MD5

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The Message-Digest algorithm 5 (MD5) is a hash function with a 128-bit hash value.

Tools

On most Unix systems the tools md5 or md5sum can be used to determine the MD5 hash of a file or device. md5deep can create MD5 hashes of whole directory trees.

Problems

MD5 is reported to have problems, so you might want to investigate other hash functions such as SHA-1 or SHA-256.

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