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RPGLE generate SHA-1 Hash - Use Qc3CalculateHash, QDCXLATE to Hash MD5 SHA1 SHA256 SHA384 SHA512

In cryptography, SHA-1 is a cryptographic hash function designed by the National Security Agency and published by the NIST as a U.S. Federal Information Processing Standard. SHA stands for Secure Hash Algorithm. SHA-1 is the most widely used of the existing SHA hash functions, and is employed in several widely-used security applications and protocols.

SHA-1 produces a 160-bit message digest based on principles similar to those used by Ronald L. Rivest of MIT in the design of the MD4 and MD5 message digest algorithms, but has a more conservative design.

Example SHA-1 hashes

These are examples of SHA-1 digests. ASCII encoding is used for all messages.

SHA1("The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog")
= 2fd4e1c6 7a2d28fc ed849ee1 bb76e739 1b93eb12

The hash of the zero-length string is:
SHA1("") = da39a3ee 5e6b4b0d 3255bfef 95601890 afd80709

RPGLE Sample Code to Generate SHA-1 Hash

You can also use it to HASH MD5, SHA256, SHA384, SHA512
h DFTACTGRP(*NO) ACTGRP('AS') BNDDIR('QC2LE') debug                  
d Qc3CalculateHash...                                                     
d                 PR                  ExtProc('Qc3CalculateHash')         
d   InData                        *   value                               
d   IndataL                     10i 0 const                               
d   InDataF                      8a   const                               
d   AlgoDes                     16a   const                               
d   AlgoFmt                      8a   const                               
d   CryptoSP                     1a   const                               
d   CryptoDev                    1a   const options(*omit)                
d   Hash                        64a   options(*varsize:*omit)             
d   ErrorCode                32767a   options(*varsize)                   
d ALGD0500_t      ds                  qualified                           
d                                     based(Template)                     
d   HashAlg                     10i 0                                     
d QDCXLATE        PR                  ExtPgm('QDCXLATE')                  
d   len                          5p 0 const                               
d   data                     32702a   options(*varsize)         
d   table                       10a   const                     
d cvthc           PR                  ExtProc('cvthc')          
d   target                   65534A   options(*varsize)         
d   src_bits                 32767A   options(*varsize) const   
d   tgt_length                  10I 0 value                     
d ErrorNull       ds                  qualified                 
d    BytesPro                   10i 0 inz(0)                    
d    BytesAvai                  10i 0 inz(0)                    
d HASH_MD5        c                   1
d HASH_SHA1       c                   2
d HASH_SHA256     c                   3
d HASH_SHA384     c                   4
d HASH_SHA512     c                   5
d data            s           2000A                             
d len             s             10i 0                           
d alg             ds                  likeds(ALGD0500_t)        
d bin             s             20a 
d $hex            s             40a 
      len = %len(%trimr(data));              
      alg.HashAlg = HASH_SHA1; 
   //Set the HASH Algorithm you want to use !       
   //Convert from EBCDIC to ASCII (skip this step if you want Hash in EBCDIC)         
      QDCXLATE(len: data: 'QTCPASC'); 
   //API to calculate the SHA1 hash
      Qc3CalculateHash( %addr(data)          
                      : len                  
                      : 'DATA0100'           
                      : alg                  
                      : 'ALGD0500'           
                      : '0'                  
                      : *OMIT                
                      : bin                  
                      : ErrorNull );         
      //Convert to HEX                                      
      cvthc( $hex: bin: %len(bin)*2);
   dsply $hex; 
      *inlr = *on;                           
This program uses the Qc3CalculateHash API to calculate the SHA1 hash. It then uses the cvthc() MI function to create a hex representation of the hash to display on the screen. The QDCXLATE API is used to convert the hash from EBCDIC to ASCII.


  1. This example is useful for getting a hash for a fixed-length string variable.

    How about a file level hash in RPGLE?

    1. Well I have never done it. So if you figure it out, please share.

  2. What is the decryption code for this....????

    1. SHA is one way encryption, there is no "legal" way for decryption, you have to use bruteforce