Supercharge comes with a convenient encryption service for encrypting and decrypting values. Encryption uses OpenSSL with the AES-256 cipher. All encrypted values are signed using a message authentication code (MAC) keeping your values secure from modification once they are encrypted.


Supercharge’s encrypter requires a secret key for encryption. The encrypter uses the app key configured in your config/app.ts file. The app key configuration is driven by the APP_KEY environment variable. You should configure a random app key with at least 32 characters to keep your values secure.

Using Encryption

You may encrypt and decrypt values using the Crypt facade. The Crypt facade is part of the @supercharge/facades package.

Encrypt a Value

Use the Crypt.encrypt method to encrypt a given value:

import { Crypt } from '@supercharge/facades'
import { Controller } from '@supercharge/http'
import { HttpContext } from '@supercharge/contracts'

export class StoreGithubAuthTokenController extends Controller {
   * Handle the given request.
  async handle ({ request, response }: HttpContext): Promise<any> {
    const encrypted = Crypt.encrypt(request.input('github-auth-token'))
    // da29f2134efa…

    // … proceed handling the request

Notice: the encrypter JSON-serializes the value before encrypting it.

Decrypt a Value

Use the Crypt.decrypt method to decrypt an encrypted string:

import { Crypt } from '@supercharge/facades'

try {
  const decrypted = Crypt.decrypt(encryptedValue)
  // { name: 'Supercharge' }
} catch (error) {

Notice: the encrypter JSON-serializes values when encrypting them. It also parses the decrypted value. The parsed value may not be the same as the encrypted value. For example, this happens when encrypting a class instance which will be parsed as an object and not brought back to a class instance.