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In-place verification of the MD5 sums of files within a tar archive.

VeriTAR [Veri(fy)TAR] is a command-line utility that verifies the md5 sums of files within a TAR archive. Due to the tar ('ustar') format limitations the md5 sums are retrieved from a separate file and are checked against the md5 sums of the files within the tar archive. The process takes place without actually exctracting the files.

It works with corrupted tar archives. The program carries on to the next file within the archive skipping the damaged parts. At the moment, this relies on Python's tarfile module internal functions.

Compressed TAR archives (Gzip or BZ2) are supported.

VeriTAR is written in Python.

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Get the latest code directly from the Subversion repository:

svn checkout https://www.codetrax.org/svn/veritar/trunk veritar


In order to run 'veritar' you will need:

  • Python version (TODO)


For installation instructions please reade the INSTALL file.


No configuration required.


Create the TAR archive and calculate the md5sum of each archived file:

tar -cvpf mybackup.tar myfiles/
xargs -I '{}' sh -c "test -f '{}' && md5sum '{}'"
tee mybackup.md5

Note: VeriTAR will skip the md5sums for file types other than regular files.

Check the archived files' checksums with:

veritar mybackup.tar mybackup.md5

For information about the command-line switches, please run:

veritar --help

For full information about the checks, use the --verbose switch.

Note that VeriTAR can work on a compressed TAR archive.

How it works

VeriTAR will compare the md5 sum of each of the archived files with the md5 sum that has been recorded for each file during the creation of the archive.

If the checksum file contains an md5 sum for a file, which does not exist in the archive, then this file is assumed to be corrupted.

If the archive contains a file, for which no md5 sum has been recorded, then this file is reported as "MISSING". Actually, its md5 sum is missing.

If the checked TAR member is not a regular file, then the md5 checksum check is skipped, but this is not an error. A warning is issued by the software.

An example result summary:

Processed : 1202 Verified : 1175 Skipped : 27 Failed : 0 Missing : 0

Processed = Verified + Skipped + Failed Missing = archived files for which there is no md5 sum in the checksum file.


For information about bug submission and current bug reports please read the BUGS file.


CodeTRAX does not provide support for this software. You can still get community support in the G-Loaded Software Forums:



Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

A copy of the License exists in the product distribution; the LICENSE file. For copyright notes please read the NOTICE file.