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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Calculating Hashvalues for files the way .NET does for the Application Manifest


I had to write a custom download component to download modules for a ClickOnce deployed application. The actual downloading is simple, the tricky part was creating the manifest and make sure that I only download files that are required.

I am using an GeneraApplicationManifest MSBuild task to generate an application manifest. The documentation is very easy to follow.

The generated manifest will include a Hash value. It is fairly simple to compute the same hash value manually and be able to validate it.

private bool HashChanged(string fileName, string originalHashValue)
            byte[] Hash = Convert.FromBase64String(originalHashValue));
            byte[] newHash;
            SHA1Managed sha = new SHA1Managed();
            FileStream strm = null;
                strm = new FileStream(fileName, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read);         
                newHash = sha.ComputeHash(strm);
                if (strm != null)

            if (Hash.Length != newHash.Length)
                return true;
            for(int i = 0; i< Hash.Length; i++)
                if (Hash[i] != newHash[i])
                    return true;
            return false;
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