How to match HMACSHA256 between C# & Python

Things are rarely simple or obvious when working across languages; especially when one is .net.
Rather than waste time here's the code, in its long form.

Test parameters

With a key 182634d8894831d5dbce3b3185c50881
and a message or data value of some random junk
with both solutions we should receive d94ed997943420b7d5dfb9b31ae236b7b5225510d8f0314c54ad44fb5fd44a06


public string HmacSHA256(string key, string data)  
    string hash;
    ASCIIEncoding encoder = new ASCIIEncoding();
    Byte[] code = encoder.GetBytes(key);
    using (HMACSHA256 hmac = new HMACSHA256(code))
        Byte[] hmBytes = hmac.ComputeHash(encoder.GetBytes(data));
        hash = ToHexString(hmBytes);
    return hash;

public static string ToHexString(byte[] array)  
    StringBuilder hex = new StringBuilder(array.Length * 2);
    foreach (byte b in array)
        hex.AppendFormat("{0:x2}", b);
    return hex.ToString();

Which will generate the same value for the same given inputs as:

Python 2.7/3'utf-8'), data.encode('utf-8'), hashlib.sha256).hexdigest()  
Chris McKee

Chris McKee

Software Engineer, Web Front/Backend/Architecture; all-round tech obsessed geek. I hate unnecessary optimism

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