CINCH (Capture INgest CHecksum) is a tool that automates the transfer of online content to a repository, using ingest technologies appropriate for digital preservation.

How does CINCH work? Users:

  1. Upload a list of URLs to files they want CINCH to retrieve.
  2. Run the tool.
  3. Download the retrieved files and file metadata to their local environment.

The tool will maintain original file timestamps; rename files with unique, intelligent identifiers; run virus scans; extract file-level metadata; create file checksums; validate checksums for file integrity; and track all actions in an audit trail document. With repeated uses, the CINCH tool will track file duplicates.

As of December 1, 2018, we are no longer offering a hosted version of CINCH. You may still install it locally using the link below.


Funding for the CINCH: Capture, Ingest, & Checksum tool was made possible through an IMLS Sparks! Ignition grant.