Just like goods use barcodes as identifiers, books have ISBNs, cars have license plates, people have social security numbers, UUIDs are massive numbers used to identify components in computer applications. So we’ve created this free tool for anyone looking for a unique identifier to be used in their software projects or anywhere else.
Just select the desired GUID/UUID format, copy the code, and you’re good to go. Based on our research, we’ve made sure that our tool provides a lightweight and fast experience.
Note: GUID and UUID are essentially the same things and these terms are used interchangeably across the web and even their creators (detailed explanation in later sections).
For those of you who don’t know the basics of GUID and relevant terminologies, continue reading.
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GUID: Globally Unique Identifier
UUID: Universally Unique Identifier
A GUID/UUID is a 128-bit number identifier system that’s commonly employed in computer systems to identify different types of information. What makes them really stand out is their uniqueness and independence from any central authority or registration agency.
GUID and UUID look just the same and they are used for the same purposes. For general usage, you can understand that GUID refers to UUID standard’s implementation by Microsoft. If you really care about the minute differences, then some documentation of Microsoft states that GUIDs should have any hex digit in any position. On the other hand, UUID RFC4122 standard needs certain values for variant and version fields.
Some sample unique identifier examples with combination of hyphens, braces, and uppercase letters
Due to the uniqueness of UUID, it’s often used in computer/network systems. Microsoft, which uses its version of GUID, employs it for software components like Component Object, Module objects. It’s also used in a variety of other applications like cryptographic hash values, ID-based MAC address, sessions, token, entities, documents, database keys, etc.
As said above, you don’t need to register anywhere to create a GUID for your use. Using the unique id standards (RFC4122) set for their creation, anyone can generate a GUID and go ahead with its usage. As the probability of these codes to be duplicated is nearly close enough to be zero, you don’t have to worry about creating a GUID that won’t be unique.
You can use a Python library named UUID to generate random 128-bit numbers. The library uses your computer’s network address and system time. You can use uuid4() function of the module to create 5 random and unique UUID values. You can further employ a while loop to keep generating the values the number of times you need.