Vigenère Cipher

The Vigenère Cipher is a polyalphabetic substitution cipher. The method was originally described by Giovan Battista Bellaso in his 1553 book La cifra del. Sig. Giovan Battista Bellaso; however, the scheme was later misattributed to Blaise de Vigenère in the 19th century, and is now widely known as the Vigenère cipher.

Blaise de Vigenère actually invented the stronger Autokey cipher in 1586.


The following buttons can be used to manipulate the text into various forms such as uppercase, lowercase, reverse text, etc. The choice text chosen will be copied and a new page will be opened.

The Autokey cipher uses the following tableau (the 'tabula recta') to encipher the plaintext: