After using GenerateAsymmetricKeyPair in Mathematica 12, how can I print the two keys in hex?

There is probably a simple answer that I'm missing, but there's nothing about this in the documentation for GenerateAsymmetricKeyPair.


I think BaseEncode is the most direct way to convert the ByteArray to a hex string. For example, to get the public key in hex:

pair = GenerateAsymmetricKeyPair[]

The same will work for pair["PrivateKey"]["PrivateByteArray"]


It seems like 2-argument BaseEncode is not supported in V12.0. You can use the following instead:

ToUpperCase @ StringJoin[
  Map[IntegerString[#, 16, 2]&,
    ImportByteArray[pair["PublicKey"]["PublicByteArray"], "Byte"]
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for this. But it's telling me BaseEncode::argx: BaseEncode called with 2 arguments; 1 argument is expected. I've no idea why this is. The documentation says BaseEncode should be able to take a specification of the required coding as its second argument. Perhaps this is new to 12.2? I'm using 12.0. $\endgroup$
    – ool
    Mar 18 at 21:32
  • $\begingroup$ @ool That's a shame. See the updated answer for a method that should work in V12.0. $\endgroup$ Mar 19 at 8:29
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, @SjoerdSmit - that works fine. Many thanks for your help. Now I will post another question about how to extract a fingerprint, also in hex. $\endgroup$
    – ool
    Mar 19 at 11:33
  • $\begingroup$ I'm putting this in a comment because it's maybe not suitable for a separate q, but when I specify a 4kbit key by using GenerateAsymmetricKeyPair[ Method -> <|"Type" -> "RSA", "KeySize" -> 4096|>], your code prints a string of length 1k hex chars ~ 0.5kB ~ 4kb which is correct for the public key in the strict sense but not for the key block which should contain some other info too (e.g. I have a 4kb pubkey with a block of length amost 12kb). Is there a way to get Mma to print a whole key block? gpg4win is refusing to import an ASCII file containing only the 0.5k printed hex chars. $\endgroup$
    – ool
    Mar 19 at 23:10
  • $\begingroup$ @ool There is no built-in functionality for this. If you can specify how the gpg4win key block should be generated, please detail it in a new question and me or someone else can probably help you. I don't know the implementation details myself. $\endgroup$ Mar 21 at 19:46

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