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How to hash (MD5 or SHA1) a file with VB.NET

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Hi experts..
I have a VB.NET application which imports a few csv files into a database nightly..
I need to ascertain if the file has changed from the previous nights import before I decide to import it or not.

I thought the easiest way would be to hash the file and store this hash in a table.
Then, each subsequent nightly import, I would simply hash the file, compare it with the hash of the file uploaded the previous night, if the hash's match, do nothing, if the hash's are different, perform the import..

So, can anyone poiont me in the right direction for hashing a file with VB.NET please??

Thanks in advance.

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nffvrxqgrcfqvvc earned 2000 total points
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You can use HashAlgorithm Class, I wrote this class for when I need to calculate hash in either MD5 or SHA1 here you go.
The example defaults to MD5 but just change this line to use SHA1CryptoServiceProvider for SHA1 hash instead.
hashAlg = New MD5CryptoServiceProvider ' or New SHA1CryptoServiceProvider

Imports System.Security.Cryptography
Imports System.IO

Public Class FileChecksum
    Private Const BUF_SIZE As Integer = 65536
    ''' <summary>
    ''' Returns the file integrity checksum hash, otherwise an empty string.
    ''' </summary>
    Public Shared Function IntegrityCheck(ByVal filePath As String) As String
        Dim dataBuffer(BUF_SIZE - 1) As Byte
        Dim dataBufferDummy(BUF_SIZE - 1) As Byte
        Dim dataBytesRead As Integer = 0
        Dim hashResult As String = String.Empty
        Dim hashAlg As HashAlgorithm = Nothing
        Dim fs As FileStream = Nothing

        Try
            hashAlg = New MD5CryptoServiceProvider ' or New SHA1CryptoServiceProvider
            fs = New FileStream(filePath, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read, FileShare.None, BUF_SIZE)
            Do
                dataBytesRead = fs.Read(dataBuffer, 0, BUF_SIZE)
                hashAlg.TransformBlock(dataBuffer, 0, dataBytesRead, dataBufferDummy, 0)
            Loop Until dataBytesRead = 0
            hashAlg.TransformFinalBlock(dataBuffer, 0, 0)
            hashResult = BitConverter.ToString(hashAlg.Hash).Replace("-", "").ToLower
        Catch ex As IOException
            MsgBox(ex.Message, MsgBoxStyle.Critical, "IntegrityCheck")
        Catch ex As UnauthorizedAccessException
            MsgBox(ex.Message, MsgBoxStyle.Critical, "IntegrityCheck")
        Finally
            If Not fs Is Nothing Then
                fs.Close()
                fs.Dispose()
                fs = Nothing
            End If
            If Not hashAlg Is Nothing Then
                hashAlg.Clear() 'Dispose()
                hashAlg = Nothing
            End If
        End Try
        Return hashResult
    End Function

End Class

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by:jcm4101
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Excellent work...
Thanks for the quick and complete solution.

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by:jcm4101
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Actually, I'm a bit confused...

What's the correct way to call this class??

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by:nffvrxqgrcfqvvc
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Whoops I forgot to show that part :(
It's basically just one shared method wrapped in class so it's similiar in respect to a module where you don't need to create an instance.
In the example below I used hashed the windows calculator on Windows 7: calc.exe MD5: 4884da7754823b44ccc2b2106f21146e
 

Debug.Print(FileChecksum.IntegrityCheck("c:\windows\system32\calc.exe"))

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Thanks  a lot..

Just sussed it out myself too  :-)

Greatly appreciated.

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