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node-lipsum: Service/CLI for NodeJS

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node-lipsum is a NodeJS Module and Command-line Interface combo that provides a service API for, which you may or may not know as the go-to place to generate arbitrary dummy text whenever you need it. Node-lipsum can be used right from the command line by invoking node-lipsum (assuming you've installed it globally) or as a node module. When used as a node module, you can also get access to it's service and parser sub-modules, which can provide fine-grain access to's service.

Lorem Ipsum taken from courtesy of James Wilson.

Use Cases

You can use node-lipsum when you need:

  • Dummy Text for website mocks

  • Fixtures for unit/functional tests

  • Arbitary text that's meaningless

  • A lame excuse to practice ancient Latin


$ npm install [-g] node-lipsum # note -g is preferred if you want to use the CLI


There are 2 different ways to use node-lipsum: via the command line, and as a node module.

The Command-Line Interface

Basic Dummy Text Retrieval

As node-lipsum was built with a specific use case in mind, it is available out of the box via the node-lipsum script. Provided you have installed node-lipsum globally, simply run

$ node-lipsum

This will return you 5 paragraphs of Latin dummy text.

CLI Options

usage: node-lipsum [-h] [-v] [-s] [-w {paras,words,bytes}] [-a AMOUNT]

The CLI for the NodeJS Lorem Ipsum Service

Optional arguments:
  -h, --help            Show this help message and exit.
  -v, --version         Show program's version number and exit.
  -s, --start-with-lipsum
                        Whether or not the text should start with "Lorem 
                        Ipsum dolor sit amet...".
  -w {paras,words,bytes}, --what {paras,words,bytes}
                        The type of each text structure that will be returned.
                         Choose from "paras" (paragraphs), "words", or "bytes"
  -a AMOUNT, --amount AMOUNT
                        The number of text structures that will be returned. 
                        Defaults to 5.

Some Examples

# get 1 paragraph of text
$ node-lipsum -a 1

# get 25 words of text, starting with "lorem ipsum"
$ node-lipsum -s -w words -a 25

# the above can alternatively be written like so
$ node-lipsum --start-with-lipsum --what words --amount 25

# print a nice help message
$ node-lipsum -h  # or --help

The NodeJS Module

Inside your .js file:

var Lipsum = require('node-lipsum');
var fs = require('fs');
var lipsum = new Lipsum();
var lipsumOpts = {
  start: 'yes',
  what: 'bytes',
  amount: 80
lipsum.getText(function(text) {
  fs.writeFile('dummy.txt', text, function(err) {
    if (err) { 
    } else {
      console.log("Wrote " + text.length + "characters!");
}, lipsumOpts);

Alternatively, inside your .coffee file:

Lipsum = require "node-lipsum"
fs = require "fs"
lipsum = new Lipsum()
lipsumOpts =
  start: 'yes'
  what: 'bytes'
  amount: 80
lipsum.getText (text) ->
  fs.writeFile 'dummy.txt', text, (err) ->
    if err
      console.error err
      console.log "Wrote #{text.length} characters!"
  , lipsumOpts

Full Dox

Can be found here or within the source code.



$ git clone
$ cd node-lipsum/
$ npm install

Linting the code

$ cake lint


$ cake compile


$ cake test


$ npm test

They do the same thing


Please report them here!

License: LGPL

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this program. If not, see

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