrypt(expr, key, file_arg = NULL, envir = parent.frame())

decrypt(expr, key, file_arg = NULL, envir = parent.frame())

encrypt_(expr, key, file_arg = NULL, envir = parent.frame())

decrypt_(expr, key, file_arg = NULL, envir = parent.frame())



A single expression representing a function call that would be called for the side effect of creating or reading a file.


A cyphr_key object describing the encryption approach to use.


Optional hint indicating which argument to expr is the filename. This is done automatically for some built-in functions.


Environment in which expr is to be evaluated.


These functions will not work for all functions. For example pdf/ will create a file but we can't wrap those up (yet!). Functions that modify a file (e.g., appending) also will not work and may cause data loss.


# To do anything we first need a key:
key <- cyphr::key_sodium(sodium::keygen())

# Encrypted write.csv - note how any number of arguments to
# write.csv will be passed along
path <- tempfile(fileext = ".csv")
cyphr::encrypt(write.csv(iris, path, row.names = FALSE), key)

# The new file now exists, but you would not be able to read it
# with read.csv because it is now binary data.
#> [1] TRUE

# Wrap the read.csv call with cyphr::decrypt()
dat <- cyphr::decrypt(read.csv(path, stringsAsFactors = FALSE), key)
#>   Sepal.Length Sepal.Width Petal.Length Petal.Width Species
#> 1          5.1         3.5          1.4         0.2  setosa
#> 2          4.9         3.0          1.4         0.2  setosa
#> 3          4.7         3.2          1.3         0.2  setosa
#> 4          4.6         3.1          1.5         0.2  setosa
#> 5          5.0         3.6          1.4         0.2  setosa
#> 6          5.4         3.9          1.7         0.4  setosa

#> [1] TRUE

# If you have a function that is not supported you can specify the
# filename argument directly.  For example, with "write.dcf" the
# filename argument is called "file"; we can pass that along
path <- tempfile()
cyphr::encrypt(write.dcf(list(a = 1), path), key, file_arg = "file")

# Similarly for decryption:
cyphr::decrypt(read.dcf(path), key, file_arg = "file")
#>      a  
#> [1,] "1"