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Encrypting a Unix Shell script (so that source code is not visible : intellectual property protection)

Posted on 2009-07-15
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Is there a way to encrypt the source codes of a Shell script that we've written and
yet still allow this "encrypted" to be able run?

I recall ever downloading some  .sh  file from Sun MIcrosystems and when you run
the .sh file, it generates out several file (and this .sh file contains non-readable
characters) .  The file I downloaded from Sun looks like :
--------------begin--------------
$cp$!#%#$@%!$#@%$^%^
.......
--------------end----------------
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you can use shc to encrypt the shell script. download and compile it first:

http://www.datsi.fi.upm.es/~frosal/sources/shc-3.8.6.tgz
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Don't know much about encrypting shell scripts, but maybe what you are talking about from Sun's site is not an encrypted shell but rather a so-called shell-archive, i.e. a package of files (possibly binary), like a tar archive, embedded into a shell script in such a way that if you run the shell script it will extract the files to the filesystems; it can be created on Linux with the shar command.
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Thanks dcesari/Omar.

Hi Omar,

Can this encrypted shell script be run at Unix command prompt just like
running a normal Shell script  (certainly I can't do "sh -v script" or
"ksh -v script"  as the codes are no longer readable)
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yes
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