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Network deployment and testing in progress. Subject to minor revisions. See [SPEC] for the official specification.


Standard Base 32 ("b32") addresses contain the hash of the destination. This will not work for encrypted ls2 (proposal 123).

You can't use a traditional base 32 address for an encrypted LS2 (proposal 123), as it contains only the hash of the destination. It does not provide the non-blinded public key. Clients must know the destination's public key, sig type, the blinded sig type, and an optional secret or private key to fetch and decrypt the leaseset. Therefore, a base 32 address alone is insufficient. The client needs either the full destination (which contains the public key), or the public key by itself. If the client has the full destination in an address book, and the address book supports reverse lookup by hash, then the public key may be retrieved.

So we need a new format that puts the public key instead of the hash into a base32 address. This format must also contain the signature type of the public key, and the signature type of the blinding scheme.

This proposal documents a new b32 format for these addresses. While we have referred to this new format during discussions as a "b33" address, the actual new format retains the usual ".b32.i2p" suffix.


  • Include both unblinded and blinded sigtypes to support future blinding schemes
  • Support pubkeys larger than 32 bytes
  • Ensure b32 chars are all or mostly random, especially at the beginning (don't want all addresses to start with the same chars)
  • Parseable
  • Indicate that a blinding secret and/or per-client key is required
  • Add checksum to detect typos
  • Minimize length, maintain DNS label length less than 63 chars for normal usage
  • Continue to use base 32 for case-insensitivity
  • Retain the usual ".b32.i2p" suffix.


  • Do not support "private" links that include blinding secret and/or per-client key; this would be insecure.


  • New format will contain the unblinded public key, unblinded sig type, and blinded sig type.
  • Optionally contain a secret and/or private key, for private links only
  • Use the existing ".b32.i2p" suffix, but with a longer length.
  • Add a checksum.
  • Addresses for encrypted leasesets are identified by 56 or more encoded characters (35 or more decoded bytes), compared to 52 characters (32 bytes) for traditional base 32 addresses.


Creation and encoding

Construct a hostname of {56+ chars}.b32.i2p (35+ chars in binary) as follows:

flag (1 byte)
  bit 0: 0 for one-byte sigtypes, 1 for two-byte sigtypes
  bit 1: 0 for no secret, 1 if secret is required
  bit 2: 0 for no per-client auth,
         1 if client private key is required
  bits 7-3: Unused, set to 0

public key sigtype (1 or 2 bytes as indicated in flags)
  If 1 byte, the upper byte is assumed zero

blinded key sigtype (1 or 2 bytes as indicated in flags)
  If 1 byte, the upper byte is assumed zero

public key
  Number of bytes as implied by sigtype

Post-processing and checksum:

Construct the binary data as above.
Treat checksum as little-endian.
Calculate checksum = CRC-32(data[3:end])
data[0] ^= (byte) checksum
data[1] ^= (byte) (checksum >> 8)
data[2] ^= (byte) (checksum >> 16)

hostname = Base32.encode(data) || ".b32.i2p"

Any unused bits at the end of the b32 must be 0. There are no unused bits for a standard 56 character (35 byte) address.

Decoding and Verification

strip the ".b32.i2p" from the hostname
data = Base32.decode(hostname)
Calculate checksum = CRC-32(data[3:end])
Treat checksum as little-endian.
flags = data[0] ^ (byte) checksum
if 1 byte sigtypes:
  pubkey sigtype = data[1] ^ (byte) (checksum >> 8)
  blinded sigtype = data[2] ^ (byte) (checksum >> 16)
else (2 byte sigtypes) :
  pubkey sigtype = data[1] ^ ((byte) (checksum >> 8)) || data[2] ^ ((byte) (checksum >> 16))
  blinded sigtype = data[3] || data[4]
parse the remainder based on the flags to get the public key

Secret and Private Key Bits

The secret and private key bits are used to indicate to clients, proxies, or other client-side code that the secret and/or private key will be required to decrypt the leaseset. Particular implementations may prompt the user to supply the required data, or reject connection attempts if the required data is missing.


  • XORing first 3 bytes with the hash provides a limited checksum capability, and ensures that all base32 chars at the beginning are randomized. Only a few flag and sigtype combinations are valid, so any typo is likely to create an invalid combination and will be rejected.
  • In the usual case (1 byte sigtypes, no secret, no per-client auth), the hostname will be {56 chars}.b32.i2p, decoding to 35 bytes, same as Tor.
  • Tor 2-byte checksum has a 1/64K false negative rate. With 3 bytes, minus a few ignored bytes, ours is approaching 1 in a million, since most flag/sigtype combinations are invalid.
  • Adler-32 is a poor choice for small inputs, and for detecting small changes [ADLER32]. Use CRC-32 instead. CRC-32 is fast and is widely available.


While outside the scope of this proposal, routers and/or clients must remember and cache (probably persistently) the mapping of public key to destination, and vice versa.


  • Distinguish old from new flavors by length. Old b32 addresses are always {52 chars}.b32.i2p. New ones are {56+ chars}.b32.i2p
  • Tor discussion thread:
  • Don't expect 2-byte sigtypes to ever happen, we're only up to 13. No need to implement now.
  • New format can be used in jump links (and served by jump servers) if desired, just like b32.


  • Any secret, private key, or public key longer than 32 bytes would exceed the DNS max label length of 63 chars. Browsers probably do not care.


No backward compatibility issues. Longer b32 addresses will fail to be converted to 32-byte hashes in old software.