Unique number

Posted on 2011-02-22
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
How I get in php unique 5 character number sequence  example 12093, 48923, 83492 and so on... Everytime when user come in to the page there is unigue five  number sequence?
Question by:mattimeikalainen
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Expert Comment

ID: 34952642
Depends on what you mean by unique.  If you mean each time a page shows up, you want a random number that can't be guessed, you can use:

$random = mt_rand(10000,99999);
echo $random;

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At the same time, if you want make that number unique to the user, you'd need to insert the number into a database and then store a reference to that number with the user.  However, if you do that, you limit yourself and the number of numbers.  Should numbers expire?  In this case, could you explain a bit more what you are trying to do?
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Beverley Portlock earned 1000 total points
ID: 34952964
@Jason - mt_rand doesn't require seeding

@ O/P - the problem with a 5 digit number is that they are not very random since there are only 90,000 of them. A 5 character string has a lot more choice and it is not that hard to build a small function to do what you want

     // Generate a near unique, non-sequential code
     // Parameters: $codeSize - The size of the code to generate. Longer is more secure
     //             $codeChars - The set of characters to use to generate the key
     // Returns: A simple string
     function nearUniqueCode( $codeSize = 5, $codeChars= "" ) {
          $code  = "";
          $chars = ($codeChars != "" ) ? $codeChars : "ABCDEFGHJKLMNPQRTUVWXYZ0123456789";
          $chLen = strlen( $chars );

          // Build the code
          for ( $i=0; $i < $codeSize; $i++ ) {
               $pos =  mt_rand(0, $chLen-1);
               $code .= substr( $chars, $pos, 1 );

          return $code;

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Author Comment

ID: 34953261
How I put that bportlock solutions on my page? echo something?

Author Comment

ID: 34953314
That number series goes in forms hidden field <input type="hidden" name="number" value="<?php echo something">
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by:Beverley Portlock
ID: 34953626
Assuming you have included the function code I posted above, then it could be used lke so

<input type="hidden" name="number" value="<?php echo nearUniqueCode(); >"  />

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