Quickly generate an MD5 hash for a text string using OpenSSL

echo -n 'text to be encrypted' | openssl md5
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.
Sample Output
8df639b301a1e10c36cc2f03bbdf8863

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By: Zenexer
2009-03-18 00:11:46

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What Others Think

echo -n 'text to be encrypted' | md5sum 8df639b301a1e10c36cc2f03bbdf8863 - md5sum is all you need for md5 hashes
linuxrawkstar · 508 weeks and 3 days ago
@linuxrawkstar you should include the '-' at the end for POSIX compliance, even though it works without it. echo -n 'text to be encrypted' | md5sum -
atoponce · 508 weeks and 3 days ago
True, though I prefer to use OpenSSL, as I know it will/can be present on just about all systems. Even on Windows, I always install OpenSSL. I love consistency. Granted, I could just rename some random Windows utility to md5sum.exe, but that's not fun. I'll add it as an alternative, though.
Zenexer · 508 weeks and 3 days ago
On my Ubuntu system, md5sum adds a carriage return at the end of the string, the same as using echo without -n : echo 'text to be encrypted' | openssl md5 So, the original solution with openssl would appear to be the only reliable one.
cbrace · 343 weeks and 3 days ago

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