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uniqid — Generates a unique ID.


string uniqid(prefix);
string prefix:


Unique value


This handy function creates a unique identifier based on the current number of microseconds. An optional prefix of up to 114 characters can be used to differentiate between several types of IDs or to provide another level of abstraction. This prefix is prepended to the generated ID. Since this function is based on the microtime, the variety of the generated IDs is not optimal; when the system time is known, a small amount of predictability comes into place. To generate hard-to-reproduce IDs, see the md5() function.


Example 354. Generate a unique ID

// See the random number generator
srand ((double) microtime () * 1000000);

// Generate a 12-character random string
$str = "";
for ($i = 0; $i < 12; ++$i) {
    $str .= chr(rand() % 26 + 97);

// ...and use it to make a unique ID more random
echo "Unique ID: ", uniqid($str);

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