Blowfish (bcrypt) based password encoder for Symfony2

0.5.0 2013-10-22 22:59 UTC

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Last update: 2021-11-27 00:18:42 UTC


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Still using MD5 or SHA family hashing algorithms for password “encryption”? If you are, read this and that and then come back to get yourself a copy of this bundle.

The BCrypt password encoder has been added to the Symfony core in 2.2 and has been improved to the level of this bundle and beyond in 2.3. So, if you're using Symfony 2.3+, consider using the encoder from the core instead of this bundle.


  1. Add this to the composer.json:

        "require": {
            "elnur/blowfish-password-encoder-bundle": "~0.5"

    And run:

    php composer.phar update elnur/blowfish-password-encoder-bundle
  2. Enable the bundle in app/AppKernel.php:

    public function registerBundles()
        $bundles = array(
            // ...
            new Elnur\BlowfishPasswordEncoderBundle\ElnurBlowfishPasswordEncoderBundle(),
  3. And, finally, set the encoder in app/config/security.yml:

                id: security.encoder.blowfish


By default the encoder uses a cost factor of 15, which is pretty reasonable, but you can change it to a different value in the range of 4-31 by editing the config.yml file:

    cost: 10

Each increment of the cost doubles the time it takes to encode a password.

You can change the cost factor at any time — even if you already have some passwords encoded using a different cost factor. New passwords will be encoded using the new cost factor, while the already encoded ones will be validated using a cost factor that was used back when they were encoded.


A salt for each new password is generated automatically and need not be persisted. Since an encoded password contains the salt used to encode it, persisting the encoded password alone is enough.

All the encoded passwords are 60 characters long, so make sure to allocate enough space for them to be persisted.


This bundle is under the MIT license. See the complete license in the bundle:



I thank asm89 for enlightening me by giving the links you see above and answering my other related questions on the #symfony channel.

And I thank dustin10 for suggesting to add the extension class to make the bundle easier to install and configure.