MD5/SHA1 Comparison

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MD5/SHA1 Comparison

Post by Billfred » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:42 am


Just started writing a few tests in Ranorex Studio 3 and am fairly new to this so do excuse me if this a stupid question.

The test I am writing involves comparing two files, one before upload and then the resulting file after it has been uploaded to a website. I thought the easiest way of doing this would be comparing the hash value of the two files. I can do this manually using Hashtab or something like that but there are many files that need to be compared and it would probably be a fairly long way of doing things.

Is there a simple way of comparing the hash values in Ranorex or is it easier just to compare the file sizes instead?

Any suggestions would be great, thanks.

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Re: MD5/SHA1 Comparison

Post by Ciege » Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:07 pm

I've not used HashTab or done what you are asking but what comes to mind is to just make a single method that does the hash check for you and call it from within a loop of all your files you want to check.

I would suggest checking to see if HashTab has an open API you can call or even a command line interface. If not, search for another utility that does.

Then, get a List of all your files you want to check, run them through a foreach() loop and pass each one, in turn, to your HashCheck method.

It sounds pretty easy to do and a great use for an automated function (although it does not necessarily need to be using an automated test utility as you can do all of that through standard development).
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Re: MD5/SHA1 Comparison

Post by sdaly » Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:14 pm

Depends on what you are trying to compare? If you just want to know the file has changed then comparing a hash of the file before and after would be an easy way. Here is a simple function to do so, just put this in a user code module. I use SHA1 over MD5 as it is faster to compute.

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using System.IO;
using System.Security.Cryptography;

public string CalculateSHA1Hash(string filePath)
		try {
			SHA1CryptoServiceProvider SHA1 = new SHA1CryptoServiceProvider();
			FileStream fs = new FileStream(filePath, FileMode.Open,FileAccess.Read, FileShare.ReadWrite);
			byte[] hashValue = SHA1.ComputeHash(fs);
			string strHashData = BitConverter.ToString(hashValue);
			strHashData = strHashData.Replace("-", "");
		} catch (Exception) {
			return "Could not calculate";

If you need to verify a value inside the file then you would be better reading the file into a string then doing something like

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Ranorex.Validate.IsTrue(File.ReadAllText(@"c:\test.txt).Contains("Expected changed value"), "Validating file contains value whatever");