SHAdigest (String function)

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20-byte SHA digest (String class)

The SHAdigest intrinsic function returns the 20-byte (always) binary string that is the SHA-1 digest of the method object string.


%outString = string:SHAdigest

Syntax terms

%outString A string variable to receive the SHA-1 digest of the method object string.
string The string to which the method is applied.

Usage notes

  • SHA (Secure Hash Algorithm) is a set of cryptographic hashing functions; SHAdigest provides SHA-1, which was the most commonly used. SHA-1 is no longer recommended for the signing of Internet security certificates. A complete explanation of SHA hashing can easily be found on the internet.
  • This method is useful for storing one-way encrypted passwords in a file. SHA is considered unreversible. That is, the only way to get a password given a digest is brute force: trying passwords until one produces the digest (more or less a hash) value.
  • SHAdigest is available for use by Model 204 V7.5 or Janus Network Security customers.
  • SHAdigest is available as of Sirius Mods Version 7.3.


The 20-byte SHA-1 hash of a string is typically expressed as a 40-digit hex value. In the following example, the output string from the SHAdigest method is converted to hex using the StringToHex intrinsic method:

printText {~} is {'this is a simple test':shadigest:stringtohex}

The result is:

'this is a simple test':shadigest:stringtohex is BC38AA2D6769639946806616C14AF0C69477AABE

See also