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Faker is a Python package that generates fake data for you.

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*Faker* is a Python package that generates fake data for you. Whether you need to bootstrap your database,
create good-looking XML documents, fill-in your persistence to stress test it, or anonymize data taken from a production service,
Faker is for you.

Faker is heavily inspired by PHP's [Faker][php-faker], Perl's [Data::Faker][perl-faker], and by ruby's [Faker][ruby-faker].

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## Basic Usage

Install with pip:

pip install fake-factory

Use `faker.Factory.create()` to create and initialize a faker generator, which can generate data by accessing properties named after the type of data you want.


from faker import Factory
fake = Factory.create()

# OR
from faker import Faker
fake = Faker()
# 'Lucy Cechtelar'

# "426 Jordy Lodge
# Cartwrightshire, SC 88120-6700"

# Sint velit eveniet. Rerum atque repellat voluptatem quia rerum. Numquam excepturi
# beatae sint laudantium consequatur. Magni occaecati itaque sint et sit tempore. Nesciunt
# amet quidem. Iusto deleniti cum autem ad quia aperiam.
# A consectetur quos aliquam. In iste aliquid et aut similique suscipit. Consequatur qui
# quaerat iste minus hic expedita. Consequuntur error magni et laboriosam. Aut aspernatur
# voluptatem sit aliquam. Dolores voluptatum est.
# Aut molestias et maxime. Fugit autem facilis quos vero. Eius quibusdam possimus est.
# Ea quaerat et quisquam. Deleniti sunt quam. Adipisci consequatur id in occaecati.
# Et sint et. Ut ducimus quod nemo ab voluptatum.

Each call to method `` yields a different (random) result.
This is because faker forwards `faker.Generator.method_name()` calls to `faker.Generator.format(method_name)`.


for i in range(0,10):

# Adaline Reichel
# Dr. Santa Prosacco DVM
# Noemy Vandervort V
# Lexi O'Conner
# Gracie Weber
# Roscoe Johns
# Emmett Lebsack
# Keegan Thiel
# Wellington Koelpin II
# Ms. Karley Kiehn V

## Providers

Each of the generator properties (like `name`, `address`, and `lorem`) are called "fake".
A faker generator has many of them, packaged in "providers". Here is a list of the bundled formatters in the default locale.

## Localization

`faker.Factory` can take a locale as an argument, to return localized data.
If no localized provider is found, the factory fallbacks to the default locale (en_EN).

from faker import Factory
fake = Factory.create('it_IT')
for i in range(0,10):

> Elda Palumbo
> Pacifico Giordano
> Sig. Avide Guerra
> Yago Amato
> Eustachio Messina
> Dott. Violante Lombardo
> Sig. Alighieri Monti
> Costanzo Costa
> Nazzareno Barbieri
> Max Coppola

You can check available Faker locales in the source code, under the providers package.
The localization of Faker is an ongoing process, for which we need your help.
Don't hesitate to create localized providers to your own locale and submit a PR!

Included localized providers:

* [cs_CZ](
* [de_DE](
* [dk_DK](
* [el_GR](
* [en_CA](
* [en_GB](
* [en_US](
* [es_ES](
* [es_MX](
* [fa_IR](
* [fi_FI](
* [fr_FR](
* [hi_IN](
* [it_IT](
* [ko_KR](
* [pl_PL](
* [pt_BR](
* [ru_RU](
* [zh_CN](

# Using from shell

In a python environment with faker installed you can use it with:

python -m faker [option] [*args]


* formatter name as `text`, `address`: display result of fake

[*args]: pass value to formatter (actually only strings)

$ python -m faker address
968 Bahringer Garden Apt. 722
Kristinaland, NJ 09890

# How to create a Provider

from faker import Faker
fake = Faker()

# first, import a similar Provider or use the default one
from faker.providers import BaseProvider

# create new provider class
class MyProvider(BaseProvider):
def foo(self):
return 'bar'

# then add new provider to faker instance

# now you can use:
> 'bar'

# Seeding the Generator

You may want to get always the same generated data - for instance when using Faker for unit testing purposes.
The generator offers a `seed()` method, which seeds the random number generator.
Calling the same script twice with the same seed produces the same results.

from faker import Faker
fake = Faker()

print # Margaret Boehm

# Tests

Run tests:

$ python test


$ python -m unittest -v faker.tests

Write documentation for providers:

$ python -m faker > docs.txt

## License

Faker is released under the MIT Licence. See the bundled LICENSE file for details.

- [FZaninotto][fzaninotto] / [Faker][php-faker]
- [Distribute][distribute]
- [Buildout][buildout]
- [modern-package-template][modern-package-template]

[fzaninotto]: "F.Zaninotto"
[php-faker]: "Php faker"
[perl-faker]: "Perl faker"
[ruby-faker]: "Ruby faker"



* Modified en_US to ouput female and male names. Thanks Adrian Klaver.
* Added SSN provider for en_US and en_CA. Thanks Scott (@milliquet).
* Added hi_IN localized provider. Thanks Pratik Kabra.
* Refactoring of command line


* New provider: Credit card generator
* Improved Documentor




*Release date: 18-Oct-2014*

* PEP8 style conversion (old camelCased methods are deprecated!)
* New language: pt_BR (thanks to @rvnovaes)
* all localized provider now uses `from __future__ import unicode_literals`
* documentor prints localized provider after all defaults
* FIX tests for python 2.6


*Release date: 01-Dic-2012*

* New providers: Python, File
* Providers imported with __import__
* Module is runnable with python -m faker [name] [*args]
* Rewrite fake generator system (allow autocompletation)
* New language: Franch
* Rewrite module __main__ and new Documentor class


*Release date: 13-Nov-2012*

* First release

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