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Generate random STIX 2 content.

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The STIX generator is a tool for generating random STIX content for prototyping and testing. It uses a simple, sentence-like syntax for expressing what STIX content to generate. This tool is provided in two forms: as a Jupyter notebook and as a commandline tool.

For more information, see the documentation on ReadTheDocs.

Jupyter Notebook

The Jupyter notebook provides an interactive environment to input generator syntax and view the generated content. To use the notebook, install the generator’s dependencies including the jupyter extras, and run Jupyter:

pip install -e .[jupyter]
jupyter nbextension install stix2viz --py
jupyter nbextension enable stix2viz --py
jupyter notebook

Open stix.ipynb in Jupyter to use the tool. Look at examples.ipynb for documentation and examples of the syntax.

Commandline Tool

The commandline version of the tool reads prototyping language from a file, and prints the generated objects to stdout. If a bundle is selected, the bundle is printed instead.

usage: [-h] [-b] [-e ENCODING] [-v] [--stix-version {2.0,2.1}]
                     [--extra-specs EXTRA_SPECS] [-m]

Create STIX content from the STIX prototyping language

positional arguments:
  language-file         The file containing STIX prototyping language

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -b, --bundle          Create a bundle
  -e ENCODING, --encoding ENCODING
                        Encoding to use when reading text files, e.g. STIX
                        prototyping language, custom generator specifications,
                        etc. Default=utf-8
  -v, --verbose         Enable verbose diagnostic output. Repeat for increased
  --stix-version {2.0,2.1}
                        STIX version to use. Default=2.1
  --extra-specs EXTRA_SPECS
                        A JSON file with extra object generator
                        specifications. These will be merged with the built-in
                        specifications, and made available for use in
                        prototyping language content.
  -m, --minimize-refs   Minimize reference properties in generated objects
                        (*_ref and *_refs).


The tool generates random data for all properties, so it may be nonsensical but will have the correct datatype or structure according to the STIX specification.

The object generator currently only generates STIX 2.1 objects. The commandline tool and some APIs will error out if any STIX version other than “2.1” is used.


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