Verify integrity of downloads
Validating downloads makes sure you have what the developers released – and not installing any fake or malware-infected software
While compiling from source is the recommended and most secure way to build the Particl platform, the team realizes this is an advanced technique that a large number of users aren’t comfortable with. For most users, each release is distributed with source code and pre-compiled distributions for Windows, Mac & Linux.
To ensure the highest level of security, the Particl Project team provides
sha256sums for all of these releases.
Each checksum is a hash of the download file that verifies that nothing has been added or taken away either in-transit or by a third party. By using sha256 encryption with these sums every computer will generate the same hash unless the file has been compromised, which in response, will generate a different hash.
It is recommended to always validate the Particl build releases with the provided sha256sums.
There are a number of hash generators online, this tutorial will highlight Hash Online Convert:
- Download preferred Particl release from GitHub e.g. Windows client
- Visit Hash Online Convert
- Find Or upload and generate a SHA-256 checksum of a file: section
- Select Choose File button
- Find downloaded Particl release file
- Select Open button
- Select Convert file button
- Hash converter: File gets submitted to the website and loads a new page showing “Your hash has been successfully generated." This page shows the hash of the uploaded file in a variety of hash outputs; hex, HEX, h:e:x & base64 – value to look for: hex
Most Linux distributions come with the
sha256sum by default (beginner hint – only copy code after “$"):
- Download latest Linux release from Github (replace “0.14.2.1” with current version number, if newer):
$ cd Downloads ~/Downloads $ wget https://github.com/particl/particl-core/releases/download/v0.14.2.1/particl-0.14.2.1-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz
sha256sumon downloaded file:
~/Downloads$ sha256sum particl-0.14.2.1-x86_64-linux-gnu.tar.gz sha256sum hash result: 5545cb7f2364ab773f3228ea1f0283fd389cc2ea43a886eb27d114f96ac54762
When you found out the hash of your downloaded file, visit release page of your downloaded Particl wallet on Github:
Find the version you’ve downloaded and compare the checksum on your PC with the one published on GitHub.
Ensure both checksums are identical before installing software!
If the checksums aren’t matching, you have a bad/malicious download and you shouldn’t install the wallet!
If this happens, make absolutely sure, you’re checking the right versions and correct variant for your OS. If you’re in doubt, it’s always better to seek assistance in the community.