Instantly share code, notes, and snippets.

@sjmurdoch /tarsum forked from guyru/tarsum
Last active Aug 10, 2016

What would you like to do?
A small utility to compute checksums on every file inside a tar archive.
#! /usr/bin/env python3
# Copyright (C) 2008-2009 by Guy Rutenberg
# This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
# it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
# the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
# (at your option) any later version.
# This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
# but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
# GNU General Public License for more details.
# You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
# along with this program; if not, write to the
# Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
# 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.
import hashlib
import tarfile
def tarsum(input_file, hash, output_file):
input_file - A FILE object to read the tar file from.
hash - The name of the hash to use. Must be supported by hashlib.
output_file - A FILE to write the computed signatures to.
tar ="r|*", fileobj=input_file)
chunk_size = 100*1024
store_digests = {}
for member in tar:
if not member.isfile():
f = tar.extractfile(member)
h =
data =
while data:
data =
output_file.write("%s %s\n" % (h.hexdigest(),
def main():
parser = OptionParser()
version=("%prog 0.2.1\n"
"Copyright (C) 2008-2009 Guy Rutenberg <>")
usage=("%prog [options] TARFILE\n"
"Print a checksum signature for every file in TARFILE.\n"
"With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.")
parser = OptionParser(usage=usage, version=version)
parser.add_option("-c", "--checksum", dest="checksum", type="string",
help="use HASH as for caclculating the checksums. [default: %default]", metavar="HASH",
parser.add_option("-o", "--output", dest="output", type="string",
help="save signatures to FILE.", metavar="FILE")
(option, args) = parser.parse_args()
output_file = sys.stdout
if option.output:
output_file = open(option.output, "w")
input_file = sys.stdin.buffer
if len(args)==1 and args[0]!="-":
input_file = open(args[0], "rb")
tarsum(input_file, option.checksum, output_file)
if __name__ == "__main__":
from optparse import OptionParser
import sys
Sign up for free to join this conversation on GitHub. Already have an account? Sign in to comment