uuidgen man page

uuidgen — create a new UUID value

Synopsis

uuidgen [options]

Description

The uuidgen program creates (and prints) a new universally unique identifier (UUID) using the libuuid(3) library.  The new UUID can reasonably be considered unique among all UUIDs created on the local system, and among UUIDs created on other systems in the past and in the future.

There are three types of UUIDs which uuidgen can generate: time-based UUIDs, random-based UUIDs, and hash-based UUIDs. By default uuidgen will generate a random-based UUID if a high-quality random number generator is present.  Otherwise, it will choose a time-based UUID. It is possible to force the generation of one of these first two UUID types by using the -r or -t options.

The third type of UUID is generated with the -m or -s options (MD5 or SHA1, respectively), followed by -n namespace and -N name. The namespace may either be a well-known UUID, or else an alias to one of the well-known UUIDs defined in RFC 4122, that is @dns, @url, @oid, or @x500. The name is an arbitrary string value.  The generated UUID is the digest of the concatentation of the namespace UUID and the name value, hashed with the MD5 or SHA1 algorithms.  It is, therefore, a predictable value which may be useful when UUIDs are being used as handles or nonces for more complex values or values which shouldn't be disclosed directly. See the RFC for more information.

Options

-r, --random

Generate a random-based UUID.  This method creates a UUID consisting mostly of random bits.  It requires that the operating system have a high quality random number generator, such as /dev/random.

-t, --time

Generate a time-based UUID.  This method creates a UUID based on the system clock plus the system's ethernet hardware address, if present.

-h, --help

Display help text and exit.

-V, --version

Display version information and exit.

-m, --md5

Use MD5 as the hash algorithm.

-s, --sha1

Use SHA1 as the hash algorith.

-n, --namespace namespace

Generate the hash with the namespace prefix. The namespace is UUID, or '@ns' where "ns" is well-known predefined UUID addressed by namespace name (see above).

-N, --name name

Generate the hash of the name.

-x, --hex

Interpret name name as a hexidecimal string.

Conforming to

OSF DCE 1.1

Author

uuidgen was written by Andreas Dilger for libuuid.

See Also

libuuid(3), RFC 4122

Availability

The uuidgen command is part of the util-linux package and is available from https://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/utils/util-linux/.

Referenced By

lcp_crtpolelt(8), luksmeta(8), swaplabel(8), uuidd(8), uuid_generate(3), uuidparse(1), xl.cfg(5).

June 2011 util-linux User Commands