A clean, fast and reliable application performing hash algorithms including MD5, SHA1 and SHA-2.
Pros & Cons:
Hashing (also known as #ashing) is a freeware, standalone utility for Windows, capable of performing MD5, SHA1, and SHA-2 family. It has a Modern UI design, with clean interface. This application depends on .NET 2.0 or superior (should be present in almost every windows 7/8 or superior PC). #ashing is built upon OpenSSL (linked statically), which is native code, so it's fast, even for bigger files ( 4 GB or even more). It performs the calculation on a background thread, so it won't freeze the screen. It also does not raise CPU use too much. The time-complexity of this app, as analyzed in OpenSSL code, is a linear dependency of BigO(n), for all algorithms supported by the app.
- It has a reliable progress bar and a button for cancelling the operation;
- Free for all uses, no registration needed, no pro version;
- No installer needed;
- You can hash many files at once, just drag & drop. You can save a report as a text file or copy to clipboard;
- Provides comparison feature against clipboard;
- Modern hash algorithms support: MD5, SHA-1/224/256/384/512;
- Additional details and help can be accessed here.
One especially noteworthy feature of this application is that since hashing functions play other roles in cryptography than serving as check-sums, such as digital signature validation, or salting passwords, #ashing provides a convenient feature for "Manual input" for easily pasting hexadecimal buffers from source code instead of having to save them on a file, and then hashing them from there. Finally, although the security of MD5 and SHA-1 is currently considered suspect, nonetheless, their inclusion in this application is a benefit due to the vast number legacy instances wherein these protocols are still in use.
Editor’s Conclusions: #ashing appears to be a reliable, fast, and well designed application. In addition to its speed, it has an intuitive, clean dashboard, and provides for manual and automatic calculations. It should prove a valuable resource for software developers, delivering DLLs, .LIBs and .SOs to clients; so that if a client complains that there is a bug or that something is not working right, this application allows them to verify the digests of the suspect files to guarantee they have the latest libraries.
Hashing was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on