Python wrapper for MurmurHash (MurmurHash3), a set of fast and robust hash functions.
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Python wrapper for MurmurHash (MurmurHash3), a set of fast and robust hash functions.

mmh3 2.5.1 supports Python 2.7, Python 3.3 and higher.


Sample Usage:

>>> import mmh3
>>> mmh3.hash('foo') # 32 bit signed int
>>> mmh3.hash('foo', 42) # uses 42 for its seed
>>> mmh3.hash('foo', signed=False) # 32 bit unsigned int (since Version 2.5)

Other functions:

>>> mmh3.hash64('foo') # two 64 bit signed ints (by using the 128-bit algorithm as its backend)
(-2129773440516405919, 9128664383759220103)
>>> mmh3.hash64('foo',signed =False) #  two 64 bit unsigned ints
(16316970633193145697, 9128664383759220103)
>>> mmh3.hash128('foo', 42) # 128 bit unsigned int
>>> mmh3.hash128('foo', 42, signed = True) # 128 bit signed int
>>> mmh3.hash_bytes('foo') # 128 bit value as bytes

hash64, hash128, and hash_bytes have the third argument for architecture optimization. Use True for x64 and False for x86 (default: True).:

>>> mmh3.hash64('foo', 42, True)
(-840311307571801102, -6739155424061121879)

Version 2.5 added hash_from_buffer, which hashes byte-likes without memory copying. The method is suitable when you hash a large memory-view such as numpy.ndarray.

>>> mmh3.hash_from_buffer(numpy.random.rand(100))
>>> mmh3.hash_from_buffer(numpy.random.rand(100), signed = False)

Beware that hash64 returns two values, because it uses the 128-bit version of MurmurHash3 as its backend.

Version 2.4 added support for 64-bit data.

>>> import numpy as np
>>> a = np.zeros(2**32, dtype=np.int8)
>>> mmh3.hash_bytes(a)

Version 2.4 also changed the type of seeds from signed 32-bit int to unsigned 32-bit int. (The resulting values with signed seeds still remain the same as before, as long as they are 32-bit)

>>> mmh3.hash('aaaa', -1756908916) # signed rep. for 0x9747b28c
>>> mmh3.hash('aaaa', 2538058380) # unsigned rep. for 0x9747b28c

Be careful so that these seeds do not exceed 32-bit. Unexpected results may happen with invalid values.

>>> mmh3.hash('foo', 2 ** 33)
>>> mmh3.hash('foo', 2 ** 34)


2.5.1 (2017-10-31)

  • Bug fix for hash_bytes. Thanks doozr!

2.5 (2017-10-28)

  • Add hash_from_buffer. Thanks Dimitri Vorona!
  • Add a keyword argument signed.

2.4 (2017-05-27)

  • Support seeds with 32-bit unsigned integers; thanks Alexander Maznev!
  • Support 64-bit data (under 64-bit environments)
  • Fix compile errors for Python 3.6 under Windows systems.
  • Add unit testing and continuous integration with Travis CI and AppVeyor.

2.3.2 (2017-05-26)

  • Relicensed from public domain to CC0-1.0.

2.3.1 (2015-06-07)

  • Fix compile errors for gcc >=5.

2.3 (2013-12-08)

  • Add hash128, which returns a 128-bit signed integer.
  • Fix a misplaced operator which could cause memory leak in a rare condition.
  • Fix a malformed value to a Python/C API function which may cause runtime errors in recent Python 3.x versions.

The first two commits are from Derek Wilson. Thanks!

2.2 (2013-03-03)

  • Improve portability to support systems with old gcc (version < 4.4) such as CentOS/RHEL 5.x. (Commit from Micha Gorelick. Thanks!)

2.1 (2013-02-25)

  • Add __version__ constant. Check if it exists when the following revision matters for your application.
  • Incorporate the revision r147, which includes robustness improvement and minor tweaks.

Beware that due to this revision, the result of 32-bit version of 2.1 is NOT the same as that of 2.0. E.g.,:

>>> mmh3.hash('foo') # in mmh3 2.0
>>> mmh3.hash('foo') # in mmh3 2.1

The results of hash64 and hash_bytes remain unchanged. Austin Appleby, the author of Murmurhash, ensured this revision was the final modification to MurmurHash3's results and any future changes would be to improve performance only.




How can I use this module? Any tutorials?

The following textbooks and tutorials are great sources to learn how to use mmh3 (and other hash algorithms in general) for high-performance computing.

Some results are different from other MurmurHash3-based libraries.

By default, mmh3 returns signed values for 32-bit and 64-bit versions and unsigned values for `hash128`, due to historical reasons. Please use the keyword argument signed to obtain a desired result.

For compatibility with Google Guava (Java), see

I want to report errors/ask questions/send requests.

Thank you for helping me to improve the library. Please make sure to post them through the issue tracking system of GitHub. Issues sent directly to my email account may go unnoticed.


MurmurHash3 was originally developed by Austin Appleby and distributed under public domain.

Ported and modified for Python by Hajime Senuma.

See also