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Python bindings for MetroHash, a fast non-cryptographic hash algorithm

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A Python wrapper around MetroHash

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Getting Started

To use this package in your program, simply enter

pip install metrohash

After that, you should be able to import the module and do things with it (see Example Usage below).

If you want to contribute to this package by developing, the included Makefile provides some useful commands to help you with that task:

git clone
cd python-metrohash
make env           # creates a Python virtualenv
make test          # builds and runs C++ and Python tests

Example Usage

This package provides Python interfaces to 64- and 128-bit implementations of MetroHash algorithm. For stateless hashing, it exports metrohash64 and metrohash128 functions. Both take a value to be hashed (either string or unicode) and an optional seed parameter:

>>> import metrohash
>>> metrohash.metrohash64("abc", seed=0)
>>> metrohash.metrohash128("abc")

For incremental hashing, use MetroHash64 and MetroHash128 classes. Incremental hashing is associative and guarantees that any combination of input slices will result in the same final hash value. This is useful for processing large inputs and stream data. Example with two slices:

>>> mh = metrohash.MetroHash64()
>>> mh.update("Nobody inspects")
>>> mh.update(" the spammish repetition")
>>> mh.intdigest()

Note that the resulting hash value above is the same as in:

>>> mh = metrohash.MetroHash64()
>>> mh.update("Nobody inspects the spammish repetition")
>>> mh.intdigest()

See Also

For other fast non-cryptographic hashing implementations available as Python extensions, see CityHash and xxh.


The original MetroHash algorithm was designed by J. Andrew Rogers. The Python bindings in this package were written by Eugene Scherba.


This software is licensed under the MIT License. See the included LICENSE file for more information.

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