File Hashes

All of the files offered on this website have MD5 and/or SHA-1 file hashes listed near the download link.  These file hashes let you verify that the download succeeded error free. Below are some utilities I recommend.

Windows Users

  1. HashMyFiles by NirSoft – no installation needed. Simply drag and drop your downloaded file onto the GUI.  You can speed up the file hash calculation by disabling unneeded hash types from Options > Hash Types.  You can optionally integrate HashMyFiles into the Windows Explorer context menu from Options > Enable Explorer Context Menu.
  2. HashTab by Implbits – integrates with file properties windows. After installing, right-click on a file and choose Properties. Then switch to the File Hashes tab. You can speed up hash calculations by disabling unneeded hash types from the Settings link.

*nix Users

md5sum and sha1sum are almost certainly installed with your distribution. If not, you should probably look into a different linux distribution, or compile them yourself.

Mac Users

  1. HashTab by Implbits – integrates with file properties windows. After installing, right-click on a file and choose Properties. Then switch to the File Hashes tab. You can speed up hash calculations by disabling unneeded hash types from the Settings link.