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Troubleshoot Easy Linux MD Checksum



You may encounter an error when specifying the md linux checksum. There are several ways to fix this problem, which we’ll talk about shortly.



md5sum is used to check data integrity using MD5 (message digest algorithm 5).

MD5 is a 128-bit cryptographic hash. When used correctly, it can be used to verify the authenticity and integrity of files.


Entry: md5sum /home/mandeep/test/test.cppOutput: c6779ec2960296ed9a04f08d67f64422 /home/mandeep/test/test.cpp

Let’s say everyone wants to install an operating system. To make sure it is the correct CD, it is always advised to check the ISO file with an MD5 checksum so that you don’t install the wrong software (a type of virus that can damage your file system.).


md5sum [OPTIONAL] ... [FILE] ...

Printing or checking MD5 checksum (128 bit).

It calculates the MD5 checksum for the test.cpp file.Conclusion:

c6779ec2960296ed9a04f08d67f64422 /home/mandeep/test/test.cpp

-b: read in binary mode
-c: read MD5 from files and check
– Tag: create BSD-style checksum
-t: read in text mode (default)

Parameters to help you check checksum:
– Ignore-Missing: do not report missing files status
– quiet: do not print OK for every successfully checked file- Status: display nothing, status code indicates success- Strict: non-zero end for improperly formatted checksum files
-w: warning about badly formatted checksum files

Examples of using commands with the following parameters:

Example 1. Save the MD5 checksum to a file and then verify it.

# md5sum /home/mandeep/test/test.cpp> checkmd5.md5

The MD5 checksum for test.cpp is saved in the checkmd5.md5 file

# md5sum -c checkmd5.md5

Checks file content


/home/mandeep/test/test.cpp: OK

After changing the contents of the checkmd5.md5 file, the result is:

/home/mandeep/test/test.cpp: NOT DONEmd5sum: WARNING: 1 calculated checksum DOES NOT match

Example 2: Generating BSD Style Checksum with Tag Option

# md5sum --tag /home/mandeep/test/test.cpp


MD5 (/home/mandeep/test/test.cpp) = c6779ec2960296ed9a04f08d67f64422

Example 3: – Quiet option, can be used when checking the checksum. If proversight succeeded, does not print OK.

# md5sum -c - silent checkmd5.md5

No output means it was successful.

However, if the checksum does not match, a warning is issued.

md checksum linux

# md5sum -c - silent checkmd5.md5/home/mandeep/test/test.cpp: NOT DONEmd5sum: WARNING: 1 calculated checksum DOES NOT match

Example 4: – A warning option that can generate a warning for incorrectly formatted checksum files.

Contents of the checkmd5.md5 file:

c6779ec2960296ed9a04f08d67f64422 /home/mandeep/test/test.cpp

Now run the command with the warning option

# md5sum -c --warn checkmd5.md5/home/mandeep/test/test.cpp: OK

No warnings.

Now format the checkmd5.md5 file


Now run the command

# md5sum -c --warn checkmd5.md5


md5sum: checkmd5.md5: 1: badly formatted MD5 checksum stringmd5sum: checkmd5.md5: 2: Badly formatted MD5 checksum stringmd5sum: checkmd5.md5: Correctly formatted MD5 checksum string not found

and if “warning” is changed to “strict parasem “, it will end for badly formatted checksum strings

other than zero

# md5sum -c - strictmd5.md5 checkmd5sum: checkmd5.md5: Correctly formatted MD5 checksum string not found

– Mandip Singh

1) wikipedia md5sum
2) Linux man page

What Is A Checksum?

The checksum is a digital fingerprint of the file. Technically

A checksum is a small piece of data in a block of digital data to detect errors that may have occurred during transmission or storage.

Checksum is a long data sequence consisting of several letters and numbers. They can usually be found by downloading files from the Internet, for example. Linux distribution images, software packages, etc.

Checksums are most often used to check if an uploaded file is corrupted.

For example, the Ubuntu MATE download page includes a SHA-256 checksum for every image it makes available. After uploading an image, you can generate a checklist for it.the SHA-256 sum and make sure the checksum value matches the one indicated on the website.

Otherwise, it means that the integrity of your downloaded image has been compromised (it may have been corrupted during the boot process). For this tutorial, we will be using the Ubuntu MATE image file, ubuntu-mate-16.10-desktop-amd64.iso.



  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Enter the following command: m md5sum [enter filename with extension] [path to file] – NOTE: you can also drag and drop the file into the terminal window instead of entering the full path.
  3. Press Enter.
  4. The total MD5 amount of the file is displayed.
  5. Compare it with the original value.