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The simplest most common way to test a downloaded .iso file is to check the md5sum with a program ususally called "md5sum". Such programs are available in Linux and Windows.

You must also find the correct md5sum for the iso, which is usually specified on the same site that includes the downloadable iso. (Where there is more concern about guaranteeing that an iso has not been modified with some trojan horse, worm, or virus, the md5sum is sometimes made available some other way, like on a central secure site vs. a possibly insecure mirror.)

The simplest syntax is usually:

md5sum <iso_filename>

which displays the md5sum of the tested iso file for you to compare to the correct md5sum.

Variations are available in which you specify the location of the correct md5sum(s) and the program finds and compares them "automatically".

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