A Julia module (and command line tool) for calculating Cyclic Redundancy Checksums (CRCs)


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This is a Julia module for calculating Cyclic Redundancy Checksums (CRCs). It also contains a command line tool for calculating the CRC of files.

  • All the algorithms in the RevEng Catalogue are supported.

  • New algorithms can be easily added.

  • Calculation can be direct or via cached tables.

  • Speed is comparable to optimized C (checked against CRC32 in libz).

  • Only arrays of bytes are accepted as data (it's certainly possible to handle arbitrary sized sequences; previous versions did this, but it complicated the code for little practical gain so I removed it - please contact me if you want me to add it back).


Calculate a CRC-32 Sum

julia> using CRC

julia> crc32 = crc(CRC_32)
(anonymous function)

julia> crc32(b"123456789")

The function crc() constructs a lookup table, which is cached in the returned function (here, crc32()). Re-using crc32() to calculate a series of CRCs is therefore more efficient than starting with crc() each time.

Within Your Program

The same example as above, but inside your program, would look like this:

using CRC
crc32 = crc(CRC_32)  # create our own crc function, just once
function some_func(...)
    x = crc32(data)  # use the crc function created above, many times

Force Direct (Tableless) Calculation

julia> crc(CRC_32, tables=NoTables)(b"123456789")

Define an Algorithm

For example, CRC-7, catalogued as width=7 poly=0x09 init=0x00 refin=false refout=false xorout=0x00 check=0x75 name="CRC-7"

julia> myCRC7 = spec(7, 0x09, 0x00, false, false, 0x00, 0x75)

julia> @assert crc(myCRC7)(CHECK) == myCRC7.check

Of course, this is already defined:

julia> CRC_7

From the Command Line

The main(ARGS) function is a simple utility for calculating the checksum of files:

andrew@laptop:~/project/CRC> julia -e "using CRC; main(ARGS)" -h
usage: <PROGRAM> [-l] [-d] [-c CRC] [-a] [-h] [files...]

Calculate the CRC for the given files

positional arguments:
  files          the files to read (- for stdin)

optional arguments:
  -l, --list     list available CRC algorithms
  -d, --decimal  show checksums as decimal values (default is hex)
  -c, --crc CRC  name the CRC to use (default: CRC_32)
  -a, --append   combine the data from all files
  -h, --help     show this help message and exit

andrew@laptop:~/project/CRC> alias crc='julia -e "using CRC; main(ARGS)"'
andrew@laptop:~/project/CRC> crc -l | grep "CRC_32 "
CRC_32 width=32 poly=0x04c11db7 init=0xffffffff refin=true refout=true xorout=0xffffffff check=0xcbf43926
andrew@laptop:~/project/CRC> echo -n "123456789" > /tmp/crc.txt
andrew@laptop:~/project/CRC> crc /tmp/crc.txt
0xcbf43926 /tmp/crc.txt

Note that the result matches the check value for the algorithm.


Julia can be downloaded here. Once Julia is working you can install this package using:

julia> Pkg.add("CRC")

Then, to define the crc command line utility:

alias crc='julia -e "using CRC; main(ARGS)"'

(in, for example, .alias).

Other CRC Packages

  • CRC32.jl is a simple implementation of CRC_32 - it is easier to understand than this code, but slower, and only supports a single CRC algorithm.

  • libz includes (amongst many other things) a wrapper to a C version of CRC_32 - it is similar in speed to this package (and wil be faster for short, single uses, because the lookup table is pre-calculated), but only supports that single algorithm.


  • 1.2.0 - 2016-09-28 Drop Julia 0.3 support and switch to Libz.

  • 1.1.0 - 2015-06-09 Small fixes for Julia 0.4, Travis + Coverage.

  • 1.0.0 - 2014-06-31 Changed handler method so that a String is converted to bytes (instead of being treated as a file path). This will break existing code that uses the current handler (sorry!), but I hope I don't have many users (particularly users that are calling that method)!

  • 0.2.0 - Initial release(s).


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