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HashAlgorithm.ComputeHash Method (Byte[])

Computes the hash value for the specified byte array.

Namespace:  System.Security.Cryptography
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public byte[] ComputeHash(
	byte[] buffer
)

Parameters

buffer
Type: System.Byte[]

The input to compute the hash code for.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]
The computed hash code.

ExceptionCondition
ArgumentNullException

buffer is null.

ObjectDisposedException

The object has already been disposed.

The following example computes the MD5 hash value of a string and returns the hash as a 32-character, hexadecimal-formatted string. The hash string created by this code example is compatible with any MD5 hash function (on any platform) that creates a 32-character, hexadecimal-formatted hash string.

using System;
using System.Security.Cryptography;
using System.Text;

namespace MD5Sample
{
    class Program
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            string source = "Hello World!";
            using (MD5 md5Hash = MD5.Create())
            {
                string hash = GetMd5Hash(md5Hash, source);

                Console.WriteLine("The MD5 hash of " + source + " is: " + hash + ".");

                Console.WriteLine("Verifying the hash...");

                if (VerifyMd5Hash(md5Hash, source, hash))
                {
                    Console.WriteLine("The hashes are the same.");
                }
                else
                {
                    Console.WriteLine("The hashes are not same.");
                }
            }



        }
        static string GetMd5Hash(MD5 md5Hash, string input)
        {

            // Convert the input string to a byte array and compute the hash. 
            byte[] data = md5Hash.ComputeHash(Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(input));

            // Create a new Stringbuilder to collect the bytes 
            // and create a string.
            StringBuilder sBuilder = new StringBuilder();

            // Loop through each byte of the hashed data  
            // and format each one as a hexadecimal string. 
            for (int i = 0; i < data.Length; i++)
            {
                sBuilder.Append(data[i].ToString("x2"));
            }

            // Return the hexadecimal string. 
            return sBuilder.ToString();
        }

        // Verify a hash against a string. 
        static bool VerifyMd5Hash(MD5 md5Hash, string input, string hash)
        {
            // Hash the input. 
            string hashOfInput = GetMd5Hash(md5Hash, input);

            // Create a StringComparer an compare the hashes.
            StringComparer comparer = StringComparer.OrdinalIgnoreCase;

            if (0 == comparer.Compare(hashOfInput, hash))
            {
                return true;
            }
            else
            {
                return false;
            }
        }

    }
}

// This code example produces the following output: 
// 
// The MD5 hash of Hello World! is: ed076287532e86365e841e92bfc50d8c. 
// Verifying the hash... 
// The hashes are the same.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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