Get Python Requirements Package Hashes

Python’s (pip’s) requirements.txt file is the equivalent to package.json in the JavaScript / Node.js world.  This requirements.txt file isn’t as pretty as package.json but it not only defines a version but goes a step further, providing a sha hash to compare against to ensure package integrity:

Flask==0.12.1 \ --hash=sha256:6c3130c8927109a08225993e4e503de4ac4f2678678ae211b33b519c622a7242
Jinja2==2.9.6 \ --hash=sha256:2231bace0dfd8d2bf1e5d7e41239c06c9e0ded46e70cc1094a0aa64b0afeb054
MarkupSafe==1.0 \ --hash=sha256:a6be69091dac236ea9c6bc7d012beab42010fa914c459791d627dad4910eb665 ....

Coming from the JavaScript / package.json world, you only need to provide the package name and version.  To get the hash of a python package, you can use hashin.  The first step is installing hashin:

pip install hashin

Once hashin is installed, you can get the package hash easily:

pip install Flask==0.12.1

The code above adds the package name, version, and available hashes to your requirements.txt file automatically.  Unfortunately I’m not aware of a method for recursive hashin checks, so if a package dependency doesn’t use hashes, you’ll need to run hashin for each of those packages manually.

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