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Jan Prazak
Jan Prazak

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randomUUID in TypeScript

How to add missing support

As of today (May 2022) TypeScript type definition files lack Crypto API's randomUUID method.

I came up with this short solution which doesn't require modifying the typedef files. It is a simple workaround which exports the randomUUID method as generateUUID, and also checks browser support (returns an empty string if not supported in your browser). Maybe it will be of some use to others until TS gets updated.

More about randomUUID on MDN here. Overview of browser support here

export {generateUUID};

interface CryptoNew extends Crypto {
  randomUUID?() : string;

 * Returns an empty string if Crypto API or randomUUID is not supported by browser.
function generateUUID() : string {
  let cryptoRef: CryptoNew;
  let r: string | undefined = "";

  if (typeof self.crypto !== "undefined") {
    cryptoRef = self.crypto;
    r = cryptoRef.randomUUID?.();

  return r ? r : "";
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Top comments (2)

brense profile image
Rense Bakker

Whats wrong with npm uuid package? It's cross-platform and they have typescript support: npm i --save-dev @types/uuid

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Jan Prazak

For more advanced features sure! Thanks for the link.
My solution is for people who don't want yet another external library because the built-in Crypto API is all they need.