PHP Generate UUID

April 20, 2010

Here’s one way to generate a UUID (GUID) in PHP

function uuid() 
{   
    // The field names refer to RFC 4122 section 4.1.2

    return sprintf('%04x%04x-%04x-%03x4-%04x-%04x%04x%04x',
        mt_rand(0, 65535), mt_rand(0, 65535), // 32 bits for "time_low"
        mt_rand(0, 65535), // 16 bits for "time_mid"
        mt_rand(0, 4095),  // 12 bits before the 0100 of (version) 4 for "time_hi_and_version"
        bindec(substr_replace(sprintf('%016b', mt_rand(0, 65535)), '01', 6, 2)),
            // 8 bits, the last two of which (positions 6 and 7) are 01, for "clk_seq_hi_res"
            // (hence, the 2nd hex digit after the 3rd hyphen can only be 1, 5, 9 or d)
            // 8 bits for "clk_seq_low"
        mt_rand(0, 65535), mt_rand(0, 65535), mt_rand(0, 65535) // 48 bits for "node" 
    ); 
}

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