Source code: Lib/hashlib.py
This module implements a common interface to many different secure hash and message digest algorithms. Included are the FIPS secure hash algorithms SHA1, SHA224, SHA256, SHA384, and SHA512 (defined in FIPS 180-2) as well as RSA’s MD5 algorithm (defined in Internet RFC 1321). The terms “secure hash” and “message digest” are interchangeable. Older algorithms were called message digests. The modern term is secure hash.
If you want the adler32 or crc32 hash functions, they are available in the zlib module.
Some algorithms have known hash collision weaknesses, refer to the “See also” section at the end.
There is one constructor method named for each type of hash. All return a hash object with the same simple interface. For example: use sha1() to create a SHA1 hash object. You can now feed this object with bytes-like objects (normally bytes) using the update() method. At any point you can ask it for the digest of the concatenation of the data fed to it so far using the digest() or hexdigest() methods.
For better multithreading performance, the Python GIL is released for data larger than 2047 bytes at object creation or on update.
Feeding string objects into update() is not supported, as hashes work on bytes, not on characters.
Constructors for hash algorithms that are always present in this module are md5(), sha1(), sha224(), sha256(), sha384(), and sha512(). Additional algorithms may also be available depending upon the OpenSSL library that Python uses on your platform.
For example, to obtain the digest of the byte string b'Nobody inspects the spammish repetition':
>>> import hashlib >>> m = hashlib.md5() >>> m.update(b"Nobody inspects") >>> m.update(b" the spammish repetition") >>> m.digest() b'\xbbd\x9c\x83\xdd\x1e\xa5\xc9\xd9\xde\xc9\xa1\x8d\xf0\xff\xe9' >>> m.digest_size 16 >>> m.block_size 64
>>> hashlib.sha224(b"Nobody inspects the spammish repetition").hexdigest() 'a4337bc45a8fc544c03f52dc550cd6e1e87021bc896588bd79e901e2'
Is a generic constructor that takes the string name of the desired algorithm as its first parameter. It also exists to allow access to the above listed hashes as well as any other algorithms that your OpenSSL library may offer. The named constructors are much faster than new() and should be preferred.
Using new() with an algorithm provided by OpenSSL:
>>> h = hashlib.new('ripemd160') >>> h.update(b"Nobody inspects the spammish repetition") >>> h.hexdigest() 'cc4a5ce1b3df48aec5d22d1f16b894a0b894eccc'
Hashlib provides the following constant attributes:
Contains the names of the hash algorithms guaranteed to be supported by this module on all platforms.
New in version 3.2.
Contains the names of the hash algorithms that are available in the running Python interpreter. These names will be recognized when passed to new(). algorithms_guaranteed will always be a subset. Duplicate algorithms with different name formats may appear in this set (thanks to OpenSSL).
New in version 3.2.
The following values are provided as constant attributes of the hash objects returned by the constructors:
The size of the resulting hash in bytes.
The internal block size of the hash algorithm in bytes.
A hash object has the following methods:
Update the hash object with the object arg, which must be interpretable as a buffer of bytes. Repeated calls are equivalent to a single call with the concatenation of all the arguments: m.update(a); m.update(b) is equivalent to m.update(a+b).
Changed in version 3.1: The Python GIL is released to allow other threads to run while hash updates on data larger than 2047 bytes is taking place when using hash algorithms supplied by OpenSSL.
Like digest() except the digest is returned as a string object of double length, containing only hexadecimal digits. This may be used to exchange the value safely in email or other non-binary environments.
Return a copy (“clone”) of the hash object. This can be used to efficiently compute the digests of data sharing a common initial substring.