XL.ComputeMD5Hash function: encode a text string to an MD5 hash

How to use ComputeMD5Hash function for Excel: formula and results

XL.ComputeMD5Hash function – Text function type – returns the MD5 hash value for the specified text string in a specified encoding.

Using the MD5 hashing algorithm, the function helps encode any text string into a 128-bit hash value. Supported encodings include: ASCII, Unicode, BigEndianUnicode, UTF7, UTF8, UTF32.

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=XL.ComputeMD5Hash(text, encoding)

The text string to generate the hash for
Encoding to be used to generate the hash value:
  • Default if not specified in the formula
  • Unicode
  • BigEndianUnicode
  • UTF7
  • UTF8
  • UTF32

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=XL.ComputeMD5Hash("Simple text string")Returns MD5 hash for the specified text string
=XL.ComputeMD5Hash(A3)Returns MD5 hash for the text string in cell A3
=XL.ComputeMD5Hash(A3,"ASCII")Returns MD5 hash in ASCII encoding for the text string in cell A3
=XL.ComputeMD5Hash(A3,UTF8)Returns MD5 hash in UTF8 encoding for the text string in cell A3

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