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In Linux I can create a SHA1 password hash using sha1pass mypassword. Is there a similar command line tool which lets me create sha512 hashes? Same question for Bcrypt and PBKDF2.

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Don't you mean sha1sum? – user16144 Oct 17 '12 at 18:43
@Tichodroma no, there is actually a sha1pass command, part of the syslinux-common package on Debian. – derobert Oct 17 '12 at 18:44
Ah, thanks. You never stop learning :) – user16144 Oct 17 '12 at 18:48
There's a sha512sum command that's part of coreutils, and similarly openssl sha512 -- but neither does the extra stuff that sha1pass does. – Keith Thompson Oct 17 '12 at 20:37
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Yes, you're looking for mkpasswd, which (at least on Debian) is part of the whois package. Don't ask why...

anthony@Zia:~$ mkpasswd -m help
Available methods:
des     standard 56 bit DES-based crypt(3)
md5     MD5
sha-256 SHA-256
sha-512 SHA-512

Unfortunately, my version at least doesn't do bcrypt. If your C library does, it should (and the manpage gives a -R option to set the strength). -R also works on sha-512, but I'm not sure if its PBKDF-2 or not.

If you need to generate bcrypt passwords, you can do it fairly simply with the Crypt::Eksblowfish::Bcrypt Perl module.

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On any of the Red Hat distros such as Fedora, CentOS, or RHEL the command mkpasswd doesn't include the same set of switches as the version typically included with Debian/Ubuntu.

NOTE: The command mkpasswd is actually part of the expect package, and should probably be avoided. You can find out what package it belongs to with either of these commands.

$ yum whatprovides "*/mkpasswd"
$ repoquery -q --file */mkpasswd


$ repoquery -q --file */mkpasswd

Both of these methods are superior to using rpm since the packages do not have to be installed to locate */mkpasswd.


To work around this you can use the following Python or Perl one-liners to generate SHA-512 passwords. Take note that these are salted:

Python (>= 2.7)

$ python -c 'import crypt,getpass; print(crypt.crypt(getpass.getpass(), crypt.mksalt(crypt.METHOD_SHA512)))'


$ python -c "import crypt, getpass, pwd; \
             print crypt.crypt('password', '\$6\$saltsalt\$')"


$ perl -e 'print crypt("password","\$6\$saltsalt\$") . "\n"'

In these examples the password is the string "password" and the salt is "saltsalt". Both examples are using $6$ which denotes that you want crypt to use SHA-512.

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For the python one-liner, you can use crypt.mksalt(crypt.METHOD_SHA512) to generate the salt instead of using a fixed one. – Jake Cobb Aug 26 '14 at 0:15
@JakeCobb crypt.mksalt is only available in Python 3.x – Riccardo Murri Sep 24 '14 at 7:41
Before typing a clear-text password at the command line make sure you have "ignorespace" set in HISTCONTROL (i.e., do this first on CentOS/RHEL: echo 'export HISTCONTROL="ignoredups:ignorespace"' > /etc/profile.d/histcontrol.sh && source /etc/profile.d/histcontrol.sh). Otherwise, it'll get saved in your ~/.bash_history. – Patrick Dec 3 '14 at 19:38
the perl (and presumably the python) use the system function "crypt". So they aren't portable, they require a crypt function that understands the requested hash type. The OSX crypt doesn't - it just gives me back an old-style DES-encrypted string. – Dan Pritts Apr 13 at 21:13
@RiccardoMurri I have Python 2.7.5 and have access to crypt.mksalt on CentOS 7.1 – user12345 Jul 16 at 22:09

Run this command:

$ /sbin/grub-crypt --sha-512

then enter the word you want hashed.

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You can use the doveadm utility, which is included in the dovecot package.

doveadm pw -s SHA512-CRYPT

Result example:


Just cut {SHA512-CRYPT} and you'll get your SHA512 hashed string.

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To expand on @slm's workarounds above, if you're worried about someone getting a hold of your bash history and seeing the plain text password, you can insert raw_input() in the python statement where the salt and password fields go so it prompts you for them. The text isn't masked while you're typing, but it won't show up in your bash history. You could also start the command with a leading space, but I always forget to do that.

python -c "import crypt, getpass, pwd; print crypt.crypt(raw_input(), '\$6\$' + raw_input() + '\$')"
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You can also configure bash to not record commands prefixed with a space adding HISTCONTROL=ignorespace to your .bashrc file. When you run a command you want to exclude from your history simply type a space then the actual command. – theillien Apr 10 at 3:05

You can use sha512sum:

echo "password" | sha512sum
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This answer is incorrect. The command will not generate a valid SHA-512 password hash. It will simply calculate the checksum of the string password\n (note that there is also a newline in the end). Unix password hashes are salted and include a hash version code between two "$" symbols. See the answer by @slm. – zorlem Nov 27 '13 at 0:05

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