Create GUID / UUID in JavaScript?

Jason Cohen Source

I'm trying to create globally-unique identifiers in JavaScript. I'm not sure what routines are available on all browsers, how "random" and seeded the built-in random number generator is, etc..

The GUID / UUID should be at least 32 characters and should stay in the ASCII range to avoid trouble when passing them around.

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Answers

answered 10 years ago John Millikin #1

There have been a couple attempts at this. The question is: do you want actual GUIDs, or just random numbers that look like GUIDs? It's easy enough to generate random numbers.

function guid() {
  function s4() {
    return Math.floor((1 + Math.random()) * 0x10000)
      .toString(16)
      .substring(1);
  }
  return s4() + s4() + '-' + s4() + '-' + s4() + '-' + s4() + '-' + s4() + s4() + s4();
}

However, note that such values are not genuine GUIDs.

Note: the provided code snippet does not follow RFC4122 which requires that the version (4) has to be integrated into the generated output string. Do not use this answer if you need compliant GUIDs.

Use:

var uuid = guid();

Demo:

function guid() {
  return "ss-s-s-s-sss".replace(/s/g, s4);
}

function s4() {
  return Math.floor((1 + Math.random()) * 0x10000)
    .toString(16)
    .substring(1);
}

document.getElementById('jsGenId').addEventListener('click', function() {
  document.getElementById('jsIdResult').value = guid();
})
input { font-family: monospace; }
<button id="jsGenId" type="button">Generate GUID</button>
<br>
<input id="jsIdResult" type="text" placeholder="Results will be placed here..." readonly size="40"/>

answered 10 years ago Prestaul #2

From sagi shkedy's technical blog:

function generateGuid() {
  var result, i, j;
  result = '';
  for(j=0; j<32; j++) {
    if( j == 8 || j == 12|| j == 16|| j == 20) 
      result = result + '-';
    i = Math.floor(Math.random()*16).toString(16).toUpperCase();
    result = result + i;
  }
  return result;
}

There are other methods that involve using an ActiveX control, but stay away from these!

EDIT: I thought it was worth pointing out that no GUID generator can guarantee unique keys (check the wikipedia article). There is always a chance of collisions. A GUID simply offers a large enough universe of keys to reduce the change of collisions to almost nil.

answered 10 years ago Sean #3

A web service would be useful.

Quick Google found: http://www.hoskinson.net/GuidGenerator/

Can't vouch for this implementation, but SOMEONE must publish a bonafide GUID generator.

With such a web service, you could develop a REST web interface that consumes the GUID web service, and serves it through AJAX to javascript in a browser.

answered 10 years ago Dan #4

From good ol' wikipedia there's a link to a javascript implementation of UUID.

It looks fairly elegant, and could perhaps be improved by salting with a hash of the client's IP address. This hash could perhaps be inserted into the html document server-side for use by the client-side javascript.

UPDATE : The original site has had a shuffle, here is the updated version

answered 9 years ago Kevin Hakanson #5

Here's some code based on RFC 4122, section 4.4 (Algorithms for Creating a UUID from Truly Random or Pseudo-Random Number).

function createUUID() {
    // http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc4122.txt
    var s = [];
    var hexDigits = "0123456789abcdef";
    for (var i = 0; i < 36; i++) {
        s[i] = hexDigits.substr(Math.floor(Math.random() * 0x10), 1);
    }
    s[14] = "4";  // bits 12-15 of the time_hi_and_version field to 0010
    s[19] = hexDigits.substr((s[19] & 0x3) | 0x8, 1);  // bits 6-7 of the clock_seq_hi_and_reserved to 01
    s[8] = s[13] = s[18] = s[23] = "-";

    var uuid = s.join("");
    return uuid;
}

answered 9 years ago Mathieu Pagé #6

This create version 4 UUID (created from pseudo random numbers) :

function uuid()
{
   var chars = '0123456789abcdef'.split('');

   var uuid = [], rnd = Math.random, r;
   uuid[8] = uuid[13] = uuid[18] = uuid[23] = '-';
   uuid[14] = '4'; // version 4

   for (var i = 0; i < 36; i++)
   {
      if (!uuid[i])
      {
         r = 0 | rnd()*16;

         uuid[i] = chars[(i == 19) ? (r & 0x3) | 0x8 : r & 0xf];
      }
   }

   return uuid.join('');
}

Here is a sample of the UUIDs generated :

682db637-0f31-4847-9cdf-25ba9613a75c
97d19478-3ab2-4aa1-b8cc-a1c3540f54aa
2eed04c9-2692-456d-a0fd-51012f947136

answered 9 years ago broofa #7

For an RFC4122 version 4 compliant solution, this one-liner(ish) solution is the most compact I could come up with.:

function uuidv4() {
  return 'xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx'.replace(/[xy]/g, function(c) {
    var r = Math.random() * 16 | 0, v = c == 'x' ? r : (r & 0x3 | 0x8);
    return v.toString(16);
  });
}

console.log(uuidv4())

Update, 2015-06-02: Be aware that UUID uniqueness relies heavily on the underlying random number generator (RNG). The solution above uses Math.random() for brevity, however Math.random() is not guaranteed to be a high-quality RNG. See Adam Hyland's excellent writeup on Math.random() for details. For a more robust solution, consider something like the uuid module[Disclaimer: I'm the author], which uses higher quality RNG APIs where available.

Update, 2015-08-26: As a side-note, this gist describes how to determine how many IDs can be generated before reaching a certain probability of collision. For example, with 3.26x1015 version 4 RFC4122 UUIDs you have a 1-in-a-million chance of collision.

Update, 2017-06-28: A good article from Chrome developers discussing the state of Math.random PRNG quality in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. tl;dr - As of late-2015 it's "pretty good", but not cryptographic quality. To address that issue, here's an updated version of the above solution that uses ES6, the crypto API, and a bit of JS wizardy I can't take credit for:

function uuidv4() {
  return ([1e7]+-1e3+-4e3+-8e3+-1e11).replace(/[018]/g, c =>
    (c ^ crypto.getRandomValues(new Uint8Array(1))[0] & 15 >> c / 4).toString(16)
  )
}

console.log(uuidv4());

answered 9 years ago alekop #8

It's just a simple AJAX call...

If anyone is still interested, here's my solution.

On the server side:

[WebMethod()]
public static string GenerateGuid()
{
    return Guid.NewGuid().ToString();
}

On the client side:

var myNewGuid = null;
PageMethods.GenerateGuid(
    function(result, userContext, methodName)
    {
        myNewGuid = result;
    },
    function()
    {
        alert("WebService call failed.");
    }
);

answered 8 years ago jablko #9

  // RFC 4122
  //
  // A UUID is 128 bits long
  //
  // String representation is five fields of 4, 2, 2, 2, and 6 bytes.
  // Fields represented as lowercase, zero-filled, hexadecimal strings, and
  // are separated by dash characters
  //
  // A version 4 UUID is generated by setting all but six bits to randomly
  // chosen values
  var uuid = [
    Math.random().toString(16).slice(2, 10),
    Math.random().toString(16).slice(2, 6),

    // Set the four most significant bits (bits 12 through 15) of the
    // time_hi_and_version field to the 4-bit version number from Section
    // 4.1.3
    (Math.random() * .0625 /* 0x.1 */ + .25 /* 0x.4 */).toString(16).slice(2, 6),

    // Set the two most significant bits (bits 6 and 7) of the
    // clock_seq_hi_and_reserved to zero and one, respectively
    (Math.random() * .25 /* 0x.4 */ + .5 /* 0x.8 */).toString(16).slice(2, 6),

    Math.random().toString(16).slice(2, 14)].join('-');

answered 8 years ago user363690 #10

I know this topic is old but if you really wanted to create a GUID you could obvioulsy do it without straight javascript. You could cause a page expiration every load and create a GUID on the server side then populate that into a javascript variable at page run time. Just an idea.

answered 7 years ago Jed Schmidt #11

Here's a solution dated Oct. 9, 2011 from a comment by user jed at https://gist.github.com/982883:

UUIDv4 = function b(a){return a?(a^Math.random()*16>>a/4).toString(16):([1e7]+-1e3+-4e3+-8e3+-1e11).replace(/[018]/g,b)}

This accomplishes the same goal as the current highest-rated answer, but in 50+ fewer bytes by exploiting coercion, recursion, and exponential notation. For those curious how it works, here's the annotated form of an older version of the function:

UUIDv4 =

function b(
  a // placeholder
){
  return a // if the placeholder was passed, return
    ? ( // a random number from 0 to 15
      a ^ // unless b is 8,
      Math.random() // in which case
      * 16 // a random number from
      >> a/4 // 8 to 11
      ).toString(16) // in hexadecimal
    : ( // or otherwise a concatenated string:
      [1e7] + // 10000000 +
      -1e3 + // -1000 +
      -4e3 + // -4000 +
      -8e3 + // -80000000 +
      -1e11 // -100000000000,
      ).replace( // replacing
        /[018]/g, // zeroes, ones, and eights with
        b // random hex digits
      )
}

answered 7 years ago sleeplessnerd #12

var uuid = function() {
    var buf = new Uint32Array(4);
    window.crypto.getRandomValues(buf);
    var idx = -1;
    return 'xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx'.replace(/[xy]/g, function(c) {
        idx++;
        var r = (buf[idx>>3] >> ((idx%8)*4))&15;
        var v = c == 'x' ? r : (r&0x3|0x8);
        return v.toString(16);
    });
};

EDIT:

Revisited my project that was using this function and disliked the verbosity. - But needed proper randomness.

A version based on Briguy37's answer and some bitwise operators to extract nibble sized windows from the buffer.

Should adhere to the RFC Type 4 (random) schema, since I had Problems last time parsing non-compliant uuids with Java's UUID.

answered 7 years ago Levitikon #13

There is a jQuery plugin that handles Guid's nicely @ http://plugins.jquery.com/project/GUID_Helper

jQuery.Guid.Value()

Returns value of internal Guid. If no guid has been specified, returns a new one (value is then stored internally).


jQuery.Guid.New()

Returns a new Guid and sets it's value internally.


jQuery.Guid.Empty()

Returns an empty Guid 00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000.


jQuery.Guid.IsEmpty()

Returns boolean. True if empty/undefined/blank/null.


jQuery.Guid.IsValid()

Returns boolean. True valid guid, false if not.


jQuery.Guid.Set()

Retrns Guid. Sets Guid to user specified Guid, if invalid, returns an empty guid.

answered 7 years ago ripper234 #14

Here is a combination of the top voted answer, with a workaround for Chrome's collisions:

generateGUID = (typeof(window.crypto) != 'undefined' && 
                typeof(window.crypto.getRandomValues) != 'undefined') ?
    function() {
        // If we have a cryptographically secure PRNG, use that
        // https://stackoverflow.com/questions/6906916/collisions-when-generating-uuids-in-javascript
        var buf = new Uint16Array(8);
        window.crypto.getRandomValues(buf);
        var S4 = function(num) {
            var ret = num.toString(16);
            while(ret.length < 4){
                ret = "0"+ret;
            }
            return ret;
        };
        return (S4(buf[0])+S4(buf[1])+"-"+S4(buf[2])+"-"+S4(buf[3])+"-"+S4(buf[4])+"-"+S4(buf[5])+S4(buf[6])+S4(buf[7]));
    }

    :

    function() {
        // Otherwise, just use Math.random
        // https://stackoverflow.com/questions/105034/how-to-create-a-guid-uuid-in-javascript/2117523#2117523
        return 'xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx'.replace(/[xy]/g, function(c) {
            var r = Math.random()*16|0, v = c == 'x' ? r : (r&0x3|0x8);
            return v.toString(16);
        });
    };

On jsbin if you want to test it.

answered 7 years ago Briguy37 #15

I really like how clean Broofa's answer is, but it's unfortunate that poor implementations of Math.random leave the chance for collision.

Here's a similar RFC4122 version 4 compliant solution that solves that issue by offsetting the first 13 hex numbers by a hex portion of the timestamp. That way, even if Math.random is on the same seed, both clients would have to generate the UUID at the exact same millisecond (or 10,000+ years later) to get the same UUID:

function generateUUID() { // Public Domain/MIT
    var d = new Date().getTime();
    if (typeof performance !== 'undefined' && typeof performance.now === 'function'){
        d += performance.now(); //use high-precision timer if available
    }
    return 'xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx'.replace(/[xy]/g, function (c) {
        var r = (d + Math.random() * 16) % 16 | 0;
        d = Math.floor(d / 16);
        return (c === 'x' ? r : (r & 0x3 | 0x8)).toString(16);
    });
}


Here's a fiddle to test.

answered 7 years ago Tracker1 #16

Adjusted my own UUID/GUID generator with some extras here.

I'm using the following Kybos random number generator to be a bit more cryptographically sound.

Below is my script with the Mash and Kybos methods from baagoe.com excluded.

//UUID/Guid Generator
// use: UUID.create() or UUID.createSequential()
// convenience:  UUID.empty, UUID.tryParse(string)
(function(w){
  // From http://baagoe.com/en/RandomMusings/javascript/
  // Johannes Baagøe <[email protected]>, 2010
  //function Mash() {...};

  // From http://baagoe.com/en/RandomMusings/javascript/
  //function Kybos() {...};

  var rnd = Kybos();

  //UUID/GUID Implementation from http://frugalcoder.us/post/2012/01/13/javascript-guid-uuid-generator.aspx
  var UUID = {
    "empty": "00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"
    ,"parse": function(input) {
      var ret = input.toString().trim().toLowerCase().replace(/^[\s\r\n]+|[\{\}]|[\s\r\n]+$/g, "");
      if ((/[a-f0-9]{8}\-[a-f0-9]{4}\-[a-f0-9]{4}\-[a-f0-9]{4}\-[a-f0-9]{12}/).test(ret))
        return ret;
      else
        throw new Error("Unable to parse UUID");
    }
    ,"createSequential": function() {
      var ret = new Date().valueOf().toString(16).replace("-","")
      for (;ret.length < 12; ret = "0" + ret);
      ret = ret.substr(ret.length-12,12); //only least significant part
      for (;ret.length < 32;ret += Math.floor(rnd() * 0xffffffff).toString(16));
      return [ret.substr(0,8), ret.substr(8,4), "4" + ret.substr(12,3), "89AB"[Math.floor(Math.random()*4)] + ret.substr(16,3),  ret.substr(20,12)].join("-");
    }
    ,"create": function() {
      var ret = "";
      for (;ret.length < 32;ret += Math.floor(rnd() * 0xffffffff).toString(16));
      return [ret.substr(0,8), ret.substr(8,4), "4" + ret.substr(12,3), "89AB"[Math.floor(Math.random()*4)] + ret.substr(16,3),  ret.substr(20,12)].join("-");
    }
    ,"random": function() {
      return rnd();
    }
    ,"tryParse": function(input) {
      try {
        return UUID.parse(input);
      } catch(ex) {
        return UUID.empty;
      }
    }
  };
  UUID["new"] = UUID.create;

  w.UUID = w.Guid = UUID;
}(window || this));

answered 6 years ago Andrea Turri #17

The better way:

function(
  a,b                // placeholders
){
  for(               // loop :)
      b=a='';        // b - result , a - numeric variable
      a++<36;        // 
      b+=a*51&52  // if "a" is not 9 or 14 or 19 or 24
                  ?  //  return a random number or 4
         (
           a^15      // if "a" is not 15
              ?      // genetate a random number from 0 to 15
           8^Math.random()*
           (a^20?16:4)  // unless "a" is 20, in which case a random number from 8 to 11
              :
           4            //  otherwise 4
           ).toString(16)
                  :
         '-'            //  in other cases (if "a" is 9,14,19,24) insert "-"
      );
  return b
 }

Minimized:

function(a,b){for(b=a='';a++<36;b+=a*51&52?(a^15?8^Math.random()*(a^20?16:4):4).toString(16):'-');return b}

answered 6 years ago Wojciech Bednarski #18

JavaScript project on GitHub - https://github.com/LiosK/UUID.js

UUID.js The RFC-compliant UUID generator for JavaScript.

See RFC 4122 http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc4122.txt.

Features Generates RFC 4122 compliant UUIDs.

Version 4 UUIDs (UUIDs from random numbers) and version 1 UUIDs (time-based UUIDs) are available.

UUID object allows a variety of access to the UUID including access to the UUID fields.

Low timestamp resolution of JavaScript is compensated by random numbers.

answered 6 years ago joelpt #19

Here is a totally non-compliant but very performant implementation to generate an ASCII-safe GUID-like unique identifier.

function generateQuickGuid() {
    return Math.random().toString(36).substring(2, 15) +
        Math.random().toString(36).substring(2, 15);
}

Generates 26 [a-z0-9] characters, yielding a UID that is both shorter and more unique than RFC compliant GUIDs. Dashes can be trivially added if human-readability matters.

Here are usage examples and timings for this function and several of this question's other answers. The timing was performed under Chrome m25, 10 million iterations each.

>>> generateQuickGuid()
"nvcjf1hs7tf8yyk4lmlijqkuo9"
"yq6gipxqta4kui8z05tgh9qeel"
"36dh5sec7zdj90sk2rx7pjswi2"
runtime: 32.5s

>>> GUID() // John Millikin
"7a342ca2-e79f-528e-6302-8f901b0b6888"
runtime: 57.8s

>>> regexGuid() // broofa
"396e0c46-09e4-4b19-97db-bd423774a4b3"
runtime: 91.2s

>>> createUUID() // Kevin Hakanson
"403aa1ab-9f70-44ec-bc08-5d5ac56bd8a5"
runtime: 65.9s

>>> UUIDv4() // Jed Schmidt
"f4d7d31f-fa83-431a-b30c-3e6cc37cc6ee"
runtime: 282.4s

>>> Math.uuid() // broofa
"5BD52F55-E68F-40FC-93C2-90EE069CE545"
runtime: 225.8s

>>> Math.uuidFast() // broofa
"6CB97A68-23A2-473E-B75B-11263781BBE6"
runtime: 92.0s

>>> Math.uuidCompact() // broofa
"3d7b7a06-0a67-4b67-825c-e5c43ff8c1e8"
runtime: 229.0s

>>> bitwiseGUID() // jablko
"baeaa2f-7587-4ff1-af23-eeab3e92"
runtime: 79.6s

>>>> betterWayGUID() // Andrea Turri
"383585b0-9753-498d-99c3-416582e9662c"
runtime: 60.0s

>>>> UUID() // John Fowler
"855f997b-4369-4cdb-b7c9-7142ceaf39e8"
runtime: 62.2s

Here is the timing code.

var r;
console.time('t'); 
for (var i = 0; i < 10000000; i++) { 
    r = FuncToTest(); 
};
console.timeEnd('t');

answered 6 years ago John Fowler #20

For those wanting an rfc4122 version 4 compliant solution with speed considerations (few calls to Math.random()):

function UUID() {
    var nbr, randStr = "";
    do {
        randStr += (nbr = Math.random()).toString(16).substr(2);
    } while (randStr.length < 30);
    return [
        randStr.substr(0, 8), "-",
        randStr.substr(8, 4), "-4",
        randStr.substr(12, 3), "-",
        ((nbr*4|0)+8).toString(16), // [89ab]
        randStr.substr(15, 3), "-",
        randStr.substr(18, 12)
        ].join("");
}

The above function should have a decent balance between speed and randomness.

answered 6 years ago kayz1 #21

Simple JavaScript module as a combination of best answers in this thread.

var crypto = window.crypto || window.msCrypto || null; // IE11 fix

var Guid = Guid || (function() {

  var EMPTY = '00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000';

  var _padLeft = function(paddingString, width, replacementChar) {
    return paddingString.length >= width ? paddingString : _padLeft(replacementChar + paddingString, width, replacementChar || ' ');
  };

  var _s4 = function(number) {
    var hexadecimalResult = number.toString(16);
    return _padLeft(hexadecimalResult, 4, '0');
  };

  var _cryptoGuid = function() {
    var buffer = new window.Uint16Array(8);
    window.crypto.getRandomValues(buffer);
    return [_s4(buffer[0]) + _s4(buffer[1]), _s4(buffer[2]), _s4(buffer[3]), _s4(buffer[4]), _s4(buffer[5]) + _s4(buffer[6]) + _s4(buffer[7])].join('-');
  };

  var _guid = function() {
    var currentDateMilliseconds = new Date().getTime();
    return 'xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx'.replace(/[xy]/g, function(currentChar) {
      var randomChar = (currentDateMilliseconds + Math.random() * 16) % 16 | 0;
      currentDateMilliseconds = Math.floor(currentDateMilliseconds / 16);
      return (currentChar === 'x' ? randomChar : (randomChar & 0x7 | 0x8)).toString(16);
    });
  };

  var create = function() {
    var hasCrypto = crypto != 'undefined' && crypto !== null,
      hasRandomValues = typeof(window.crypto.getRandomValues) != 'undefined';
    return (hasCrypto && hasRandomValues) ? _cryptoGuid() : _guid();
  };

  return {
    newGuid: create,
    empty: EMPTY
  };
})();

// DEMO: Create and show GUID
console.log(Guid.newGuid());

Usage:

Guid.newGuid()

"c6c2d12f-d76b-5739-e551-07e6de5b0807"

Guid.empty

"00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"

answered 5 years ago Slavik Meltser #22

Fastest GUID like string generator method in the format XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX. This does not generate standard-compliant GUID.

Ten million executions of this implementation take just 32.5 seconds, which is the fastest I've ever seen in a browser (the only solution without loops/iterations).

The function is as simple as:

/**
 * Generates a GUID string.
 * @returns {String} The generated GUID.
 * @example af8a8416-6e18-a307-bd9c-f2c947bbb3aa
 * @author Slavik Meltser ([email protected]).
 * @link http://slavik.meltser.info/?p=142
 */
function guid() {
    function _p8(s) {
        var p = (Math.random().toString(16)+"000000000").substr(2,8);
        return s ? "-" + p.substr(0,4) + "-" + p.substr(4,4) : p ;
    }
    return _p8() + _p8(true) + _p8(true) + _p8();
}

To test the performance, you can run this code:

console.time('t'); 
for (var i = 0; i < 10000000; i++) { 
    guid(); 
};
console.timeEnd('t');

I'm sure most of you will understand what I did there, but maybe there is at least one person that will need an explanation:

The algorithm:

  • The Math.random() function returns a decimal number between 0 and 1 with 16 digits after the decimal fraction point (for example 0.4363923368509859).
  • Then we take this number and convert it to a string with base 16 (from the example above we'll get 0.6fb7687f).
    Math.random().toString(16).
  • Then we cut off the 0. prefix (0.6fb7687f => 6fb7687f) and get a string with eight hexadecimal characters long.
    (Math.random().toString(16).substr(2,8).
  • Sometimes the Math.random() function will return shorter number (for example 0.4363), due to zeros at the end (from the example above, actually the number is 0.4363000000000000). That's why I'm appending to this string "000000000" (a string with nine zeros) and then cutting it off with substr() function to make it nine characters exactly (filling zeros to the right).
  • The reason for adding exactly nine zeros is because of the worse case scenario, which is when the Math.random() function will return exactly 0 or 1 (probability of 1/10^16 for each one of them). That's why we needed to add nine zeros to it ("0"+"000000000" or "1"+"000000000"), and then cutting it off from the second index (3rd character) with a length of eight characters. For the rest of the cases, the addition of zeros will not harm the result because it is cutting it off anyway.
    Math.random().toString(16)+"000000000").substr(2,8).

The assembly:

  • The GUID is in the following format XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX.
  • I divided the GUID into 4 pieces, each piece divided into 2 types (or formats): XXXXXXXX and -XXXX-XXXX.
  • Now I'm building the GUID using these 2 types to assemble the GUID with call 4 pieces, as follows: XXXXXXXX -XXXX-XXXX -XXXX-XXXX XXXXXXXX.
  • To differ between these two types, I added a flag parameter to a pair creator function _p8(s), the s parameter tells the function whether to add dashes or not.
  • Eventually we build the GUID with the following chaining: _p8() + _p8(true) + _p8(true) + _p8(), and return it.

Link to this post on my blog

Enjoy! :-)

answered 5 years ago Anatoly Mironov #23

I know, it is an old question. Just for completeness, if your environment is SharePoint, there is a utility function called SP.Guid.newGuid (msdn link) which creates a new guid. This function is inside the sp.init.js file. If you rewrite this function (to remove some other dependencies from other private functions), it looks like this:

var newGuid = function () {
    var result = '';
    var hexcodes = "0123456789abcdef".split("");

    for (var index = 0; index < 32; index++) {
        var value = Math.floor(Math.random() * 16);

        switch (index) {
        case 8:
            result += '-';
            break;
        case 12:
            value = 4;
            result += '-';
            break;
        case 16:
            value = value & 3 | 8;
            result += '-';
            break;
        case 20:
            result += '-';
            break;
        }
        result += hexcodes[value];
    }
    return result;
};

answered 5 years ago ShitalShah #24

It is important that to use well tested code that is maintained by more than 1 contributors instead of whipping your own stuff for this. This is one of the places where you probably want to prefer most stable code than shortest possible clever version that works in X browser but doesn't take in to account idiosyncrasies of Y which would often lead to very hard to investigate bugs than manifests only randomly for some users. Personally I use uuid-js at https://github.com/aurigadl/uuid-js which bower enabled so I can take updates easily.

answered 5 years ago George Mauer #25

Weird that no one has mentioned this yet but for completeness, there's a plethora of guid generators on npm I'm willing to bet most of them work in browser too.

answered 5 years ago Jeff Ward #26

broofa's answer is pretty slick, indeed - impressively clever, really... rfc4122 compliant, somewhat readable, and compact. Awesome!

But if you're looking at that regular expression, those many replace() callbacks, toString()'s and Math.random() function calls (where he's only using 4 bits of the result and wasting the rest), you may start to wonder about performance. Indeed, joelpt even decided to toss out RFC for generic GUID speed with generateQuickGUID.

But, can we get speed and RFC compliance? I say, YES! Can we maintain readability? Well... Not really, but it's easy if you follow along.

But first, my results, compared to broofa, guid (the accepted answer), and the non-rfc-compliant generateQuickGuid:

                  Desktop   Android
           broofa: 1617ms   12869ms
               e1:  636ms    5778ms
               e2:  606ms    4754ms
               e3:  364ms    3003ms
               e4:  329ms    2015ms
               e5:  147ms    1156ms
               e6:  146ms    1035ms
               e7:  105ms     726ms
             guid:  962ms   10762ms
generateQuickGuid:  292ms    2961ms
  - Note: 500k iterations, results will vary by browser/cpu.

So by my 6th iteration of optimizations, I beat the most popular answer by over 12X, the accepted answer by over 9X, and the fast-non-compliant answer by 2-3X. And I'm still rfc4122 compliant.

Interested in how? I've put the full source on http://jsfiddle.net/jcward/7hyaC/3/ and on http://jsperf.com/uuid-generator-opt/4

For an explanation, let's start with broofa's code:

'xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx'.replace(/[xy]/g, function(c) {
  var r = Math.random()*16|0, v = c == 'x' ? r : (r&0x3|0x8);
  return v.toString(16);
});

So it replaces x with any random hex digit, y with random data (except forcing the top 2 bits to 10 per the RFC spec), and the regex doesn't match the - or 4 characters, so he doesn't have to deal with them. Very, very slick.

The first thing to know is that function calls are expensive, as are regular expressions (though he only uses 1, it has 32 callbacks, one for each match, and in each of the 32 callbacks it calls Math.random() and v.toString(16)).

The first step toward performance is to eliminate the RegEx and its callback functions and use a simple loop instead. This means we have to deal with the - and 4 characters whereas broofa did not. Also, note that we can use String Array indexing to keep his slick String template architecture:

function e1() {
  var u='',i=0;
  while(i++<36) {
    var c='xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx'[i-1],r=Math.random()*16|0,v=c=='x'?r:(r&0x3|0x8);
    u+=(c=='-'||c=='4')?c:v.toString(16)
  }
  return u;
}

Basically, the same inner logic, except we check for - or 4, and using a while loop (instead of replace() callbacks) gets us an almost 3X improvement!

The next step is a small one on the desktop but makes a decent difference on mobile. Let's make fewer Math.random() calls and utilize all those random bits instead of throwing 87% of them away with a random buffer that gets shifted out each iteration. Let's also move that template definition out of the loop, just in case it helps:

function e2() {
  var u='',m='xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx',i=0,rb=Math.random()*0xffffffff|0;
  while(i++<36) {
    var c=m[i-1],r=rb&0xf,v=c=='x'?r:(r&0x3|0x8);
    u+=(c=='-'||c=='4')?c:v.toString(16);rb=i%8==0?Math.random()*0xffffffff|0:rb>>4
  }
  return u
}

This saves us 10-30% depending on platform. Not bad. But the next big step gets rid of the toString function calls altogether with an optimization classic - the look-up table. A simple 16-element lookup table will perform the job of toString(16) in much less time:

function e3() {
  var h='0123456789abcdef';
  var k='xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx';
  /* same as e4() below */
}
function e4() {
  var h=['0','1','2','3','4','5','6','7','8','9','a','b','c','d','e','f'];
  var k=['x','x','x','x','x','x','x','x','-','x','x','x','x','-','4','x','x','x','-','y','x','x','x','-','x','x','x','x','x','x','x','x','x','x','x','x'];
  var u='',i=0,rb=Math.random()*0xffffffff|0;
  while(i++<36) {
    var c=k[i-1],r=rb&0xf,v=c=='x'?r:(r&0x3|0x8);
    u+=(c=='-'||c=='4')?c:h[v];rb=i%8==0?Math.random()*0xffffffff|0:rb>>4
  }
  return u
}

The next optimization is another classic. Since we're only handling 4-bits of output in each loop iteration, let's cut the number of loops in half and process 8-bits each iteration. This is tricky since we still have to handle the RFC compliant bit positions, but it's not too hard. We then have to make a larger lookup table (16x16, or 256) to store 0x00 - 0xff, and we build it only once, outside the e5() function.

var lut = []; for (var i=0; i<256; i++) { lut[i] = (i<16?'0':'')+(i).toString(16); }
function e5() {
  var k=['x','x','x','x','-','x','x','-','4','x','-','y','x','-','x','x','x','x','x','x'];
  var u='',i=0,rb=Math.random()*0xffffffff|0;
  while(i++<20) {
    var c=k[i-1],r=rb&0xff,v=c=='x'?r:(c=='y'?(r&0x3f|0x80):(r&0xf|0x40));
    u+=(c=='-')?c:lut[v];rb=i%4==0?Math.random()*0xffffffff|0:rb>>8
  }
  return u
}

I tried an e6() that processes 16-bits at a time, still using the 256-element LUT, and it showed the diminishing returns of optimization. Though it had fewer iterations, the inner logic was complicated by the increased processing, and it performed the same on desktop, and only ~10% faster on mobile.

The final optimization technique to apply - unroll the loop. Since we're looping a fixed number of times, we can technically write this all out by hand. I tried this once with a single random variable r that I kept re-assigning, and performance tanked. But with four variables assigned random data up front, then using the lookup table, and applying the proper RFC bits, this version smokes them all:

var lut = []; for (var i=0; i<256; i++) { lut[i] = (i<16?'0':'')+(i).toString(16); }
function e7()
{
  var d0 = Math.random()*0xffffffff|0;
  var d1 = Math.random()*0xffffffff|0;
  var d2 = Math.random()*0xffffffff|0;
  var d3 = Math.random()*0xffffffff|0;
  return lut[d0&0xff]+lut[d0>>8&0xff]+lut[d0>>16&0xff]+lut[d0>>24&0xff]+'-'+
    lut[d1&0xff]+lut[d1>>8&0xff]+'-'+lut[d1>>16&0x0f|0x40]+lut[d1>>24&0xff]+'-'+
    lut[d2&0x3f|0x80]+lut[d2>>8&0xff]+'-'+lut[d2>>16&0xff]+lut[d2>>24&0xff]+
    lut[d3&0xff]+lut[d3>>8&0xff]+lut[d3>>16&0xff]+lut[d3>>24&0xff];
}

Modualized: http://jcward.com/UUID.js - UUID.generate()

The funny thing is, generating 16 bytes of random data is the easy part. The whole trick is expressing it in String format with RFC compliance, and it's most tightly accomplished with 16 bytes of random data, an unrolled loop and lookup table.

I hope my logic is correct -- it's very easy to make a mistake in this kind of tedious bit-work. But the outputs look good to me. I hope you enjoyed this mad ride through code optimization!

Be advised: my primary goal was to show and teach potential optimization strategies. Other answers cover important topics such as collisions and truly random numbers, which are important for generating good UUIDs.

answered 5 years ago ling #27

This one is based on date, and add a random suffix to "ensure" uniqueness. Works well for css identifiers. It always returns something like and is easy to hack:

uid-139410573297741

var getUniqueId = function (prefix) {
            var d = new Date().getTime();
            d += (parseInt(Math.random() * 100)).toString();
            if (undefined === prefix) {
                prefix = 'uid-';
            }
            d = prefix + d;
            return d;
        };

answered 5 years ago Giridhar #28

I'm using this below function, hope it may be useful.

    function NewGuid()
         {
           var sGuid="";
           for (var i=0; i<32; i++)
            {
              sGuid+=Math.floor(Math.random()*0xF).toString(0xF);
            }
           return sGuid;
         }

answered 4 years ago Rishi #29

For my use-case, I required id generation that was guaranteed to be unique globally; without exception. I struggled with the problem for a while, and came up with a solution called tuid (Truly Unique ID). It generates an id with the first 32 characters being system-generated and the remaining digits representing milliseconds since epoch. In situations where I need to generate id's on client-side javascript, it works well. Have a look:

https://github.com/mongoh/tuid

answered 4 years ago jvenema #30

Well, this has a bunch of answers already, but unfortunately there's not a "true" random in the bunch. The version below is an adaptation of broofa's answer, but updated to include a "true" random function that uses crypto libraries where available, and the Alea() function as a fallback.

  Math.log2 = Math.log2 || function(n){ return Math.log(n) / Math.log(2); }
  Math.trueRandom = (function() {
  var crypt = window.crypto || window.msCrypto;

  if (crypt && crypt.getRandomValues) {
      // if we have a crypto library, use it
      var random = function(min, max) {
          var rval = 0;
          var range = max - min;
          if (range < 2) {
              return min;
          }

          var bits_needed = Math.ceil(Math.log2(range));
          if (bits_needed > 53) {
            throw new Exception("We cannot generate numbers larger than 53 bits.");
          }
          var bytes_needed = Math.ceil(bits_needed / 8);
          var mask = Math.pow(2, bits_needed) - 1;
          // 7776 -> (2^13 = 8192) -1 == 8191 or 0x00001111 11111111

          // Create byte array and fill with N random numbers
          var byteArray = new Uint8Array(bytes_needed);
          crypt.getRandomValues(byteArray);

          var p = (bytes_needed - 1) * 8;
          for(var i = 0; i < bytes_needed; i++ ) {
              rval += byteArray[i] * Math.pow(2, p);
              p -= 8;
          }

          // Use & to apply the mask and reduce the number of recursive lookups
          rval = rval & mask;

          if (rval >= range) {
              // Integer out of acceptable range
              return random(min, max);
          }
          // Return an integer that falls within the range
          return min + rval;
      }
      return function() {
          var r = random(0, 1000000000) / 1000000000;
          return r;
      };
  } else {
      // From http://baagoe.com/en/RandomMusings/javascript/
      // Johannes Baagøe <[email protected]>, 2010
      function Mash() {
          var n = 0xefc8249d;

          var mash = function(data) {
              data = data.toString();
              for (var i = 0; i < data.length; i++) {
                  n += data.charCodeAt(i);
                  var h = 0.02519603282416938 * n;
                  n = h >>> 0;
                  h -= n;
                  h *= n;
                  n = h >>> 0;
                  h -= n;
                  n += h * 0x100000000; // 2^32
              }
              return (n >>> 0) * 2.3283064365386963e-10; // 2^-32
          };

          mash.version = 'Mash 0.9';
          return mash;
      }

      // From http://baagoe.com/en/RandomMusings/javascript/
      function Alea() {
          return (function(args) {
              // Johannes Baagøe <[email protected]>, 2010
              var s0 = 0;
              var s1 = 0;
              var s2 = 0;
              var c = 1;

              if (args.length == 0) {
                  args = [+new Date()];
              }
              var mash = Mash();
              s0 = mash(' ');
              s1 = mash(' ');
              s2 = mash(' ');

              for (var i = 0; i < args.length; i++) {
                  s0 -= mash(args[i]);
                  if (s0 < 0) {
                      s0 += 1;
                  }
                  s1 -= mash(args[i]);
                  if (s1 < 0) {
                      s1 += 1;
                  }
                  s2 -= mash(args[i]);
                  if (s2 < 0) {
                      s2 += 1;
                  }
              }
              mash = null;

              var random = function() {
                  var t = 2091639 * s0 + c * 2.3283064365386963e-10; // 2^-32
                  s0 = s1;
                  s1 = s2;
                  return s2 = t - (c = t | 0);
              };
              random.uint32 = function() {
                  return random() * 0x100000000; // 2^32
              };
              random.fract53 = function() {
                  return random() +
                      (random() * 0x200000 | 0) * 1.1102230246251565e-16; // 2^-53
              };
              random.version = 'Alea 0.9';
              random.args = args;
              return random;

          }(Array.prototype.slice.call(arguments)));
      };
      return Alea();
  }
}());

Math.guid = function() {
    return 'xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx'.replace(/[xy]/g, function(c)    {
      var r = Math.trueRandom() * 16 | 0,
          v = c == 'x' ? r : (r & 0x3 | 0x8);
      return v.toString(16);
  });
};

answered 4 years ago Andrew #31

I wanted to understand broofa's answer, so I expanded it and added comments:

var uuid = function () {
    return 'xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx'.replace(
        /[xy]/g,
        function (match) {
            /*
            * Create a random nibble. The two clever bits of this code:
            *
            * - Bitwise operations will truncate floating point numbers
            * - For a bitwise OR of any x, x | 0 = x
            *
            * So:
            *
            * Math.random * 16
            *
            * creates a random floating point number
            * between 0 (inclusive) and 16 (exclusive) and
            *
            * | 0
            *
            * truncates the floating point number into an integer.
            */
            var randomNibble = Math.random() * 16 | 0;

            /*
            * Resolves the variant field. If the variant field (delineated
            * as y in the initial string) is matched, the nibble must
            * match the mask (where x is a do-not-care bit):
            *
            * 10xx
            *
            * This is achieved by performing the following operations in
            * sequence (where x is an intermediate result):
            *
            * - x & 0x3, which is equivalent to x % 3
            * - x | 0x8, which is equivalent to x + 8
            *
            * This results in a nibble between 8 inclusive and 11 exclusive,
            * (or 1000 and 1011 in binary), all of which satisfy the variant
            * field mask above.
            */
            var nibble = (match == 'y') ?
                (randomNibble & 0x3 | 0x8) :
                randomNibble;

            /*
            * Ensure the nibble integer is encoded as base 16 (hexadecimal).
            */
            return nibble.toString(16);
        }
    );
};

answered 3 years ago mangalbhaskar #32

A simple solution to generate unique identification is to use time token and add random number to it. I prefer to prefix it with "uuid-".

Below function will generate random string of type: uuid-14d93eb1b9b4533e6. One doesn't need to generate 32 chars random string. 16 char random string is more than sufficient in this case to provide the unique UUIDs in javascript.

var createUUID = function() {
  return"uuid-"+((new Date).getTime().toString(16)+Math.floor(1E7*Math.random()).toString(16));
}

answered 3 years ago robocat #33

Simple code that uses crypto.getRandomValues(a) on supported browsers (IE11+, iOS7+, FF21+, Chrome, Android Chrome). Avoids using Math.random() because that can cause collisions (for example 20 collisions for 4000 generated uuids in a real situation by Muxa).

function uuid() {
    function randomDigit() {
        if (crypto && crypto.getRandomValues) {
            var rands = new Uint8Array(1);
            crypto.getRandomValues(rands);
            return (rands[0] % 16).toString(16);
        } else {
            return ((Math.random() * 16) | 0).toString(16);
        }
    }
    var crypto = window.crypto || window.msCrypto;
    return 'xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-8xxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx'.replace(/x/g, randomDigit);
}

Notes:

  • Optimised for code readability not speed, so suitable for say a few hundred uuid's per second. Generates about 10000 uuid() per second in Chromium on my laptop using http://jsbin.com/fuwigo/1 to measure performance.
  • Only uses 8 for "y" because that simplifies code readability (y is allowed to be 8, 9, A or B).

answered 3 years ago Matthew Riches #34

Just thought I'd post yet another way of doing the same thing.

function guid() {
  var chars = ["0","1","2","3","4","5","6","7","8","9","A","B","C","D","E","F"];
  var str = "";
  for(var i=0;i<36;i++) {
    var str = str + ((i == 8 || i == 13 || i == 18 || i == 23) ? "-" : chars[Math.floor(Math.random()*chars.length)]);
  };
  return str;
}

answered 3 years ago Kyros Koh #35

You can use node-uuid (https://github.com/kelektiv/node-uuid)

Simple, fast generation of RFC4122 UUIDS.

Features:

  • Generate RFC4122 version 1 or version 4 UUIDs
  • Runs in node.js and browsers.
  • Cryptographically strong random # generation on supporting platforms.
  • Small footprint (Want something smaller? Check this out!)

Install Using NPM:

npm install uuid

Or Using uuid via browser:

Download Raw File (uuid v1): https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kelektiv/node-uuid/master/v1.js Download Raw File (uuid v4): https://raw.githubusercontent.com/kelektiv/node-uuid/master/v4.js


Want even smaller? Check this out: https://gist.github.com/jed/982883


Usage:

// Generate a v1 UUID (time-based)
const uuidV1 = require('uuid/v1');
uuidV1(); // -> '6c84fb90-12c4-11e1-840d-7b25c5ee775a'

// Generate a v4 UUID (random)
const uuidV4 = require('uuid/v4');
uuidV4(); // -> '110ec58a-a0f2-4ac4-8393-c866d813b8d1'

// Generate a v5 UUID (namespace)
const uuidV5 = require('uuid/v5');

// ... using predefined DNS namespace (for domain names)
uuidV5('hello.example.com', v5.DNS)); // -> 'fdda765f-fc57-5604-a269-52a7df8164ec'

// ... using predefined URL namespace (for, well, URLs)
uuidV5('http://example.com/hello', v5.URL); // -> '3bbcee75-cecc-5b56-8031-b6641c1ed1f1'

// ... using a custom namespace
const MY_NAMESPACE = '(previously generated unique uuid string)';
uuidV5('hello', MY_NAMESPACE); // -> '90123e1c-7512-523e-bb28-76fab9f2f73d'

ES6:

import uuid from 'uuid/v4';
const id = uuid();

answered 3 years ago andersh #36

You could use the npm package guid, a guid generator and validator.

https://www.npmjs.com/package/guid

Example:

Guid.raw();
// -> '6fdf6ffc-ed77-94fa-407e-a7b86ed9e59d'

UPDATE: This package has been deprecated. Use uuid instead.

https://www.npmjs.com/package/uuid

Example:

const uuidv4 = require('uuid/v4');
uuidv4(); // ⇨ '10ba038e-48da-487b-96e8-8d3b99b6d18a'

answered 3 years ago MaxPRafferty #37

Just in case anyone dropping by google is seeking a small utility library, ShortId (https://www.npmjs.com/package/shortid) meets all the requirements of this question. It allows specifying allowed characters and length, and guarantees non-sequential, non-repeating strings.

To make this more of a real answer, the core of that library uses the following logic to produce its short ids:

function encode(lookup, number) {
    var loopCounter = 0;
    var done;

    var str = '';

    while (!done) {
        str = str + lookup( ( (number >> (4 * loopCounter)) & 0x0f ) | randomByte() );
        done = number < (Math.pow(16, loopCounter + 1 ) );
        loopCounter++;
    }
    return str;
}

/** Generates the short id */
function generate() {

    var str = '';

    var seconds = Math.floor((Date.now() - REDUCE_TIME) * 0.001);

    if (seconds === previousSeconds) {
        counter++;
    } else {
        counter = 0;
        previousSeconds = seconds;
    }

    str = str + encode(alphabet.lookup, version);
    str = str + encode(alphabet.lookup, clusterWorkerId);
    if (counter > 0) {
        str = str + encode(alphabet.lookup, counter);
    }
    str = str + encode(alphabet.lookup, seconds);

    return str;
}

I have not edited this to reflect only the most basic parts of this approach, so the above code includes some additional logic from the library. If you are curious about everything it is doing, take a look at the source: https://github.com/dylang/shortid/tree/master/lib

answered 3 years ago Ashish Yadav #38

Hi here is an working example it generates 32-digit Unique UUID.

function generateUUID() {
      var d = new Date();
      var k = d.getTime();
     var str = k.toString(16).slice(1)
    var UUID= 'xxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xzx'.replace(/[xy]/g, function (c)
      {
        var r = Math.random() * 16 | 0;
        v = c == 'x' ? r : (r & 3 | 8);
        return v.toString(16);
      });
      var newString = UUID.replace(/[z]/, str)
      return newString;
    }
    var x = generateUUID()
    console.log(x,x.length)

answered 2 years ago Dustin Poissant #39

I found this script useful for creating GUIDs in JavaScript

https://github.com/addui/GUIDJS

var myGuid = GUID();

answered 2 years ago lugreen #40

This may be of use to someone...

var d = new Date().valueOf();
var n = d.toString();
var result = '';
var length = 32;
var p = 0;
var chars = '0123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ';

for (var i = length; i > 0; --i){
    result += ((i & 1) && n.charAt(p) ? '<b>' + n.charAt(p) + '</b>' : chars[Math.floor(Math.random() * chars.length)]);
    if(i & 1) p++;
};

https://jsfiddle.net/j0evrdf1/1/

answered 2 years ago JHG #41

function randomHex(length) {
    var random_string = '';
    if(!length){
        length = 1;
    }
    for(var i=0; i<length; i+=1){
        random_string += Math.floor(Math.random() * 15).toString(16);
    }
    return random_string;
}

function guid() {
    return randomHex(8);
}

answered 2 years ago Pablo Pazos #42

Here you can find a very small function that generates uuids https://gist.github.com/jed/982883

One of the final versions is:

function b(
  a                  // placeholder
){
  var cryptoObj = window.crypto || window.msCrypto; // for IE 11
  return a           // if the placeholder was passed, return
    ? (              // a random number from 0 to 15
      a ^            // unless b is 8,
      cryptoObj.getRandomValues(new Uint8Array(1))[0]  // in which case
      % 16           // a random number from
      >> a/4         // 8 to 11
      ).toString(16) // in hexadecimal
    : (              // or otherwise a concatenated string:
      [1e7] +        // 10000000 +
      -1e3 +         // -1000 +
      -4e3 +         // -4000 +
      -8e3 +         // -80000000 +
      -1e11          // -100000000000,
      ).replace(     // replacing
        /[018]/g,    // zeroes, ones, and eights with
        b            // random hex digits
      )
}

answered 2 years ago Silver Ringvee #43

The one I've been using lately:

const uuid = function b(a) {
  return a ? (a ^ Math.random() * 16 >> a / 4).toString(16) :
      ([1e7] + -1e3 + -4e3 + -8e3 + -1e11).replace(/[018]/g, b);
};

answered 2 years ago Abhijeet #44

You can use some of the npm packages (directly if node.js, browserify if on UI side)

uuid

node-uuid

answered 1 year ago Jonathan Potter #45

If you just need a random 128 bit string in no particular format you can use:

function uuid() {
    return crypto.getRandomValues(new Uint32Array(4)).join('-');
}

Which will return something like 2350143528-4164020887-938913176-2513998651.

answered 1 year ago Simon Rigét #46

var uniqueId = Math.random().toString(36).substring(2) 
               + (new Date()).getTime().toString(36);

If ID's are generated more than 1 millisecond apart, they are 100% unique.

If two ID's are generated at shorter intervals, and assuming that the random method is truly random, this would generate ID's that are 99.99999999999999% likely to be globally unique (collision in 1 of 10^15)

You can increase this number by adding more digits, but to generate 100% unique ID's you will need to use a global counter.

document.getElementById("unique").innerHTML =
  Math.random().toString(36).substring(2) + (new Date()).getTime().toString(36);
<div id="unique">
</div>

answered 1 year ago Behnam Mohammadi #47

ES6 sample

const guid=()=> {
  const s4=()=> Math.floor((1 + Math.random()) * 0x10000).toString(16).substring(1);     
  return `${s4() + s4()}-${s4()}-${s4()}-${s4()}-${s4() + s4() + s4()}`;
}

answered 11 months ago ceving #48

Just another more readable variant with just two mutations.

function uuid4()
{
  function hex (s, b)
  {
    return s +
      (b >>> 4   ).toString (16) +  // high nibble
      (b & 0b1111).toString (16);   // low nibble
  }

  let r = crypto.getRandomValues (new Uint8Array (16));

  r[6] = r[6] >>> 4 | 0b01000000; // Set type 4: 0100
  r[8] = r[8] >>> 3 | 0b10000000; // Set variant: 100

  return r.slice ( 0,  4).reduce (hex, '' ) +
    r.slice ( 4,  6).reduce (hex, '-') +
    r.slice ( 6,  8).reduce (hex, '-') +
    r.slice ( 8, 10).reduce (hex, '-') +
    r.slice (10, 16).reduce (hex, '-');
}

answered 9 months ago Stephen Quan #49

For those who are using Javascript on Windows (e.g. WScript / CScript / MSHTA). One can use ActiveX. Specifically, the Scriptlet.Typelib object:

WScript.Echo((new ActiveXObject("Scriptlet.TypeLib")).Guid)

Note that this answer only works on the technologies I listed, it will not work any browser, not even Microsoft Edge! So, your mileage will vary with this answer.

answered 3 months ago Maramal #50

I get this is an old question but I learned something new some days ago and I guess is a good place to "share" it:

Using Change.js you get a unique GUID with one line of code:

var chance = new Chance();

document.body.innerHTML = chance.guid();
body { font-family: Tahoma }
<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
  <meta charset="utf-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width">
  <title>Chance.js</title>
</head>
<body>
<script src="//cdn.jsdelivr.net/chartist.js/latest/chartist.min.js"></script>
<link href="//cdn.jsdelivr.net/chartist.js/latest/chartist.min.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
  <script src="http://chancejs.com/chance.min.js"></script>
</body>
</html>

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