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Olm
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An implementation of the cryptographic ratchet described by
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https://github.com/trevp/axolotl/wiki, written in C++11 and exposed as a C API
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The specification of the Olm ratchet can be found in docs/olm.rst or
https://matrix.org/docs/spec/olm.html

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Building
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To build olm as a shared library run:
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.. code:: bash

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    make
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To run the tests run:

.. code:: bash

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    make test
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To build the javascript bindings, install emscripten from http://kripken.github.io/emscripten-site/ and then run:
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.. code:: bash

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    make js
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    npm pack javascript  # packages olm.js into olm-x.y.z.tgz
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Remember to make a tag after releasing a tarball:

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    git tag x.y.z
    git push --tags

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Design
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Olm is designed to be easy port to different platforms and to be easy
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to write bindings for.

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It was originally implemented in C++, with a plain-C layer providing the public
API. As development has progressed, it has become clear that C++ gives little
advantage, and new functionality is being added in C, with C++ parts being
rewritten as the need ariases.

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Error Handling
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All C functions in the API for olm return ``olm_error()`` on error.
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This makes it easy to check for error conditions within the language bindings.

Random Numbers
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Olm doesn't generate random numbers itself. Instead the caller must
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provide the random data. This makes it easier to port the library to different
platforms since the caller can use whatever cryptographic random number
generator their platform provides.

Memory
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Olm avoids calling malloc or allocating memory on the heap itself.
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Instead the library calculates how much memory will be needed to hold the
output and the caller supplies a buffer of the appropriate size.

Output Encoding
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Binary output is encoded as base64 so that languages that prefer unicode
strings will find it easier to handle the output.

Dependencies
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Olm uses pure C implementations of the cryptographic primitives used by
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the ratchet. While this decreases the performance it makes it much easier
to compile the library for different architectures.
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What's an olm?
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It's a really cool species of European troglodytic salamander.
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http://www.postojnska-jama.eu/en/come-and-visit-us/vivarium-proteus/
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Legal Notice
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The software may be subject to the U.S. export control laws and regulations
and by downloading the software the user certifies that he/she/it is
authorized to do so in accordance with those export control laws and
regulations.