Node.js object hash library with properties/arrays sorting to provide constant hashes. It also provides a method that returns sorted object strings that can be used for object comparison without hashes.

Hashes are built on top of node's crypto module (so for using in browser use something like browserify-crypto or some kind of crypto functions polyfills). Or you can use only objectSorter (source) for getting your objects' string representation and compare or pass them to your own hash function.

Code Quality Rank: L3
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Programming language: TypeScript
License: MIT License
Tags: Es6     Miscellaneous     Utilities     Object     Rev     Sha256     Hex     Crypto     Hashing     Hash     Object Serialization     hash-object     Object-hash    
Latest version: v2.0.0

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Tiny and fast node.js object hash library with properties/arrays sorting to provide constant hashes. It also provides a method that returns sorted object strings that can be used for object comparison without hashes. One of the fastest among other analogues (see benchmarks).

Hashes are built on top of node's crypto module. If you want to use it in browser it's recommented to use objectSorter only. It will provide you with unique string representation of your object. Afterwards you may use some hash library to reduce string size. Also you may use something like browserify-crypto or some kind of crypto functions polyfills.

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What's new in v2.0.0

Breaking changes

  • Library rewritten in typescript that could cause some side-effects, but it should not.
  • With coerce=false Sets will no longer generate the same hashes as Arrays. In order to restore previous behavior set coerce.set=true.
  • With coerce=false Symbols will generate hash based on symbol .toString value. That's useful for Symbol.for('smth'). If coerce.symbol=true all Symbolss will have equal hashes. TLDR; If you use library with Sets or Symbols with coerce=false in order to keep hashes the same as in v1.X.X you should use following constructor: const hasher = require('node-object-hash')({coerce: {set: true, symbol: true}})
  • Object sorter sources moved to dist directory. If you required it directly via require('node-object-hash/objectSorter') you should change it to require('node-object-hash/dist/objectSorter').
  • Removed old v0 version from code.
  • Changed license to MIT.

New features

  • New granular options. Now you can specify what types need to be sorted or coerced.
  • Add new trim option. It can be used to remove unncecessary spaces in strings or function bodies.
  • Library rewritten to typescript, so it may have better ts compatibility.


npm i node-object-hash -S


  • Supports object property sorting for constant hashes for objects with same properties, but different order.
  • Supports ES6 Maps and Sets.
  • Supports type coercion (see table below).
  • Supports all hashes and encodings of crypto library.
  • Supports large objects and arrays.
  • Has granular options that allows to control what should be sorted or coerced.
  • Very fast comparing to other libs (see Benchmarks section).

Type map

This map displays what types will have identical string representation (e.g. new Set([1, 2, 3]) and [1, 2, 3] will have equal string representations and hashes.

Initial type Mapped type
Array ([]) array
ArrayObject (new Array())
Map array[array]
string ('') string
String (new String())
boolean (true) boolean
Boolean (new Boolean())
number (true) number
Number (new Number())
Date date
Symbol symbol
undefined undefined
null null
function function
Object ({}) object
Object (new Object())
other unknown

Coercion map

Initial "type" Coerced type Example
boolean string true -> 1
number string '1' -> 1
string string 'a' -> a
null string (empty) null ->
undefined string (empty) undefined ->


See [changelog](CHANGELOG.md)


Full API docs could be found in [docs](./docs/README.md).

API overview



Returns preconfigured object with API


  • options:object - object with hasher config options
  • options.coerce:boolean|object - if true performs type coercion (default: true); e.g. hash(true) == hash('1') == hash(1), hash(false) == hash('0') == hash(0)
  • options.sort:boolean|object - if true performs sorting on objects, arrays, etc. (default: true);
  • options.trim:boolean|object - if true performs trim of spaces and replaces space-like characters with single space (default: false);
  • options.alg:string - sets default hash algorithm (default: 'sha256'); can be overridden in hash method;
  • options.enc:string - sets default hash encoding (default: 'hex'); can be overridden in hash method;

API methods

hash(object[, options])

Returns hash string.

  • object:* object for calculating hash;
  • options:object object with options;
  • options.alg:string - hash algorithm (default: 'sha256');
  • options.enc:string - hash encoding (default: 'hex');


Returns sorted string generated from object (can be used for object comparison)

  • object:* - object for sorting;


version >=1.0.0

  • >=nodejs-0.10.0

version >=0.1.0 && <1.0.0

  • >=nodejs-6.0.0
  • >=nodejs-4.0.0 (requires to run node with --harmony flag)


var hasher = require('node-object-hash');

var hashSortCoerce = hasher({sort:true, coerce:true});
// or
// var hashSortCoerce = hasher();
// or
// var hashSort = hasher({sort:true, coerce:false});
// or
// var hashCoerce = hasher({sort:false, coerce:true});

var objects = {
    a: {
      a: [{c: 2, a: 1, b: {a: 3, c: 2, b: 0}}],
      b: [1, 'a', {}, null],
    b: {
      b: ['a', 1, {}, undefined],
      a: [{c: '2', b: {b: false, c: 2, a: '3'}, a: true}]
    c: ['4', true, 0, 2, 3]

hashSortCoerce.hash(objects.a) === hashSortCoerce.hash(objects.b);
// returns true

// returns '[0,1,2,3,4]'

For more examples you can see [tests](./test) or try it out online at runkit


Bench data - array of 100000 complex objects


  • npm run bench to run custom benchmark
  • npm run benchmark to run benchmark suite


Custom benchmark ([code](bench/index.js))

Library Time (ms) Memory (Mb)
node-object-hash-0.2.1 5813.575 34
node-object-hash-1.0.X 2805.581 27
node-object-hash-1.1.X (node v7) 2555.583 27
node-object-hash-1.2.X (node v7) 2390.752 28
node-object-hash-2.X.X (node v12) 1990.622 24
object-hash-1.1.5 (node v7) 28115.553 39
object-hash-1.1.4 534528.254 41
object-hash-1.1.3 ERROR Out of heap memory
hash-object-0.1.7 9219.826 42

Benchmark suite module ([code](bench/bench.js))

Library (node v12) Perf (ops/s)
node-object-hash-2.0.0 2087 ±0.59%
object-hash-1.3.1 239 ±0.39%
hash-object-0.1.7 711 ±0.18%
  • object-hash - Slow, useful for browsers because it not uses node's crypto library
  • hash-object - no ES6 types support



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