AESFile Manual


The class AESFile provides means to create and work with AES encrypted files. Derived from BaseFile working with AES files works exactly the same as with other files, with the only exception of opening the file. So it is recommended to read BaseFile Manual first.

For encryption using the MAXON API see Stream Conversions Manual.
// This example demonstrates encrypting a file and comparing the encrypted result with the original file.
// Let user choose a file to encrypt.
Filename fnInput;
if (!fnInput.FileSelect(FILESELECTTYPE::ANYTHING, FILESELECT::LOAD, "Open file to encrypt..."_s))
return maxon::OK;
if (!fileInput || !fileAes)
return maxon::OutOfMemoryError(MAXON_SOURCE_LOCATION);
// Open the input file.
return maxon::IoError(MAXON_SOURCE_LOCATION, MaxonConvert(fnInput, MAXONCONVERTMODE::NONE), "Error: Failed to open input file."_s);
Filename fnAes = fnInput;
// Note: Password needs to be either 16, 24, or 32 characters long.
const char pw[] = { 's', 'p', 'e', 'a', 'k', ',', ' ', 'f', 'r', 'i', 'e', 'n', 'd', ',', ' ', 'a', 'n', 'd', ' ', 'e', 'n', 't', 'e', 'r' };
const Int32 keylen = sizeof(pw) * 8; // keylen is in bits
DebugAssert((keylen == 128) || (keylen == 192) || (keylen == 256));
const Int32 blocksize = 256;
if (!fileAes->Open(fnAes, pw, keylen, blocksize, 0, FILEOPEN::WRITE))
return maxon::IoError(MAXON_SOURCE_LOCATION, MaxonConvert(fnAes, MAXONCONVERTMODE::NONE), "Error: Failed to open AES file for writing."_s);
const Int fileSize = fileInput->GetLength();
Char* buffer = NewMemClear(Char, fileSize) iferr_return;
const Int readBytes = fileInput->TryReadBytes(buffer, fileSize);
if (readBytes != fileSize)
return maxon::UnexpectedError(MAXON_SOURCE_LOCATION, "Error: Failed to read data from input file."_s);
if (!fileAes->WriteBytes(buffer, fileSize))
return maxon::UnexpectedError(MAXON_SOURCE_LOCATION, "Error: Failed to write data to AES file."_s);
// Finally check the encryption result.
if (AESFile::CheckEncryption(fnAes, fnInput, pw, keylen, blocksize))
ApplicationOutput("Success: The encrypted file matches the encrypted version."_s);
return maxon::OK;
return maxon::UnexpectedError(MAXON_SOURCE_LOCATION, "Error: The encrypted file does not match the encrypted version."_s);


AESFile objects are created with the usual tools, see Entity Creation and Destruction Manual (Classic).


For a plugin to be cross platform then the type and creator parameters must be correctly filled for Mac.


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