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MD5 & SHA Checksum Utility

By Raymond's Personal Software Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of MD5 & SHA Checksum Utility

  • Generate and verify MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256 and SHA-512 hashes of a file
  • Last updated on 01/30/14
  • There have been 0 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 3 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 30, 2009

Raymond Lin's MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility is a standalone freeware tool that generates and verifies cryptographic hashes in MD5 and SHA-1. Cryptographic hash functions are commonly used to guard against malicious changes to protected data in a wide variety of software, Internet, and security applications, including digital signatures and other forms of authentication. Two of the most common cryptographic hash functions are the Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA) and Message Digest Algorithm-5 (MD5). Checksum utilities are used to verify the integrity of generated hashes. There are two basic types, those that calculate checksum values and those that also validate them by checking them against a list of values for the protected data, which is the only way it can be done.

The program has a basic, utterly functional interface that should pose no trouble for anyone with the knowledge and skill to actually need it. To generate or verify a hash, you simply browse to the file of choice, select either MD5 or SHA-1, and click either Copy to generate the hash or Verify to check its integrity. A Paste function automatically enters the generated hash for verification at the click of a button.

MD5 & SHA-1 Checksum Utility is free to download and use, though Ray accepts donations from satisfied users. At a mere 57k, his checksum tool is about as small as a useful, functioning utility can be in this age of bloatware, and even more so considering that it's certified to work in Windows Vista and 7.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.1

Version 2.1 includes:

  • Included SHA-512 hash
  • Introduced Pro version
  • Improved Drag and Drop function
  • Minor bug fixes

General

Release January 28, 2014
Date Added January 30, 2014
Version 2.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0

Popularity

Total Downloads 704,050
Downloads Last Week 363
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Developer's Description

MD5 & SHA Checksum Utility is a standalone freeware that can generate MD5, SHA-1, SHA-256 & SHA-512 hashes from a file. In addition, you can verify the hash to ensure the file integrity is correct with the matching file.