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Checking the checksums

This post is mostly about Security Hash Algoritms and how you can use them to verify the integrity of your files.


Let’s say you downloaded something. The website had a sha1sum there and you want to verify that you actually got the file you wanted – and not some tampered malware. Checking is as easy as writing:

sha1sum <filename> .

Or if you want to verify a checksum even more easily, pipe it and use grep.

sha1sum <filename> | grep <checksum_listed_on_the_page> .

If you get the hash as an output that usually means that things are ok. If you get nothing then there is a mismatch.

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