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How to Verify the Integrity of a File with SHA-1

How to Verify the Integrity of a File with SHA-1 Posted on February 22, 20161 Comment
Eric Beyer is a general pediatrician in Canandaigua, New York who has played and worked with computers since the third grade. He has been using Linux regularly for the past ten years and is excited to learn from its awesome community. Eric provides Freedom Penguin with editorial assistance.
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(Matt’s addendum to Eric’s video) There are other Secure Hash Algorithms available, however for the demonstration in this video, Eric will be using SHA-1.

Raspbian for example, offers what you need to verify your download using SHA-1. While it’s depreciated when compared to other Secure Hash Algorithm options, it does provide you with an idea how to verify the media you’ve downloaded before installing it.

 

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No need to use the command line!
The gtkhash package is a nice GUI that will make this check easier. There are companion packages to put it in the context menu of the thunar (xfce), nautilus (gnome) and nemo (cinnamon) file managers.