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Sean Killeen

Just a guy trying to get better at writing bios.

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Problem

I need to calculate the MD5 and SHA hashes for a file from Windows and I’d rather not download 3rd-party GUI software that clutters my setup.

Solution

I like the PowerShell Community Extensions for this.

  1. Download Chocolatey Nuget (it will make your life outside of this post easier, I promise).
  2. From the Powershell command prompt, type cinst pscx. This will install the PowerShellCommunity Extensions.
  3. Use the PSCX syntax to get the hashes. Some examples below:
Get-Hash C:\Path\To\File.zip -Algorithm MD5
Get-Hash C:\Path\To\File.zip -Algorithm SHA1