How to Generate SHA-256 Hash in Java With Example

Generate SHA-256 Hash in Java

The SHA-256 stands for "Secure Hash Algorithm 256-bit" is a cryptographic "hash function" that takes input data and produces a fixed-size, 256-bit (32-byte) hash value.

SHA-256 is widely used for data integrity, digital signatures, and security applications.

Let's take a look at a few examples of how to generate a SHA-256 in Java.



public class JavaSHA256HashExample {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws NoSuchAlgorithmException {

        String algorithm = "SHA-256";
        String inputMessage = "Code2care";
        MessageDigest sha256MessageDigest = MessageDigest.getInstance(algorithm);
        byte[] hashBytes = sha256MessageDigest.digest(inputMessage.getBytes());

        StringBuilder hexString = new StringBuilder();
        for (byte b : hashBytes) {
            hexString.append(String.format("%02x", b));

        System.out.println("Message:" + inputMessage);
        System.out.println("SHA-256 Hash: " + hexString.toString());


SHA-256 Hash: 96111e521eec4620d6da2006d39891a7c8099dba6861baca73a11037a9bf63bb

We have made use of the builtin MessageDigest class from API and not used any 3rd party libraries.

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