You should be using bcrypt.

django-bcrypt makes it easy to use bcrypt to hash passwords with Django.

Installation and Usage

Install the package with pip and Mercurial or git:

pip install -e hg+

# or ...

pip install -e git://

Add django_bcrypt to your INSTALLED_APPS.

That’s it.

Any new passwords set will be hashed with bcrypt. Old passwords will still work fine.


You can configure how django-bcrypt behaves with a few settings in your file.


Enables bcrypt hashing when User.set_password() is called.

Default: True


Enables bcrypt hashing when running inside Django TestCases.

Default: False (to speed up user creation)


Number of rounds to use for bcrypt hashing. Increase this as computers get faster.

You can change the number of rounds without breaking already-hashed passwords. New passwords will use the new number of rounds, and old ones will use the old number.

Default: 12


Enables bcrypt password migration on a check_password() call.

The hash is also migrated when BCRYPT_ROUNDS changes.

Default: False


This is pretty much a packaged-up version of this blog post for easier use.

It also depends on the py-bcrypt library.