I’ve been recently working a lot with cryptographic hashes and sometimes it was useful to be able to check results or hash strings on my own while debugging or diagnosing something.

I started doing this so much, that ended up creating a few Windows PowerShell functions to deal with this:

function convert-tobinhex($array) {
   $str = new-object system.text.stringbuilder
   $array | %{
   return $str.ToString()
function convert-frombinhex([string]$binhex) {
   $arr = new-object byte[] ($binhex.Length/2)
   for ( $i=0; $i -lt $arr.Length; $i++ ) {
      $arr[$i] = [Convert]::ToByte($binhex.substring($i*2,2), 16)
   return $arr
function get-hash($value, $hashalgo = 'MD5') {
   $tohash = $value
   if ( $value -is [string] ) {
      $tohash = [text.encoding]::UTF8.GetBytes($value)
   $hash = [security.cryptography.hashalgorithm]::Create($hashalgo)
   return convert-tobinhex($hash.ComputeHash($tohash));

Not very efficient, but does the trick.

Tomas Restrepo

Software developer located in Colombia. Sr. PFE at Microsoft.