HashAlgorithmProvider HashAlgorithmProvider HashAlgorithmProvider HashAlgorithmProvider HashAlgorithmProvider Class


Represents a cryptographic hash provider. For more information about hashes, see MACs, hashes, and signatures.

public : sealed class HashAlgorithmProvider
struct winrt::Windows::Security::Cryptography::Core::HashAlgorithmProvider
public sealed class HashAlgorithmProvider
Public NotInheritable Class HashAlgorithmProvider
// This class does not provide a public constructor.

Windows 10 requirements

Device family
Windows 10 (introduced v10.0.10240.0)
API contract
Windows.Foundation.UniversalApiContract (introduced v1)


using Windows.Security.Cryptography;
using Windows.Security.Cryptography.Core;
using Windows.Storage.Streams;

namespace SampleHashAlgorithmProvider

    sealed partial class HashAlgProviderApp : Application
        public HashAlgProviderApp()
            // Initialize the application.

            // Hash a message.
            String strAlgName = HashAlgorithmNames.Sha512;
            String strMsg = "This is a message to be hashed.";
            String strEncodedHash = this.SampleHashMsg(strAlgName, strMsg);

        public String SampleHashMsg(String strAlgName, String strMsg)
            // Convert the message string to binary data.
            IBuffer buffUtf8Msg = CryptographicBuffer.ConvertStringToBinary(strMsg, BinaryStringEncoding.Utf8);

            // Create a HashAlgorithmProvider object.
            HashAlgorithmProvider objAlgProv = HashAlgorithmProvider.OpenAlgorithm(strAlgName);

            // Demonstrate how to retrieve the name of the hashing algorithm.
            String strAlgNameUsed = objAlgProv.AlgorithmName;

            // Hash the message.
            IBuffer buffHash = objAlgProv.HashData(buffUtf8Msg);

            // Verify that the hash length equals the length specified for the algorithm.
            if (buffHash.Length != objAlgProv.HashLength)
                throw new Exception("There was an error creating the hash");

            // Convert the hash to a string (for display).
            String strHashBase64 = CryptographicBuffer.EncodeToBase64String(buffHash);

            // Return the encoded string
            return strHashBase64;


You create a HashAlgorithmProvider object by calling the static OpenAlgorithm method and specifying one of the following algorithm names:

  • MD5
  • SHA1
  • SHA256
  • SHA384
  • SHA512


AlgorithmName AlgorithmName AlgorithmName AlgorithmName AlgorithmName

Gets the name of the open hash algorithm.

HashLength HashLength HashLength HashLength HashLength

Gets the length, in bytes, of the hash.


CreateHash() CreateHash() CreateHash() CreateHash() CreateHash()

Creates a reusable CryptographicHash object.

HashData(IBuffer) HashData(IBuffer) HashData(IBuffer) HashData(IBuffer) HashData(IBuffer)

Hashes binary data.

OpenAlgorithm(String) OpenAlgorithm(String) OpenAlgorithm(String) OpenAlgorithm(String) OpenAlgorithm(String)

Creates a HashAlgorithmProvider object and opens the specified algorithm for use.

See also