A Scheme implementation of the SipHash family of hash functions.


SipHash is a cryptographically strong family of hash functions designed by Jean-Philippe Aumasson and Daniel J. Bernstein.

This library provides an implementation of these functions for R7RS and CHICKEN Scheme.


To install for CHICKEN Scheme, just run chicken-install:

$ git clone
$ cd siphash
$ chicken-install -test

On other R7RS Schemes, this project’s src/ directory should be added or moved onto the system’s load path.


The (foldling siphash) library provides three functions:

make-siphash constructs a hashing function.

It takes two positive integer arguments c and d and returns a hashing procedure of that number of compression and finalization rounds, respectively.

(make-siphash c d) => (procedure key) => (procedure message) => integer

siphash-2-4 and siphash-4-8 are predefined hashing procedures.

Each takes one or two arguments, the key and message to hash, and returns a positive integer. key and message are bytevectors, and key must have a length of 16 while message may be any length. If message isn’t given, a prekeyed hashing function is returned.

The SipHash specification recommends SipHash-2-4 for performance and SipHash-4-8 for cryptographic security.

(siphash-2-4 key) => (procedure message) => integer
(siphash-2-4 key message) => integer
(siphash-4-8 key) => (procedure message) => integer
(siphash-4-8 key message) => integer


> (import (foldling siphash))
> (define key (bytevector 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15))
> (define msg (string->utf8 "The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain."))

> (siphash-2-4 key msg)
; => 8751579407287093977

> ((siphash-4-8 key) msg)
; => 13472556437817646137

> ((make-siphash 8 16)
    "In Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire, hurricanes hardly ever happen."))
; => 9275736844991428064


Evan Hanson


Copyright © 2013-2018, Evan Hanson under a BSD-style license.

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