Password hashing using the GOLang bcrypt package

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

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)

Run and test code.

$ go run passwords.go
Password: secret
Hash:     $2a$14$ajq8Q7fbtFRQvXpdCq7Jcuy.Rx1h/L4J60Otx.gyNLbAYctGMJ9tK
Match:    true