Watermark your Text and Code Files On Linux With Snowdrop

Snowdrop is a free, open source command line tool for Linux operating systems which provides stenographic watermarking of the text documents and source code files. It acts as a leak tracking tool and lets you find out who disclosed your documents or code to the public. It provides a very reliable and hard to remove watermarking on the documents. If someone plagiarizes your documents, you can use this tool to prove the ownership of your crucial documents.

Installing and Running snowdrop on Ubuntu

The beauty of this tool is the simplicity to install and use. Launch your ubuntu system terminal and run following command to install it.

sudo apt-get install snowdrop

Once the installation is complete, you can run following command to see man pages/help for this utility.

man snowdrop


In order to watermark some particular text file (say file name is “linuxpitstop.txt”), we will need to run the following command on our linux system terminal.

sd-c -i linuxpitstop.txt newlinuxpitstop.txt "Watermaked"

General syntax for the above mentioned command is listed below:

sd-c -i inputfile outputfile "comment"

Now in order to extract the watermarks of your files or compare two files, here is the command syntax.

sd-c -e file1 file2


Although this tool is pretty secure and uses redundant steganography to fulfill its design goals, but it is still in the beta phase, so just like any other software in the  beta stages, it might have unknown issues/bugs. Try it out today; do let us know if you run into any issues.

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