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Go package to generate guid (globally unique id) with good properties
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This is Go package to generate guid (globally unique id) with good properties.


import ""

id := betterguid.New()
fmt.Printf("guid: '%s'\n", id)

Generated guids have good properties:

  • they're 20 character strings, safe for inclusion in urls (don't require escaping)
  • they're based on timestamp; they sort after any existing ids
  • they contain 72-bits of random data after the timestamp so that IDs won't collide with other IDs
  • they sort lexicographically (the timestamp is converted to a string that will sort correctly)
  • they're monotonically increasing. Even if you generate more than one in the same timestamp, the latter ones will sort after the former ones. We do this by using the previous random bits but "incrementing" them by 1 (only in the case of a timestamp collision).

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