Simple MD5 calculator in PowerShell

in powershell •  7 months ago

Compute the hash value

Get-FileHash cmdlet allows easily to compute the hash value for a file since PowerShell version 4.0. The acceptable values for algorithm are: SHA1, SHA256, SHA384, SHA512, MD5. More about Get-FileHash you can read in official documentation.
Simplest way to calculate md5 hash value for a file is to use command:

Get-FileHash path_to_file -Algorithm MD5 | Format-List

I decided to build simple MD5 calculator using Powershell.

MD5 calcuator

Powershell GUI

Menu

First I created a menu

function Show-Menu
{
     param (
           [string]$Title = 'MD5 Calculator'
     )
     cls
     Write-Host "===================== $Title ====================="

     Write-Host "1: Press '1' for single file, output in console"
     Write-Host "2: Press '2' for single file, output in text file"
     Write-Host "3: Press '3' for all files in folder, output in console"
     Write-Host "4: Press '4' for all files in folder, output in text file"
     Write-Host "Q: Press 'Q' to quit."
}

Variables

I used few variables which need to be provided by user:

  • $FilePath - for the file source
  • $FolderPath - for folder source
  • $Output - text file output location

Options

I added four options like:

  1. MD5 for single file, output in console Get-FileHash $FilePath -Algorithm MD5 | Format-List
  2. MD5 for single file, output in text file Get-FileHash $FilePath -Algorithm MD5 | Format-List > $Output\MD5.txt
  3. MD5 for all files in folder, output in console Get-ChildItem $FolderPath | Get-FileHash -Algorithm MD5 | Format-List
  4. MD5 for all files in folder, output in text file Get-ChildItem $FolderPath | Get-FileHash -Algorithm MD5 | Format-List > $Output\MD5.txt

Progress info

I also wanted to display some information about work in progress so I added three text variables

  • $Activity = "Calculating MD5 Hash Value"
  • $Id = 1
  • $Task = "Please wait"

and part of code to display progress info during the hash value is calculated

Write-Progress -Id $Id -Activity $Activity -Status $Task

Whole script

And the full code looks like below

function Show-Menu
{
     param (
           [string]$Title = 'MD5 Calculator'
     )
     cls
     Write-Host "===================== $Title ====================="

     Write-Host "1: Press '1' for single file, output in console"
     Write-Host "2: Press '2' for single file, output in text file"
     Write-Host "3: Press '3' for all files in folder, output in console"
     Write-Host "4: Press '4' for all files in folder, output in text file"
     Write-Host "Q: Press 'Q' to quit."
}
do
{
     Show-Menu
     $input = Read-Host "Please make a selection"
     switch ($input)
     {
           '1' {
                cls
                'MD5 for single file, output in console'
                'Paste UNC path to file you want to calculate'
                $FilePath = Read-Host -Prompt 'Source file path'
                $Activity = "Calculating MD5 Hash Value"
                $Id       = 1
                $Task     = "Please wait"
                Write-Progress -Id $Id -Activity $Activity -Status $Task
                Get-FileHash $FilePath -Algorithm MD5 | Format-List
           } '2' {
                cls
                'MD5 for single file, output in text file'
                'Paste UNC path to file you want to calculate'
                $FilePath = Read-Host -Prompt 'Source file path'
                'Paste path for output report eg: C:\reports'
                $Output = Read-Host -Prompt 'Report location path'
                $Activity = "Calculating MD5 Hash Value"
                $Id       = 1
                $Task     = "Please wait"
                Write-Progress -Id $Id -Activity $Activity -Status $Task
                Get-FileHash $FilePath -Algorithm MD5 | Format-List > $Output\MD5.txt
                'Complete! Report saved to MD5.txt file'
           } '3' {
                cls
                'MD5 for all files in folder, output in console'
                'Paste UNC path to folder with files you want to calculate'
                $FolderPath = Read-Host -Prompt 'Source folder path'
                $Activity = "Calculating MD5 Hash Value"
                $Id       = 1
                $Task     = "Please wait"
                Write-Progress -Id $Id -Activity $Activity -Status $Task
                Get-ChildItem $FolderPath | Get-FileHash -Algorithm MD5 | Format-List

           } '4' {
                cls
                'MD5 for all files in folder, output in text file'
                'Paste UNC path to folder with files you want to calculate'
                $FilePath = Read-Host -Prompt 'Source folder path'
                'Paste path for output report eg: C:\reports'
                $Output = Read-Host -Prompt 'Report location path'
                $Activity = "Calculating MD5 Hash Value"
                $Id       = 1
                $Task     = "Please wait"
                Write-Progress -Id $Id -Activity $Activity -Status $Task
                Get-ChildItem $FolderPath | Get-FileHash -Algorithm MD5 |Format-List > $Output\MD5.txt
                'Complete! Report saved to MD5.txt file'
           } 'q' {
                return
           }
     }
     pause
}
until ($input -eq 'q')

Usage

All you need is to copy everything and save as MD5Calculator.ps1 then run with Powershell and follow instructions on the screen. By changing the -Algorithm parameter you can simply create a calculator for other algorithms.

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