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String.GetHashCode Method

Updated: February 2009

Returns the hash code for this string.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
public override int GetHashCode()

Return Value

Type: System.Int32
A 32-bit signed integer hash code.

The behavior of GetHashCode is dependent on its implementation, which might change from one version of the common language runtime to another. A reason why this might happen is to improve the performance of GetHashCode.

NoteNote:

   If two string objects are equal, the GetHashCode method returns identical values. However, there is not a unique hash code value for each unique string value. Different strings can return the same hash code.

Notes to Callers:

The value returned by GetHashCode is platform-dependent. For a specific string value, it differs on the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the .NET Framework.

The following example demonstrates the GetHashCode method using various input strings.

using System;

class GetHashCode 
{
    public static void Main() 
    {
        DisplayHashCode( "" );
        DisplayHashCode( "a" );
        DisplayHashCode( "ab" );
        DisplayHashCode( "abc" );
        DisplayHashCode( "abd" );
        DisplayHashCode( "abe" );
        DisplayHashCode( "abcdef" );
        DisplayHashCode( "abcdeg" );
        DisplayHashCode( "abcdeh" );
        DisplayHashCode( "abcdei" );
        DisplayHashCode( "Abcdeg" );
        DisplayHashCode( "Abcdeh" );
        DisplayHashCode( "Abcdei" );
    }

    static void DisplayHashCode( String Operand )
    {
        int     HashCode = Operand.GetHashCode( );
        Console.WriteLine("The hash code for \"{0}\" is: 0x{1:X8}, {1}",
                          Operand, HashCode );
    }
}
/*
The example displays output like the following:
      The hash code for "" is: 0x2D2816FE, 757602046
      The hash code for "a" is: 0xCDCAB7BF, -842352705
      The hash code for "ab" is: 0xCDE8B7BF, -840386625
      The hash code for "abc" is: 0x2001D81A, 536991770
      The hash code for "abd" is: 0xC2A94CB5, -1029092171
      The hash code for "abe" is: 0x6550C150, 1699791184
      The hash code for "abcdef" is: 0x1762906D, 392335469
      The hash code for "abcdeg" is: 0x1763906D, 392401005
      The hash code for "abcdeh" is: 0x175C906D, 391942253
      The hash code for "abcdei" is: 0x175D906D, 392007789
      The hash code for "Abcdeg" is: 0x1763954D, 392402253
      The hash code for "Abcdeh" is: 0x175C954D, 391943501
      The hash code for "Abcdei" is: 0x175D954D, 392009037
*/

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows CE, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Xbox 360, Zune

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Date

History

Reason

February 2009

Added Notes for Callers section.

Content bug fix.

July 2008

Added a note to the Remarks section about the uniqueness of values returned by the GetHashCode method.

Content bug fix.

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