sha512sum (1)

Quick Reference

Calculate SHA512 cryptographic checksums.

  • Calculate the SHA512 checksum for a file:

sha512sum {{filename1}}

  • Calculate SHA512 checksums for multiple files:

sha512sum {{filename1}} {{filename2}}

  • Read a file of SHA512 sums and verify all files have matching checksums:

sha512sum -c {{filename.sha512}}


sha512sum - compute and check SHA512 message digest


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


Print or check SHA512 (512-bit) checksums.
With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.
-b, --binary
read in binary mode
-c, --check
read SHA512 sums from the FILEs and check them
create a BSD-style checksum
-t, --text
read in text mode (default)

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.


Written by Ulrich Drepper, Scott Miller, and David Madore.


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or available locally via: info '(coreutils) sha2 utilities'


GNU coreutils 8.29.13-0a854
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December 2, 2018
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