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HashAlgorithm.ComputeHash Method (Stream)

Computes the hash value for the specified Stream object.

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

'Declaration
Public Function ComputeHash ( _
	inputStream As Stream _
) As Byte()

Parameters

inputStream
Type: System.IO.Stream
The input to compute the hash code for.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte()
The computed hash code.

ExceptionCondition
ObjectDisposedException

The object has already been disposed.

The size of the hash value depends on the hash algorithm it is computed for. For example, the size of the hash for the HMACSHA384 algorithm is 384 bits, and the size of the hash for the HMACSHA256 algorithm is 256 bits. You can obtain the size of the hash in bits by calling the HashSize property. For more information about hash codes, see Ensuring Data Integrity with Hash Codes.

The following example calculates the RIPEMD160 hash for all files in a directory.


Imports System
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Security.Cryptography
Imports System.Windows.Forms

Public Class HashDirectory

    Public Shared Sub Main(ByVal args() As String)
        Dim directory As String
        If args.Length < 1 Then
            Dim fdb As New FolderBrowserDialog
            Dim dr As DialogResult = fdb.ShowDialog()
            If (dr = DialogResult.OK) Then
                directory = fdb.SelectedPath
            Else
                Console.WriteLine("No directory selected")
                Return
            End If
        Else
            directory = args(0)
        End If
        Try
            ' Create a DirectoryInfo object representing the specified directory.
            Dim dir As New DirectoryInfo(directory)
            ' Get the FileInfo objects for every file in the directory.
            Dim files As FileInfo() = dir.GetFiles()
            ' Initialize a RIPE160 hash object.
            Dim myRIPEMD160 As RIPEMD160 = RIPEMD160Managed.Create()
            Dim hashValue() As Byte
            ' Compute and print the hash values for each file in directory.
            Dim fInfo As FileInfo
            For Each fInfo In files
                ' Create a fileStream for the file.
                Dim fileStream As FileStream = fInfo.Open(FileMode.Open)
                ' Be sure it's positioned to the beginning of the stream.
                fileStream.Position = 0
                ' Compute the hash of the fileStream.
                hashValue = myRIPEMD160.ComputeHash(fileStream)
                ' Write the name of the file to the Console.
                Console.Write(fInfo.Name + ": ")
                ' Write the hash value to the Console.
                PrintByteArray(hashValue)
                ' Close the file.
                fileStream.Close()
            Next fInfo
            Return
        Catch DExc As DirectoryNotFoundException
            Console.WriteLine("Error: The directory specified could not be found.")
        Catch IOExc As IOException
            Console.WriteLine("Error: A file in the directory could not be accessed.")
        End Try

    End Sub

    ' Print the byte array in a readable format.
    Public Shared Sub PrintByteArray(ByVal array() As Byte)
        Dim i As Integer
        For i = 0 To array.Length - 1
            Console.Write(String.Format("{0:X2}", array(i)))
            If i Mod 4 = 3 Then
                Console.Write(" ")
            End If
        Next i
        Console.WriteLine()

    End Sub 'PrintByteArray
End Class


.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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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