GetFileHash task

Computes checksums of the contents of a file or set of files.

This task was added in 15.8, but requires a workaround to use for MSBuild versions below 16.0.

Task parameters

The following table describes the parameters of the GetFileHash task.

Parameter Description
Files Required ITaskItem[] parameter.

The files to be hashed.
Items ITaskItem[] output parameter.

The Files input with additional metadata set to the file hash.
Hash String output parameter.

The hash of the file. This output is only set if there was exactly one item passed in.
Algorithm Optional String parameter.

The algorithm. Allowed values: SHA256, SHA384, SHA512. Default = SHA256.
MetadataName Optional String parameter.

The metadata name where the hash is stored in each item. Defaults to FileHash.
HashEncoding Optional String parameter.

The encoding to use for generated hashes. Defaults to hex. Allowed values = hex, base64.


The following example uses the GetFileHash task to determine and print the checksum of the FilesToHash items.

    <FilesToHash Include="$(MSBuildThisFileDirectory)\*" />
  <Target Name="GetHash">
    <GetFileHash Files="@(FilesToHash)">
          ItemName="FilesWithHashes" />

    <Message Importance="High"
             Text="@(FilesWithHashes->'%(Identity): %(FileHash)')" />

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