fedora-checksums is a command line utility script to validate or repair datastream checksums for content stored in a Fedora Commons repository.

The script has two basic modes: validate and repair.

In validate mode, the script will iterate through all objects and validate the checksum for each datastream (or optionally each version of any versioned datastream), reporting on invalid or missing checksums.

In repair mode, the script will iterate through all objects looking for datastreams with a checksum type of DISABLED and a checksum value of none; any such datastreams will be updated in Fedora with a new checksum type (either as specified via script argument --checksum-type or using the Fedora configured default), prompting Fedora to calculate and save a new checksum.

Running this script in either mode requires passing Fedora connection information and credentials, for example:

$ fedora-checksums validate --fedora-root=http://localhost:8080/fedora/
      --fedora-user=fedoraAdmin --fedora-password=fedoraAdmin

If you prefer not to specify your fedora password on the command line, specify the --fedora-password option with an empty value and you will be prompted:

$ fedora-checksums validate --fedora-root=http://localhost:8080/fedora/
      --fedora-user=fedoraAdmin --fedora-password=


The fedora user you specify must have permission to find objects, access datastream profiles and history, have permission to run the compareDatastreamChecksum API method (when validating), and permission to modify datastreams (when repairing).

If you have specific objects you wish to check or repair, you can run the script with a list of pids. When validating, there is also an option to output details to a CSV file for further investigation. For more details, see the script usage for the appropriate mode:

$ fedora-checksums validate --help
$ fedora-checksums repair --help


If the python package progressbar is available, progress will be displayed as objects are processed; however, progressbar is not required to run this script.


validate-checksums is a command line utility script intended for regularly, periodically checking that datastream checksums are valid for content stored in a Fedora Commons repository.

When a fixity check is completed, the objects will be updated with a RELS-EXT property indicating the date of the last fixity check, so that objects can be checked again after a specified period.

The default logic is to find and process all objects without any fixity check date in the RELS-EXT (prioritizing objects with the oldest modification dates first, since these are likely to be most at risk), and then to find any objects whose last fixity check was before a specified window (e.g., 30 days).

Because the script needs to run as a privileged fedora user (in order to access and make minor updates to all content), if you are configuring it to run as a cron job or similar, it is recommended to use the options to generate a config file and then load options from that config file when running under cron.

For example, to generate a config file:

validate-checksums --generate-config /path/to/config.txt --fedora-password=#####

Any arguments passed via the command line will be set in the generated config file; you must pass the password so it can be encrypted in the config file and decrypted for use.

To update a config file from an earlier version of the script:

validate-checksums --config /old/config.txt --generate-config /new/config.txt

This will preserve all settings in the old config file and generate a new config file with all new settings that are available in the script.

To configure the script to send an email report when invalid or missing checksums are found or when there are any errors saving objects, you can specify email addresses, a from email address, and an smtp server via the command line or a config file.