I am having trouble verifying the checksum of the newest Etherum wallet download. On the download site it is not specified which hash algorithm was used to generate the checksum so on my Mac I tried.

openssl sha Ethereum-Wallet-macosx-0-8-3.dmg
openssl sha1 Ethereum-Wallet-macosx-0-8-3.dmg


openssl md5 Ethereum-Wallet-macosx-0-8-3.dmg

but none of them generated the checksum of


what am I doing wrong?

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    Try SHA256. I thought that's what I did to check the latest release... can't remember. But I didn't do the PGP thing stated below.
    – HodlDwon
    Commented Sep 25, 2016 at 22:36
  • Ah yes that's it. Don't know why I did not think about that. Thx!
    – Mark
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 9:30
  • Ah good, added it as an answer so this question can be marked as answered ;-)
    – HodlDwon
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 18:27

2 Answers 2


The wallet download checksum is a SHA256 hash.


The latest version of Ethereum Wallet is a PGP(Pretty Good Privacy) verified release. This is not a checksum (hash).

This is mentioned under "PGP-Verified releases" on the Ethereum github page.

There should be free resources for Mac OS for PGP validation. You can check this tutorial.

  • Thanks a lot for the pointer, but I still don't get how I actually can verify my download. The PGP integration does not seem complete according to this github.com/ethereum/mist/issues/546.
    – Mark
    Commented Sep 24, 2016 at 15:43

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