A tool for generating random characters/code-points
Unicode Babel is a easy to use python package for generating random unicode code-points/characters.
It's ideal for use in your tests or tools, Allowing you to quickly identify bugs and data processing issues.
- Easy to use iterator for repeated tests
- Unicode Planes 0, 1 and 2
- Python 3.6+
- Free to use and open source
pip install unicode-babel
from unicode_babel import tools, filters genny = tools.CodePointGenerator() for point in genny.random_codepoints(10, filters.filter_out_if_no_name): print(point)
Will output 10 random unicode code-points from the Basic Multilingual Plane, filtered to ensure only valid named code-points are returned.:
ᓆ ᗡ ꋛ 販 ۅ 䶣 楨 蟷 䔉 ݥ
As these are valid characters from valid code-points you can use these anywhere that clams to accept text.
If you want to really put the cat among the pigeons try this code:
from unicode_babel import * genny = tools.CodePointGenerator() for point in genny.random_codepoints(10, filters.filter_in_if_no_name): print(point)
...it will fail badly, as the code-points filtered-in can not be encoded, the codepoints don't map to a 'character'. The error might look something like this:
Traceback (most recent call last): File "tryout.py", line 6, in <module> print(point) UnicodeEncodeError: 'utf-8' codec can't encode character '\ud8b4' in position 0: surrogates not allowed
But this nonetheless might be useful in unit testing etc.
Or you can get individual code-points and them use them with other tools, for example Selenium Webdriver:
from unicode_babel import tools, filters from selenium import webdriver from selenium.webdriver.common.keys import Keys browser = webdriver.Chrome() browser.get("https://www.google.com") data_genny = tools.CodePointGenerator() unusual_char = data_genny.get_random_codepoint(filters.filter_out_if_no_name) search_box = browser.find_element_by_name("q") search_box.send_keys(unusual_char + Keys.RETURN)
Assuming you have Chromedriver (Webdriver) in your path, that should open Google and search for a random character.
If you have downloaded the code from GitHub and wish to run the unit tests:
python -m unittest discover -v tests
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