Does some standard Python module contain a function to compute modular multiplicative inverse of a number, i.e. a number y = invmod(x, p) such that x*y == 1 (mod p)? Google doesn’t seem to give any good hints on this.

Of course, one can come up with home-brewed 10-liner of extended Euclidean algorithm, but why reinvent the wheel.

For example, Java’s BigInteger has modInverse method. Doesn’t Python have something similar?

Python 3.8+

y = pow(x, -1, p)

Python 3.7 and earlier

Maybe someone will find this useful (from wikibooks):

def egcd(a, b):
    if a == 0:
        return (b, 0, 1)
        g, y, x = egcd(b % a, a)
        return (g, x - (b // a) * y, y)

def modinv(a, m):
    g, x, y = egcd(a, m)
    if g != 1:
        raise Exception('modular inverse does not exist')
        return x % m

If your modulus is prime (you call it p) then you may simply compute:

y = x**(p-2) mod p  # Pseudocode

Or in Python proper:

y = pow(x, p-2, p)

Here is someone who has implemented some number theory capabilities in Python:

Here is an example done at the prompt:

m = 1000000007
x = 1234567
y = pow(x,m-2,m)
x*y % m

You might also want to look at the gmpy module. It is an interface between Python and the GMP multiple-precision library. gmpy provides an invert function that does exactly what you need:

>>> import gmpy
>>> gmpy.invert(1234567, 1000000007)

Updated answer

As noted by @hyh , the gmpy.invert() returns 0 if the inverse does not exist. That matches the behavior of GMP’s mpz_invert() function. gmpy.divm(a, b, m) provides a general solution to a=bx (mod m).

>>> gmpy.divm(1, 1234567, 1000000007)
>>> gmpy.divm(1, 0, 5)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
ZeroDivisionError: not invertible
>>> gmpy.divm(1, 4, 8)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
ZeroDivisionError: not invertible
>>> gmpy.divm(1, 4, 9)

divm() will return a solution when gcd(b,m) == 1 and raises an exception when the multiplicative inverse does not exist.

Disclaimer: I’m the current maintainer of the gmpy library.

Updated answer 2

gmpy2 now properly raises an exception when the inverse does not exists:

>>> import gmpy2

>>> gmpy2.invert(0,5)
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
ZeroDivisionError: invert() no inverse exists

As of 3.8 pythons pow() function can take a modulus and a negative integer. See here. Their case for how to use it is

>>> pow(38, -1, 97)
>>> 23 * 38 % 97 == 1

Here is a one-liner for CodeFights; it is one of the shortest solutions:

MMI = lambda A, n,s=1,t=0,N=0: (n < 2 and t%N or MMI(n, A%n, t, s-A//n*t, N or n),-1)[n<1]

It will return -1 if A has no multiplicative inverse in n.


MMI(23, 99) # returns 56
MMI(18, 24) # return -1

The solution uses the Extended Euclidean Algorithm.

Sympy, a python module for symbolic mathematics, has a built-in modular inverse function if you don’t want to implement your own (or if you’re using Sympy already):

from sympy import mod_inverse

mod_inverse(11, 35) # returns 16
mod_inverse(15, 35) # raises ValueError: 'inverse of 15 (mod 35) does not exist'

This doesn’t seem to be documented on the Sympy website, but here’s the docstring: Sympy mod_inverse docstring on Github

Here is a concise 1-liner that does it, without using any external libraries.

# Given 0<a<b, returns the unique c such that 0<c<b and a*c == gcd(a,b) (mod b).
# In particular, if a,b are relatively prime, returns the inverse of a modulo b.
def invmod(a,b): return 0 if a==0 else 1 if b%a==0 else b - invmod(b%a,a)*b//a

Note that this is really just egcd, streamlined to return only the single coefficient of interest.

I try different solutions from this thread and in the end I use this one:

def egcd(a, b):
    lastremainder, remainder = abs(a), abs(b)
    x, lastx, y, lasty = 0, 1, 1, 0
    while remainder:
        lastremainder, (quotient, remainder) = remainder, divmod(lastremainder, remainder)
        x, lastx = lastx - quotient*x, x
        y, lasty = lasty - quotient*y, y
    return lastremainder, lastx * (-1 if a < 0 else 1), lasty * (-1 if b < 0 else 1)

def modinv(a, m):
    g, x, y = self.egcd(a, m)
    if g != 1:
        raise ValueError('modinv for {} does not exist'.format(a))
    return x % m

Modular_inverse in Python

Here is my code, it might be sloppy but it seems to work for me anyway.

# a is the number you want the inverse for
# b is the modulus

def mod_inverse(a, b):
    r = -1
    B = b
    A = a
    eq_set = []
    full_set = []
    mod_set = []

    #euclid's algorithm
    while r!=1 and r!=0:
        r = b%a
        q = b//a
        eq_set = [r, b, a, q*-1]
        b = a
        a = r

    for i in range(0, 4):

    mod_set.insert(2, 1)
    counter = 0

    #extended euclid's algorithm
    for i in range(1, len(full_set)):
        if counter%2 == 0:
            mod_set[2] = full_set[-1*(i+1)][3]*mod_set[4]+mod_set[2]
            mod_set[3] = full_set[-1*(i+1)][1]

        elif counter%2 != 0:
            mod_set[4] = full_set[-1*(i+1)][3]*mod_set[2]+mod_set[4]
            mod_set[1] = full_set[-1*(i+1)][1]

        counter += 1

    if mod_set[3] == B:
        return mod_set[2]%B
    return mod_set[4]%B

The code above will not run in python3 and is less efficient compared to the GCD variants. However, this code is very transparent. It triggered me to create a more compact version:

def imod(a, n):
 c = 1
 while (c % a > 0):
     c += n
 return c // a

from the cpython implementation source code:

def invmod(a, n):
    b, c = 1, 0
    while n:
        q, r = divmod(a, n)
        a, b, c, n = n, c, b - q*c, r
    # at this point a is the gcd of the original inputs
    if a == 1:
        return b
    raise ValueError("Not invertible")

according to the comment above this code, it can return small negative values, so you could potentially check if negative and add n when negative before returning b.

To figure out the modular multiplicative inverse I recommend using the Extended Euclidean Algorithm like this:

def multiplicative_inverse(a, b):
    origA = a
    X = 0
    prevX = 1
    Y = 1
    prevY = 0
    while b != 0:
        temp = b
        quotient = a/b
        b = a%b
        a = temp
        temp = X
        a = prevX - quotient * X
        prevX = temp
        temp = Y
        Y = prevY - quotient * Y
        prevY = temp

    return origA + prevY

Well, I don’t have a function in python but I have a function in C which you can easily convert to python, in the below c function extended euclidian algorithm is used to calculate inverse mod.

int imod(int a,int n){
int c,i=1;
    c = n * i + 1;
        c = c/a;
return c;}

Python Function

def imod(a,n):
  while True:
    c = n * i + 1;
      c = c/a
    i = i+1

  return c

Reference to the above C function is taken from the following link C program to find Modular Multiplicative Inverse of two Relatively Prime Numbers