How are file diff ids calculated for github comparisons?

I was looking for a way to compute this directly for a script I’m writing. For file comparisons, github uses the format{user}/{repo}/compare/{base_ref}…{compare_ref}#diff-{file_diff_id}

The file diff id is 32 characters long, so I’m guessing it’s an md5 hash. Is there a way to generate this locally as opposed to authenticating with github, fetching the compare page, and scraping the source?

I have a script that generates summaries of branch differences. I’d like it to be able to create a url for each file that changed in the summary so users can view the changes on github.

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