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randomusers

This library generates random user data (just like Lorem ipsum but with people). The idea (and data) originates from RandomAPI/Randomuser.me-Node and I decided to do a complete Java implementation of it. It currently supports all the features of randomuser.me (including all the secret ones too ;) ).

Download

This library works completely offline meaning that you don't need no internet connection after you downloaded it. However, we know that avatar images can be quite heavy and if you don't need the avatar images to be available offline, you don't want a jar that is full with stuff you don't need. That is why we give you the choice:

  • A jar without the avatar images. If you pick this option, you can still generate URLs for avatar images but you need to download them from the internet rather than having them available offline.
  • A jar with the avatar images in it. If you pick this option, a class will be added that allows you to convert those URLs to URLs that pont to a image that is available offline.

Without avatar images

<dependencies>
   <dependency>
     <groupId>com.github.vatbub</groupId>
     <artifactId>randomusers</artifactId>
     <version>1.3</version>
   </dependency>
</dependencies>

If you don't use maven or gradle, you can download the latest jar here.

With offline avatar images

 <dependencies>
     <dependency>
         <groupId>com.github.vatbub</groupId>
         <artifactId>randomusers.offlinePictures</artifactId>
         <version>1.3</version>
     </dependency>
 </dependencies>

If you don't use maven or gradle, you can download the latest jar here.

To see how to convert a online avatar image url into a offline URL, see below.

Usage

To get one single user which is completely random, just call

RandomUser user = Generator.generateRandomUser(new RandomUser.RandomUserSpec());

If you wish to generate more than one user at once, you can call

int numberOfResultsToGenerate = 100;
List<RandomUser> users = Generator.generateRandomUsers(new RandomUser.RandomUserSpec(), numberOfResultsToGenerate);

This will result in one (or more) RandomUser-objects being generated. Those RandomUser-objects will contain the info about them (like their name, their email address ...).

If you wish to have more control over the result, you can modify the RandomUserSpec-object by calling one of its set-methods:

  • setGenders(List<Gender> genders) will force the generated users to have one of the genders listed in that list
  • setNationalities(List<Nationality> nationalities) will force the generated users to have one of the nationalities listed in that list
  • setPasswordSpec(PasswordSpec passwordSpec) specifies how the login passwords are generated (see more below)
  • setSeed(long seed) Using the same seed across multiple calls to the Generator will always result in the same user (if you use generateRandomUser(...)) or the same list of users (if you use generateRandomUsers(...))

For all parameters that you did not set using one of those setters, random values are generated. That means that if you specify a gender using spec.setGenders(Arrays.asList(Gender.female)) but do not specify any nationalities, the generated users will all be female with a random nationality.

How passwords are generated

By default, the login passwords created for the users consist of two words and a random number from 100 to 999. However, you may wish to control how passwords are generated. In that case, just create a PasswordSpec-object like this:

PasswordSpec passwordSpec = new PasswordSpec();
passwordSpec.setMinLength(5);
passwordSpec.setMaxLength(10);
passwordSpec.setCharsest(Arrays.asList(PasswordCharset.special, PasswordCharset.number));

and add it to the RandomUserSpec-object using the randomUserSpec.setPasswordSpec(...)-method.

This example will result in passwords having a minimal length of 5 characters and a maximal length of 10 characters. The password will only contain special characters and numbers. The following charsets are available:

  • PasswordCharset.special = !"#$%&'()*+,- ./:;<=>?@[\]^_``{|}~
  • PasswordCharset.upper = ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
  • PasswordCharset.lower = abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
  • PasswordCharset.number = 0123456789

Getting offline avatar images

Even if you chose to use the offline image artifact, randomUser.getPicture() will still generate URLs that point to the online version of the image. You need to convert them using a special class:

 // Generates offline URLs
 OfflineAvatarPicture offlinePicture = OfflineAvatarPicture.fromAvatarPicture(randomUser.getPicture());
 URL largeOfflineURL = offlinePicture.getLargePicture();
 // ...

The returned URL will point to a offline resource within the artifacts jar-file that you can read.

Demo applications

If you're still confused, the only thing you can do right now is to head over to randomuser.me and play around with it. randomuser.me works in a very similar way to this library so understanding randomuser.me should help you with understanding this lib.

If you wait some time though, you can have a look at the sample code which is in the works so hang tight.

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