MD5 is (atleast when it was created) a standardized 1-way function that takes in data input of any form and maps it to a fixed-size output string, irrespective of the size of the input string.
Though it is used as a cryptographic hash function, it has been found to suffer from a lot of vulnerabilities.
The hash function generates the same output hash for the same input string. This means that, you can use this string to validate files or text or anything when you pass it across the network or even otherwise. MD5 can act as a stamp or for checking if the data is valid or not.
For example -
|Input String||Output Hash|
|computer science is amazing! I love it.||f3c5a497380310d828cdfc1737e8e2a3|
MD5 hash of a String in Python
MD5 hash can be created using the python's default module
hashlib. There are many more hash functions defined in the
The process of creating an MD5 hash in python is very simple. First import hashlib, then encode your string that you want to hash i.e., converts the string into the byte equivalent using encode(), then pass it through the
hashlib.md5() function. We print the
hexdigest value of the hash
m, which is the hexadecimal equivalent encoded string.
Working code example-
import hashlib text = 'Hello!' m = hashlib.md5(text.encode('UTF-8')) print(m.hexdigest())
Output of the above code-
The value you see here
d41d8cd98f00b204e9800998ecf8427e is the MD5 hash of the string
The functions used in the above code-
- encode() : Converts the string into bytes to be acceptable by hash function.
- hexdigest() : Returns the encoded data in hexadecimal format.
You can also update the value of the string and check it as well if needed. This can be used to strengthen the hash logic in your workflow where you can append strings in certain order and see if your hash matched the source hash.
import hashlib text = 'Hello!' m = hashlib.md5() print(m.hexdigest()) m.update(b"Have Fun!") print(m.hexdigest()) m.update(text.encode('UTF-8')) print(m.hexdigest())
Output of the above code-
As you see, the MD5 hash of a string using Python is as simple as this code.
Let me summarize creating a hash in python, so that it becomes easy for you to refer-
- Create MD5 in python for String, MD5 in python for File
- Create SHA-256 in python for String, SHA-256 in python for File
- Create SHA-512 in python for String, SHA-512 in python for File
- Create SHA3-256 in python for String, SHA3-256 in python for File
- Create SHA3-512 in python for String, SHA3-512 in python for File
I'm glad that you found the content useful. Happy Coding.