# Calculating the checksum of a Byte Array by using CRC32

A Checksum is used for error checking while transferring a file. We know that data flows across the network in the form of packets. So, checksum is a computed value that is dependent on the contents of a file. For each packet the computed checksum will

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# Calculating the checksum of a Byte Array by using CRC32

A Checksum is used for error checking while transferring a file. We know that data flows across the network in the form of packets. So, checksum is a computed value that is dependent on the contents of  a file. For each packet the computed checksum will  be different. This computed value is transmitted with the packet when it is transmitted. The receiving system checks the checksum and on the basis of checksum it receives and rejects the packet. It is mainly used where it becomes necessary to check the packets before accepting it. In this example we are calculating a value of a Byte Array using CRC32.

CRC32: It is a error checking technique used to check the accuracy of data while transmitting it to the other end. Errors are checked while the data is transferring.

byte: The byte is an 8- bit signed primitive data type quantity. The minimum value the byte is -128 and maximum value is +128. It is signed because it can take both negative and positive value. The Byte class wraps a value of primitive type byte in an object. A object of type Byte contains a single field whose type is byte.

ByteArray: It is a Wrapper of array of Bytes, extending class Object.

To calculate the Checksum of the Byte Array by using CRC32 we first need to create a class ChecksumByteArrayCRC32. Inside the class declare a main method. Inside the main method make one object of String class and pass some information in it. We can see the size of a String by using the length method, so that it becomes easy to know how much packets will be generated. Use the method getBytes to get the bytes from the string and store it in an array of type byte. Now create a object of ByteArrayInputStream class and pass the array of type byte in the constructor of class ByteArrayInputStream. This class has an buffer that contains bytes that may be read from the stream. This class extends InputStream. Now create an object of class CheckedInputStream and pass the instances of ByteArrayInputStream class and CRC32 class in the constructor of CheckedInputStream class. Now create a new array of type byte, the array size we have  taken is 5, you can change it according to your own needs. Use the while loop to read the byte from the array. Store the checksum you get in the long primitive type.

In this example we have used following classes and methods.

ByteArrayInputStream: This class extends InputStream. This class has a byte buffer that reads from the stream.

CheckedInputStream: This class extends FilterInputStream class. This class maintains a checksum of the data being read.

CRC32: This class extends Object and implements Checksum interface. It is a class of java.util.zip package. This class computes the CRC32 checksum of the stream.

length(): It will return the size of the string.

read(): It is a method of CheckedInputStream class. This method reads a byte.

getChecksum: It is a method of CheckedInputStream class, which returns the Checksum of the stream.

getValue(): It returns the checksum value. Return type is of long  primitive type.

The code of  the program is given below:

 ``` import java.util.zip.CheckedInputStream; import java.util.zip.CRC32; import java.io.*; public class ChecksumByteArrayCRC{ public static void main(String[] args){ try{    String string = new String("A" + "\u00ea" + "\u00f1" + "\u00fc"     + "C");   System.out.println("The data size is " + string.length());    byte buffer[] = string.getBytes();   ByteArrayInputStream bais = new ByteArrayInputStream(buffer);   CheckedInputStream cis = new CheckedInputStream(bais, new CRC32());   byte readBuffer[] = new byte[5];   while (cis.read(readBuffer) >= 0){   long value = cis.getChecksum().getValue();  System.out.println("The value of checksum is " + value);   }   }  catch(Exception e){  System.out.println("Exception has been caught" + e);   }   } }```

`The output of the program is given below.`

```In the output we can see that the size of data is 5 and the size of the data is also 5, so only one packet is generated and the checksum is generated for that packet. The size of the array can be decrease or increase according to the needs of the programmer. If the size of the data is greater than 5 the number of packets will also increase each having its own checksum value. ```

 C:\java>java ChecksumByteArrayCRC The data size is 5 The value of checksum is   4188635332 C:\java>

The output of the program if the data size is greater than 5.

 C:\java>java ChecksumByteArrayCRC The data size is 7 The value of checksum is 4188635332 The value of checksum is 2856980254 C:\java>

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# Calculating the checksum of a Byte Array by using CRC32

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rohit
October 17, 2011
thanks :)

Thanks for the useful info and code snippet...