public static function DrupalTestCase::randomName

Generates a random string containing letters and numbers.

The string will always start with a letter. The letters may be upper or lower case. This method is better for restricted inputs that do not accept certain characters. For example, when testing input fields that require machine readable values (i.e. without spaces and non-standard characters) this method is best.

Do not use this method when testing unvalidated user input. Instead, use DrupalWebTestCase::randomString().


$length: Length of random string to generate.

Return value

Randomly generated string.

See also


379 calls to DrupalTestCase::randomName()
AccessDeniedTestCase::testAccessDenied in drupal/modules/system/system.test
ActionsConfigurationTestCase::testActionConfiguration in drupal/modules/simpletest/tests/actions.test
Test the configuration of advanced actions through the administration interface.
AggregatorTestCase::createSampleNodes in drupal/modules/aggregator/aggregator.test
Creates sample article nodes.
AggregatorTestCase::getFeedEditArray in drupal/modules/aggregator/aggregator.test
Returns a randomly generated feed edit array.
BlockCacheTestCase::testCacheGlobal in drupal/modules/block/block.test

... See full list


drupal/modules/simpletest/drupal_web_test_case.php, line 646


Base class for Drupal tests.


public static function randomName($length = 8) {
  $values = array_merge(range(65, 90), range(97, 122), range(48, 57));
  $max = count($values) - 1;
  $str = chr(mt_rand(97, 122));
  for ($i = 1; $i < $length; $i++) {
    $str .= chr($values[mt_rand(0, $max)]);
  return $str;