NATS Unique Identifiers
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A highly performant unique identifier generator.


Use the go command:

$ go get

Basic Usage

// Utilize the global locked instance
nuid := nuid.Next()

// Create an instance, these are not locked.
n := nuid.New()
nuid = n.Next()

// Generate a new crypto/rand seeded prefix.
// Generally not needed, happens automatically.


NUID needs to be very fast to generate and be truly unique, all while being entropy pool friendly. NUID uses 12 bytes of crypto generated data (entropy draining), and 10 bytes of pseudo-random sequential data that increments with a pseudo-random increment.

Total length of a NUID string is 22 bytes of base 62 ascii text, so 62^22 or 2707803647802660400290261537185326956544 possibilities.

NUID can generate identifiers as fast as 60ns, or ~16 million per second. There is an associated benchmark you can use to test performance on your own hardware.


Unless otherwise noted, the NATS source files are distributed under the Apache Version 2.0 license found in the LICENSE file.