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Creating MD5 Hash String Using C#

What is the MD5 hash?
The MD5 hash also known as checksum for a file is a 128-bit value, something like a fingerprint of the file. There is a very small possibility of getting two identical hashes of two different files. This feature can be useful both for comparing the files and their integrity control.
using System;
using System.Text;
using System.Security.Cryptography;

// Create an md5 sum string of this string
static public string GetMd5Sum(string str)
    // First we need to convert the string into bytes, which
    // means using a text encoder.
    Encoder enc = System.Text.Encoding.Unicode.GetEncoder();

    // Create a buffer large enough to hold the string
    byte[] unicodeText = new byte[str.Length * 2];
    enc.GetBytes(str.ToCharArray(), 0, str.Length, unicodeText, 0, true);

    // Now that we have a byte array we can ask the CSP to hash it
    MD5 md5 = new MD5CryptoServiceProvider();
    byte[] result = md5.ComputeHash(unicodeText);

    // Build the final string by converting each byte
    // into hex and appending it to a StringBuilder
    StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
    for (int i=0;i<result.Length;i++)

    // And return it
    return sb.ToString();
A full description of the MD5 algorithm is available in - rfc1321

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