The tool comes packed with just the essential options for performing this task, so those looking for rich features should resort to something else.
As installation is not required, you can put the program files anywhere on the hard disk and launch the executable file immediately. It's also possible to save MD5Sum to a pen drive or other removable storage unit, in order to directly run it on any PC with minimum effort and no previous installers.
An important aspect worth taking into account is that the Windows registry and Start menu do not get updated with new entries, and no extra files are created on the disk, leaving it clean after removal.
Simple interface and options
The GUI is represented by a regular window with a plain and simple structure, where you can point out the two files using the file browser, since the drag-and-drop method is not supported. Alternatively, you can paste MD5 signatures from the Clipboard. Their MD5 checksums are immediately calculated and shown in the main frame, along with the comparison status. There are no other noteworthy options available here.
Evaluation and conclusion
There were no kind of issues in our tests, since MD5Sum did not hang, crash or pop up error messages. It has a good response time and minimal impact on PC performance, since it runs on low CPU and RAM. Although it does not integrate rich features, MD5Sum delivers a fast and effective solution to finding out and comparing MD5 hashes.
Reviewed by Elena Opris, last updated on July 3rd, 2014
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- A small bug in this, that I have been meaning to fix for ages. While cleaning up my HDD sourcecode, I found MD5Sum source and quickly fixed the stupid bug. It now does case insensitive comparisions of the MD5 strings!
Application descriptionThe MD5Sum application was designed to be a small utility that will calculate and compare MD5 checksums. MD5 checksums...