Getting Started with Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives Cryptography 2018 for Windows* OS

Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel® IPP) Cryptography is a software library that provides a broad range of secure and efficient cryptographic algorithm implementations.

Intel IPP Cryptography is available as part of the following suites:

The library is also available as a standalone package under the Community Licensing program.

Please note that Intel IPP Cryptography is an export-controlled product, and must be obtained through a special request process. See Where do I download the Intel® IPP Cryptography libraries? for detailed instructions.


Set Environment Variables

After installing Intel IPP Cryptography, set the PATH, LIB, and INCLUDE environment variables by running the script appropriate to your target platform architecture. The scripts are available in <install dir>\ippcp\bin.

By default, the <install dir> is C:\Program files (x86)\IntelSWTools\\<target_os>

Configure Your IDE Environment to Link with Intel IPP Cryptography

To configure your Microsoft* Visual Studio* development system for linking with the Intel IPP Cryptography library, follow the steps below. Though some versions of the Visual Studio* IDE may vary slightly in the menu items mentioned below, the fundamental configuring steps are applicable to all these versions.

  1. In Solution Explorer, right-click your project and click Properties.
  2. Select Configuration Properties > VC++ Directories and set the following from the Select directories for drop down menu:
    • Include Files menu item, and then type in the directory for the Intel IPP Cryptography include files (default is <install_dir>\ippcp\include)
    • Library Files menu item, and then type in the directory for the Intel IPP Cryptography library files (default is <install_dir>\ippcp\lib\<arch>)
    • Executable Files menu item, and then type in the directory for the Intel IPP Cryptography executable files (default is <install_dir>\redist\<arch>\ippcp)

System Requirements

Build and Run Your First Intel® IPP Cryptography Application

The code example below represents a short application to help you get started with Intel IPP Cryptography:

#include "ippcp.h"
#include <stdio.h>

#define   ippCPUID_MMX             0x00000001   /* Intel(R) Architecture MMX(TM) technology                                           */
#define   ippCPUID_SSE             0x00000002   /* Intel(R) Streaming SIMD Extensions                                                 */
#define   ippCPUID_SSE2            0x00000004   /* Intel(R) Streaming SIMD Extensions 2                                               */
#define   ippCPUID_SSE3            0x00000008   /* Intel(R) Streaming SIMD Extensions 3                                               */
#define   ippCPUID_SSSE3           0x00000010   /* Supplemental Streaming SIMD Extensions 3                                           */
#define   ippCPUID_MOVBE           0x00000020   /* The processor supports the MOVBE instruction                                       */
#define   ippCPUID_SSE41           0x00000040   /* Intel(R) Streaming SIMD Extensions 4.1                                             */
#define   ippCPUID_SSE42           0x00000080   /* Intel(R) Streaming SIMD Extensions 4.2                                             */
#define   ippCPUID_AVX             0x00000100   /* Intel(R) Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel(R) AVX)                                 */
#define   ippAVX_ENABLEDBYOS       0x00000200   /* The operating system supports Intel AVX                                            */
#define   ippCPUID_AES             0x00000400   /* Intel(R) AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)                                      */
#define   ippCPUID_CLMUL           0x00000800   /* PCLMULQDQ instruction                                                              */
#define   ippCPUID_ABR             0x00001000   /* Reserved                                                                           */
#define   ippCPUID_RDRAND          0x00002000   /* Read Random Number instructions                                                    */
#define   ippCPUID_F16C            0x00004000   /* Float16 instructions                                                               */
#define   ippCPUID_AVX2            0x00008000   /* Intel(R) Advanced Vector Extensions 2                                              */
#define   ippCPUID_ADCOX           0x00010000   /* ADCX and ADOX instructions                                                         */
#define   ippCPUID_RDSEED          0x00020000   /* The RDSEED instruction                                                             */
#define   ippCPUID_PREFETCHW       0x00040000   /* The PREFETCHW instruction                                                          */
#define   ippCPUID_SHA             0x00080000   /* Intel(R) SHA Extensions                                                            */
#define   ippCPUID_AVX512F         0x00100000   /* Intel(R) Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel(R) AVX-512) Foundation instructions */
#define   ippCPUID_AVX512CD        0x00200000   /* Intel AVX-512 Conflict Detection instructions                                      */
#define   ippCPUID_AVX512ER        0x00400000   /* Intel AVX-512 Exponential & Reciprocal instructions                                */
#define   ippCPUID_AVX512PF        0x00800000   /* Intel AVX-512 Prefetch instructions                                                */
#define   ippCPUID_AVX512BW        0x01000000   /* Intel AVX-512 Byte & Word instructions                                             */
#define   ippCPUID_AVX512DQ        0x02000000   /* Intel AVX-512 DWord & QWord instructions                                           */
#define   ippCPUID_AVX512VL        0x04000000   /* Intel AVX-512 Vector Length extensions                                             */
#define   ippCPUID_AVX512VBMI      0x08000000   /* Intel AVX-512 Vector Bit Manipulation instructions                                 */
#define   ippCPUID_MPX             0x10000000   /* Intel(R) Memory Protection Extensions                                              */
#define   ippCPUID_AVX512_4FMADDPS 0x20000000   /* Intel AVX-512 DL floating-point single precision                                   */
#define   ippCPUID_AVX512_4VNNIW   0x40000000   /* Intel AVX-512 DL enhanced word variable precision                                  */
#define   ippCPUID_KNC             0x80000000   /* Intel(R) Xeon Phi(TM) Coprocessor                                                  */

int main(int argc, char* argv[])
   const IppLibraryVersion *lib;
   IppStatus status;
   Ipp64u mask, emask;

   /* Get Intel IPP Cryptography library version info */
   lib = ippcpGetLibVersion();
   printf("%s %s\n", lib->Name, lib->Version);

   /* Get CPU features and features enabled with selected library level */
   status = ippcpGetCpuFeatures( &mask );
   if( ippStsNoErr == status ) {
      emask = ippcpGetEnabledCpuFeatures();
      printf("Features supported by CPU\tby Intel(R) Integrated Performance Primitives Cryptography\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_MMX        = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_MMX ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_MMX ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel(R) Architecture MMX technology supported\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_SSE        = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_SSE ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_SSE ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel(R) Streaming SIMD Extensions\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_SSE2       = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_SSE2 ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_SSE2 ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel(R) Streaming SIMD Extensions 2\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_SSE3       = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_SSE3 ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_SSE3 ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel(R) Streaming SIMD Extensions 3\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_SSSE3      = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_SSSE3 ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_SSSE3 ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Supplemental Streaming SIMD Extensions 3\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_MOVBE      = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_MOVBE ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_MOVBE ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("The processor supports MOVBE instruction\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_SSE41      = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_SSE41 ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_SSE41 ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel(R) Streaming SIMD Extensions 4.1\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_SSE42      = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_SSE42 ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_SSE42 ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel(R) Streaming SIMD Extensions 4.2\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_AVX        = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_AVX ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_AVX ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel(R) Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel(R) AVX) instruction set\n");
      printf("  ippAVX_ENABLEDBYOS  = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippAVX_ENABLEDBYOS ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippAVX_ENABLEDBYOS ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("The operating system supports Intel(R) AVX\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_AES        = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_AES ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_AES ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel(R) AES instruction\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_SHA        = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_SHA ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_SHA ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel(R) SHA new instructions\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_CLMUL      = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_CLMUL ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_CLMUL ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("PCLMULQDQ instruction\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_RDRAND     = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_RDRAND ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_RDRAND ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Read Random Number instructions\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_F16C       = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_F16C ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_F16C ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Float16 instructions\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_AVX2       = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_AVX2 ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_AVX2 ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel(R) Advanced Vector Extensions 2 instruction set\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_AVX512F    = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_AVX512F ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_AVX512F ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel(R) Advanced Vector Extensions 512 Foundation instruction set\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_AVX512CD   = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_AVX512CD ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_AVX512CD ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel(R) Advanced Vector Extensions 512 Conflict Detection instruction set\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_AVX512ER   = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_AVX512ER ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_AVX512ER ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel(R) Advanced Vector Extensions 512 Exponential & Reciprocal instruction set\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_ADCOX      = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_ADCOX ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_ADCOX ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("ADCX and ADOX instructions\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_RDSEED     = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_RDSEED ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_RDSEED ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("The RDSEED instruction\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_PREFETCHW  = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_PREFETCHW ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_PREFETCHW ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("The PREFETCHW instruction\n");
      printf("  ippCPUID_KNC        = ");
      printf("%c\t%c\t",( mask & ippCPUID_KNC ) ? 'Y':'N',( emask & ippCPUID_KNC ) ? 'Y':'N');
      printf("Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessor instruction set\n");
   return 0;

This application consists of two sections:

  1. Get the library layer name and version.
  2. Show the hardware optimizations used by the selected library layer and supported by CPU.

On Windows* OS, Intel IPP Cryptography applications are significantly easier to build with Microsoft* Visual Studio*. To build the code example above, follow the steps:

  1. Start Microsoft* Visual Studio* and create an empty C++ project.
  2. Add a new c file and paste the code into it.
  3. Set the include directories and the linking model as described in Configure Your IDE Environment to Link with Intel IPP Cryptography.
  4. Compile and run the application.

To build the code example above, follow the steps:

Training and Documentation

To learn more about the product, see the following online resources:



Intel® IPP Cryptography Developer Guide

Provides detailed guidance on Intel IPP Cryptography library configuration, development environment, and linkage modes.

Intel® IPP Cryptography Developer Reference

Contains detailed descriptions of the Intel IPP Cryptography functions.

Intel® Integrated Performance Primitives

Intel® IPP product page. See this page for support and online documentation for the Intel IPP library in general.


You can also download an offline version of the documentation from the Intel® Software Development Products Registration Center > Product List > <Suite Name> Documentation.

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