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<title>The dbhash.exe Utility Program</title>
<tcl>hd_keywords dbhash dbhash.exe</tcl>
<p>The <b>dbhash</b> (or <b>dbhash.exe</b> on Windows) utility is a
command-line program that computes the SHA1 hash of the schema and content
for an SQLite database.
<p>Dbhash ignores extraneous formatting details and hashes only the database
schema and content. Hence the hash is constant even if the database file
is modified by:
<li> [PRAGMA page_size]
<li> [PRAGMA journal_mode]
<li> copied via the [backup API]
<li> ... and so forth
<p>The operations above can potentially cause vast changes the raw database file,
and hence cause very different SHA1 hashes at the file level.
But since the content represented in the database file is unchanged by these
operations, the hash computed by dbhash is also unchanged.
<p>Dbhash can be used to compare two databases to confirm that they
are equivalent, even though their representation on disk is quite different.
Dbhash might also be used to verify the content of a remote database without having
to transmit the entire content of the remote database over a slow link.
<p>Dbhash is a command-line utility.
To run it, type "dbhash" on a command-line prompt followed by the names of
one or more SQLite database files that are to be hashed.
The database hashes will be displayed on standard output.
drh@bella:~/sqlite/bld$ dbhash ~/Fossils/sqlite.fossil
<p>Dbhash supports command-line options that can restrict the tables of the
database file that are hashed, or restrict the hash to only content or only
the schema. Run "dbhash --help" for further information.
<p>To build a copy of the dbhash utility program on unix, get a copy of the
canonical SQLite source code and enter:
<p>On Windows, enter:
nmake /f makefile.msc dbhash.exe
<p>The dbhash program is implemented by a single file of C-code
To build the dbhash program manually, simply compile the dbhash.c source file
and link it against the SQLite library.