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String.GetHashCode Method

Returns the hash code for this string.

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

[SecuritySafeCriticalAttribute]
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.

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


// Example for the String.GetHashCode( ) method.
using System;

class Example
{
   public static void Demo(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock)
   {
      outputBlock.Text +=
          "This example of String.GetHashCode() " +
          "generates the following output.\n" + "\n";

      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "");
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "a");
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "ab");
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abc");
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abd");
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abe");
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abcdef");
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abcdeg");
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abcdeh");
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "abcdei");
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "Abcdeg");
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "Abcdeh");
      DisplayHashCode(outputBlock, "Abcdei");
   }

   static void DisplayHashCode(System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock outputBlock, String Operand)
   {
      int HashCode = Operand.GetHashCode();
      outputBlock.Text += String.Format(
          "The hash code for \"{0}\" is: 0x{1:X8}, {1}",
          Operand, HashCode) + "\n";
   }
}

/*
This example of String.GetHashCode( ) generates the following output.

The hash code for "" is: 0x00001505, 5381
The hash code for "a" is: 0x0002B5C4, 177604
The hash code for "ab" is: 0x00596E26, 5860902
The hash code for "abc" is: 0x0B873285, 193409669
The hash code for "abd" is: 0x0B873282, 193409666
The hash code for "abe" is: 0x0B873283, 193409667
The hash code for "abcdef" is: 0x4DDB4BE2, 1306217442
The hash code for "abcdeg" is: 0x4DDB4BE3, 1306217443
The hash code for "abcdeh" is: 0x4DDB4BEC, 1306217452
The hash code for "abcdei" is: 0x4DDB4BED, 1306217453
The hash code for "Abcdeg" is: 0x941C4FC3, -1810083901
The hash code for "Abcdeh" is: 0x941C4FCC, -1810083892
The hash code for "Abcdei" is: 0x941C4FCD, -1810083891
*/


Silverlight

Supported in: 5, 4, 3

Silverlight for Windows Phone

Supported in: Windows Phone OS 7.1, Windows Phone OS 7.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: Xbox 360, Windows Phone OS 7.0

For a list of the operating systems and browsers that are supported by Silverlight, see Supported Operating Systems and Browsers.

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