Linux sha512sum command

Updated: 05/02/2021 by Computer Hope
sha512sum command

On Unix-like operating systems, the sha512sum command computes and checks a SHA512 encrypted message digest.

This page describes the GNU/Linux version of sha256sum.


The sha512sum command displays or check SHA512 (512-bit) checksums. With no FILE, or when FILE is - (a dash), it reads the message digest from standard input.


sha512sum [OPTION]... [FILE]...


-b, --binary Read in binary mode.
-c, --check Read SHA512 sums from the FILEs and check them.
--tag Create a BSD-style checksum.
-t, --text Read in text mode (default).

There is no difference between binary and text mode option on GNU system.

The following four options are useful only when verifying checksums:

--quiet Don't print OK for each successfully verified file.
--status Don't output anything, status code shows success.
--strict Exit non-zero for improperly formatted checksum lines.
-w, --warn Warn about improperly formatted checksum lines.
--help Display this help and exit.
--version 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 character indicating input mode ('*' for binary, space for text), and name for each FILE.


sha512sum example.iso

Running the above command would give the SHA512 checksum of the example.iso file in the current directory. Below is an example of how the output may appear with the full SHA512 checksum followed by the file name.

cf83e1357eefb8bdf1542850d66d8007d620e4050b5715dc83f4a921d36ce9ce47d0d13c5d85f2b0ff8318d2877eec2f63b931bd47417a81a538327af927da3e example.iso

md5sum — Checks the MD5 message digest.
sha224sum — Checks the SHA224 message digest.
sha256sum — Checks the SHA256 message digest.
sha384sum — Checks the SHA384 message digest.