Whilst doing some work in a library I maintain, I needed to add in the ability to calculate the hash of an included file for an integrity check feature I was adding in. The resulting solution is simple and not boast-worthy, but given others might encounter a situation where they need a hash of a file, this might help.
We use the
fs module to open up the file we want to calculate the hash for, use the
createHash method on the
crypto package to then pass in our file buffer from the
readFileSync method, and that’s it.
const crypto = require('crypto'); const fs = require('fs'); const fileBuffer = fs.readFileSync('myfile.js'); const hashSum = crypto.createHash('sha256'); hashSum.update(fileBuffer); const hex = hashSum.digest('hex'); console.log(hex);
createHash method you can supply different supported algorithms including;
sha256. To the digest method, you can supply
base64. If speed is essential to you, sha1 and base64 are the two fastest options in most cases. However, all options are pretty fast anyway.
I appreciate this. Saved me some time.