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Ben Halpern

We use this Ruby gem:

stympy / faker

A library for generating fake data such as names, addresses, and phone numbers.

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This gem is a port of Perl's Data::Faker library that generates fake data.

It comes in very handy for taking screenshots (taking screenshots for my project, Catch the Best was the original impetus for the creation of this gem), having real-looking test data, and having your database populated with more than one or two records while you're doing development.


  • While Faker generates data at random, returned values are not guaranteed to be unique by default You must explicity specify when you require unique values, see details Values also can be deterministic if you use the deterministic feature, see details
  • This is the master branch of Faker and may contain changes that are not yet released Please refer the README of your version for the available methods. List of all versions is available here.


May or may not be convenient in your context, but there are different ports of this available in different coding environments I believe.

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Nathan Bland

This. For the client side only, or node.js amongst the crowd you can use this version.

Marak / faker.js

generate massive amounts of realistic fake data in Node.js and the browser

faker.js - generate massive amounts of fake data in the browser and node.js


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<script src = "faker.js" type = "text/javascript"></script&gt
  var randomName =; // Caitlyn Kerluke
  var randomEmail =; //
  var randomCard = faker.helpers.createCard(); // random contact card containing many properties


var faker = require('faker');

var randomName =; // Rowan Nikolaus
var randomEmail =; //
var randomCard = faker.helpers.createCard(); // random contact card containing many properties



faker.js contains a super useful generator method Faker.fake for combining faker API methods using a mustache string format.


console.log(faker.fake("{{name.lastName}}, {{name.firstName}} {{name.suffix}}"));
// outputs: "Marks, Dean Sr."

This will interpolate the format string with the value of methods…

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Michael Lee 🍕 Author

Oh wow, this is great. Thanks for sharing Ben!