compute and check SHA256 message digest
Calculate the SHA256 checksum for a file
Calculate SHA256 checksums for multiple files
Calculate and save the list of SHA256 checksums to a file
Read a file of SHA256 sums and verify all files have matching checksums
Only show a message for missing files or when verification fails
Only show a message for files for which verification fails, ignoring missing files
sha256sum [OPTION]... [FILE]...
Print or check SHA256 (256-bit) checksums.
With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.
- -b, --binary
read in binary mode
- -c, --check
read checksums from the FILEs and check them
create a BSD-style checksum
- -t, --text
read in text mode (default)
- -z, --zero
end each output line with NUL, not newline, and disable file name escaping
The following five options are useful only when verifying checksums:
don't fail or report status for missing files
don't print OK for each successfully verified file
don't output anything, status code shows success
exit non-zero for improperly formatted checksum lines
- -w, --warn
warn about improperly formatted checksum lines
display this help and exit
output version information and exit
The sums are computed as described in FIPS-180-2. When checking, the input should be a former output of this program. The default mode is to print a line with: checksum, a space, a character indicating input mode ('*' for binary, ' ' for text or where binary is insignificant), and name for each FILE.
Note: There is no difference between binary mode and text mode on GNU systems.
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cksum(1) Full documentation <https://www.gnu.org/software/coreutils/sha256sum> or available locally via: info '(coreutils) sha2 utilities'
Written by Ulrich Drepper, Scott Miller, and David Madore.