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MultiSum is a command line file hasher. Most of the other tools I've seen only focus on a single hash, or don't allow for parallel calculations. Some of my applications needed to collect the CRC, md5 and sha from a bunch of large files, which is painful if you have to do three reads. This program makes the most common hashes available in one tool and can calculate them all on a single pass through a given file; it uses one thread per selected hash to leverage multi-core CPU's. An interesting side effect is that if you run enough hashes in parallel you will be restricted by memory bandwidth, rather than CPU or IO.

In addition to computing many hashes in parallel, this tool also features Unicode and long path support, and can handle NTFS alternate data streams.

The tool also has a verification mode for processing existing checksum files; the following types are supported: .sfv, md5, .sha1, sha256, .blake2/.blake2b.

Output is completely customizable, so you can use multiSum to generate .sfv files, .md5 files, or anything else. Check the examples in the usage instructions. Supported hashes are: Adler32, CRC32 (optimized implementation, outperforms the native windows function), MD2, MD4, MD5, RIPEMD160, SHA1, various SHA2, various SHA3, various Blake2B, and Whirlpool. KangarooTwelve, tiger, & others might be coming in a future version.

A benchmarking mode is included to test hash speeds.

Usage Notes

Version 4.6.2 or better of the .net framework is recommended. Get it from Microsoft.

No installation; just unpack and run.

Command-line Usage:

File or directory names must be quoted if they contain spaces.
More than one file or folder can be listed, separated by spaces.

Must be either on (-s:1) or off (-s:0)
If any directories are specified, this flag determines if we hash files found in all subdirectories or only those immediately inside the specified directory.
Defaults is no subdirectory processing: -s:0

The format string defines how the programs output looks, as well as what hashes are calculated; the string must be quoted if it contains spaces.
For each file processed, the following replacements are made in the format string, and that string is output:
%FILEPATH% - the full path to the file including drive letter.
%FILENAME% - the file name.
%FILESIZE% - the file size.
%RELATIVEPATH% - the full path to the file with the CWD removed.
%CTIME% OR %MTIME% - the file's creation or modification time.
%RTIME% - the run time of the program.
"\n", "\t" or "\r"- replaced with a newline, tab, or carriage return. Any of: %ADLER32%, %CRC32%, %MD2, %MD4, %MD5, %SHA1%, %RIPEMD160%, %SHA256%, %SHA384%, %SHA512%, %SHA3%, %SHA3_224%, %SHA3_256%, %SHA3_384%, %SHA3_512%, %BLAKE2B%, %BLAKE2B160%, %BLAKE2B256%, %WHIRLPOOL%
... are replaced with their respective hash values (in hex).
%.md5%, %.sfv%, %.sha1%, %.sha256%, or %.blake2b% will be replaced with formats matching their respective file types.
Only the hashes specified in the format string will be calculated.
The default format is: "%FILENAME% %MD5%\n"

Arguments are processed left to right. The subdirectory flag and the output format string can be added as many times as desired to change the processing of files/directories to their right.

If you use multisum from within a .bat file, remember you have to escape any percent signs in the args, eg: multisum.exe -o:%MD5% c:\test.txt should be multisum.exe -o:%%MD5%% c:\test.txt in a .bat file.

Other Args/Modes:
-h prints this help text
-b:0-3 sets the benchmark level:
-b:0 No extra output. (Default)
-b:1 Total run stats; reports the # of files hashed, the time & speed.
-b:2 File stats; also reports the time & speed for each file individually.
-b:3 Full stats; also runs a raw benchmark of every hash algo.
-i:1 Engages STDIN processing. On receiving this arg, the program enters into a loop processing standard input, it expects one file or folder name per line, unquoted. Files & folders will be processed as per options previously set (no options are processed while in the STDIN loop). This mode is exited when the program sees -i:0 on its own line in STDIN.
When a valid verification/checksum file is provided after the colon (again, names with spaces must be quoted), the utility will re-hash each file sepcified in the verification file and report matches and errors. Supported types are: .sfv, md5, .sha1, sha256, .blake2/.blake2b

This command runs the program on a single directory and prints the filenames & md5 hashes, one per line:
multisum.exe "-o:%MD5% %FILENAME%\n" c:\Text_files\
This is tab separated hashes, including subdirectories:
multisum.exe -o:%FILENAME%\t%SHA1%\t%SHA256\n -s:1 c:\windows
This command creates a .sfv checksum file for the current directory:
multisum.exe -o:%.sfv% -s:1 . > checksum.sfv
This command verifies the previously created checksum file:
multisum.exe -v:checksum.sfv


License Information

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This software is distributed as-is, without any representations or warranties of any kind.
The author of this software imposes no additional license terms or limits upon its use or redistribution.


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