How to Calculate File Checksum MD5, SHA in Java

A checksum is used to ensure the integrity of a file after it has been transmitted from one storage device to another. It is a way to ensure that the transmitted file is exactly the same as the source file. It functions as a fingerprint of that file. The checksum or hash sum is calculated using a hash function. In this tutorial we will show you how to calculate file checksum using MD5 and SHA algorithms.

Calculate File Checksum

Here is a class that will generate a checksum hash in one of the registered hash algorithms like MD5 or SHA. This class allows you to simply create a checksum of a file using one of the popular hashing algorithms.

package com.memorynotfound.file;


public enum Hash {


    private String name;

    Hash(String name) { = name;

    public String getName() {
        return name;

    public byte[] checksum(File input) {
        try (InputStream in = new FileInputStream(input)) {
            MessageDigest digest = MessageDigest.getInstance(getName());
            byte[] block = new byte[4096];
            int length;
            while ((length = > 0) {
                digest.update(block, 0, length);
            return digest.digest();
        } catch (Exception e) {
        return null;


Creating a checksum of a File

Using this class to calculate file checksum is very straight forward.

package com.memorynotfound.file;

import javax.xml.bind.DatatypeConverter;

public class FileChecksumExample {

    public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {

        File file = new File("/tmp/test.pdf");

        System.out.println("MD5    : " + toHex(Hash.MD5.checksum(file)));
        System.out.println("SHA1   : " + toHex(Hash.SHA1.checksum(file)));
        System.out.println("SHA256 : " + toHex(Hash.SHA256.checksum(file)));
        System.out.println("SHA512 : " + toHex(Hash.SHA512.checksum(file)));

    private static String toHex(byte[] bytes) {
        return DatatypeConverter.printHexBinary(bytes);



The result is different file checksums for different algorithms. You can use this checksum as a fingerprint for your file.

MD5    : C58FB4E4ABBAE09557566ED313C18DDB
SHA1   : 8489CEBDF4AC646417E2AAC108AB643AA8299BEE
SHA256 : 53D2ED4AABBE64D4B93A79BA1B579FCAFB53C8890443DE8200F021671322382A
SHA512 : 395294CE9D805B18FA2DFE86DF7F25932DE773451D4EFAA387131429F50EF60F1465FFC1EDCAD77C10C99D88EBBB668A312534ACC34CFF459155B224DD50DFD3



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