Converts a string into a fixed length hexadecimal string.

hash(String [, algorithm] [, encoding] [, iterations]) → returns string

hash Argument Reference

String string

algorithm string
Default: MD5

A supported algorithm such as MD5,SHA,SHA-256,SHA-384, or SHA-512. Of those listed SHA-512 is the strongest and generates a 128 character hex result. CF 7+
  • MD5
  • SHA
  • SHA-256
  • SHA-384
  • SHA-512

encoding string

A string specifying the encoding to use when converting
the string to byte data used by the hash algorithm.
Must be a character encoding name recognized by the
Java runtime. CF 7+
  • utf-8
  • iso-8859-1
  • windows-1252
  • us-ascii
  • shift_jis
  • iso-2022-jp
  • euc-jp
  • euc-kr
  • big5
  • euc-cn
  • utf-16

iterations numeric
Default: 1

Iterates the number of times the hash is computed to create a more computationally intensive hash. Lucee and Adobe CF implement this differently (off by one), see compatibility notes below. CF 10+



Version 4.5+ CF7 added additional algorithm support, CF10 added the iterations option.


The iterations value represents the total number of hashes on Lucee, in Adobe CF the value is the number of additional iterations.

Examples sample code invoking the hash function

Returns 64 character hex result.

hash("something", "SHA-256", "UTF-8")

Expected Result: 3FC9B689459D738F8C88A3A48AA9E33542016B7A4052E001AAA536FCA74813CB

MD5 is not recommended for use requiring security.


Expected Result: 437B930DB84B8079C2DD804A71936B5F

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