Get Hashes from Texts

Before the advent of PowerShell 5 (and Get-FileHash), to calculate hashes for strings and files, you’d need to resort to pure .NET methods. Here is sample code to create a MD5 hash for a string:

$Text = 'this is the text that you want to convert into a hash'

$Provider = New-Object -TypeName Security.Cryptography.MD5CryptoServiceProvider
$Encodiner = New-Object -TypeName Text.UTF8Encoding

$Bytes = $Encodiner.GetBytes($Text)
$hashBytes = $Provider.ComputeHash($Bytes)
$hash = [System.BitConverter]::ToString($hashBytes)

# remove dashes if needed
$hash -replace '-'

If you’d like to calculate a hash for a file content, either use Get-Content to read the file, or try this:

$Path = "C:somefile.txt"

# use your current PowerShell host as a sample
$Path = Get-Process -Id $Pid | Select-Object -ExpandProperty Path

$Provider = New-Object -TypeName Security.Cryptography.MD5CryptoServiceProvider
$FileContent = [System.IO.File]::ReadAllBytes($Path)
$hashBytes = $Provider.ComputeHash($FileContent)
$hash = [System.BitConverter]::ToString($HashBytes)

$hash -replace '-'

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