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Module std.uuid

A UUID, or Universally unique identifier, is intended to uniquely identify information in a distributed environment without significant central coordination. It can be used to tag objects with very short lifetimes, or to reliably identify very persistent objects across a network.

UUIDs have many applications. Some examples follow: Databases may use UUIDs to identify rows or records in order to ensure that they are unique across different databases, or for publication/subscription services. Network messages may be identified with a UUID to ensure that different parts of a message are put back together again. Distributed computing may use UUIDs to identify a remote procedure call. Transactions and classes involved in serialization may be identified by UUIDs. Microsoft's component object model (COM) uses UUIDs to distinguish different software component interfaces. UUIDs are inserted into documents from Microsoft Office programs. UUIDs identify audio or video streams in the Advanced Systems Format (ASF). UUIDs are also a basis for OIDs (object identifiers), and URNs (uniform resource name).

An attractive feature of UUIDs when compared to alternatives is their relative small size, of 128 bits, or 16 bytes. Another is that the creation of UUIDs does not require a centralized authority.

When UUIDs are generated by one of the defined mechanisms, they are either guaranteed to be unique, different from all other generated UUIDs (that is, it has never been generated before and it will never be generated again), or it is extremely likely to be unique (depending on the mechanism).

For efficiency, UUID is implemented as a struct. UUIDs are therefore empty if not explicitly initialized. An UUID is empty if `UUID.empty` is true. Empty UUIDs are equal to UUID.init, which is a UUID with all 16 bytes set to 0. Use UUID's constructors or the UUID generator functions to get an initialized UUID.

This is a port of boost.uuid from the Boost project with some minor additions and API changes for a more D-like API.


RFC 4122

See Also


import std.uuid;

UUID[] ids;
ids ~= randomUUID();
ids ~= md5UUID("");
ids ~= sha1UUID("");

foreach (entry; ids)
    writeln(entry.variant); // UUID.Variant.rfc4122
writeln(ids[0].uuidVersion); // UUID.Version.randomNumberBased
writeln(ids[1].toString()); // "22390768-cced-325f-8f0f-cfeaa19d0ccd"
assert(ids[1].data == [34, 57, 7, 104, 204, 237, 50, 95, 143, 15, 207,
    234, 161, 157, 12, 205]);
UUID id;


md5UUID(name, namespace) This function generates a name based (Version 3) UUID from a namespace UUID and a name. If no namespace UUID was passed, the empty UUID UUID.init is used.
parseUUID(uuidString) This is a less strict parser compared to the parser used in the UUID constructor. It enforces the following rules:
randomUUID() This function generates a random number based UUID from a random number generator.
sha1UUID(name, namespace) This function generates a name based (Version 5) UUID from a namespace UUID and a name. If no namespace UUID was passed, the empty UUID UUID.init is used.


UUIDParsingException This exception is thrown if an error occurs when parsing a UUID from a string.



Manifest constants

dnsNamespace Default namespace from RFC 4122
oidNamespace Default namespace from RFC 4122
urlNamespace Default namespace from RFC 4122
uuidRegex Regex string to extract UUIDs from text.
x500Namespace Default namespace from RFC 4122


Johannes Pfau


Boost License 1.0.