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Quickly generate an MD5 hash for a text string using OpenSSL

Terminal - Quickly generate an MD5 hash for a text string using OpenSSL
md5sum<<<'text to be encrypted'
2012-02-14 19:57:52
User: waldvogel
Functions: md5sum
Quickly generate an MD5 hash for a text string using OpenSSL

Here Strings / A variant of here documents, the format is:

(from bash manpage)


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
echo -n 'text to be encrypted' | openssl md5
2009-03-18 00:11:46
User: Zenexer
Functions: echo

Thanks to OpenSSL, you can quickly and easily generate MD5 hashes for your passwords.

Alternative (thanks to linuxrawkstar and atoponce):

echo -n 'text to be encrypted' | md5sum -

Note that the above method does not utlise OpenSSL.

echo -n 'the_password' | md5sum -

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