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[Sept 18, 2021] Form Tools 4 is now live! https://generatedata.com - For the next few days I'm going to be monitoring the prod site to make sure everything's working as expected and there aren't any major problems. Then I'll start working on documentation and creating an downloadable version of the script for easy use. The README doc below is for the old v3 script. That'll be updated soon, stay tuned.

This is the repo for the downloadable version of generatedata.com. The script is essentially an engine to generate any sort of random data in any format. It currently comes with 30 or so Data Types (types of data it generates), 8 Export Types (formats for the data), plus around 30 data sets for specific countries (city names, regions etc). But more importantly it can be extended in any way you want. Check out the developer documentation for more information on that. If you need to generate random data programmatically rather than manually via the UI, you can use the REST API.

The master branch now contains the ongoing v4 rewrite, so if you're downloading the script, get the most recent 3.x tag: https://github.com/benkeen/generatedata/releases

This README file still contains information about the v3 code. It will stay that way until v4 is released.

Requirements

  • PHP 5.3 or any later version of PHP 5.
  • MySQL 4.1.3 or later

How to Install / Documentation

For installation instructions, user and developer documentation, check out: http://benkeen.github.io/generatedata/

Installation is really, really simple. I deliberately wrote the script to be as self-contained as possible and not require additional PHP/Server configuration when setting it up. That said, it does require PHP 5.3.0 or later. See the documentation for more info.

master = v4 rewrite

The master branch of this repo now contains the ongoing work for the v4 rewrite, temporarily found here: http://generatedata4.com

The generatedata.com site, the documentation and everything else is for up to the v3 branch. You can find that code in the v3 branch.

Although I'm no longer working on that branch, PRs and bug fixes are very welcome! Just branch off v3 and put your PRs in against that.

v4 is dropping PHP and MySQL and re-writing the entire script in node. This script will eventually become available as a node package which you can use in your own packages to generate your own code programmatically, but it will continue to offer the REST API and UI for constructing and generating the data sets.

Pre-packaged solutions

Docker

Kubernetes Helm Chart

Dmitry Rubtsov has put up a Helm chart here: https://awesomeopensource.com/project/dmirubtsov/generatedata-helm

Vagrant

There's also a pre-packaged Vagrant solution found here, courtesy of Daragh Courtney.

To-Do

Please see the issues tagges as feature requests for a list of things that are still left to complete on this project. Help is always welcome!

License

This script is freely available under the GPL 3 license. See license.txt in the root folder. Please note that all contributors agree that all code is released under this license.

Contributors

In addition to the many fine folk who submit bug reports, a big thanks to the following for their help extending the script: https://github.com/benkeen/generatedata/graphs/contributors

Ben Keen @vancouverben


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