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uuid(n) 1.0.6 tcllib "uuid"


uuid - UUID generation and comparison


  • package require Tcl 8.5
  • package require uuid ?1.0.6?


This package provides a generator of universally unique identifiers (UUID) also known as globally unique identifiers (GUID). This implementation follows the draft specification from (1) although this is actually an expired draft document.


::uuid::uuid generate

Creates a type 4 uuid by MD5 hashing a number of bits of variant data including the time and hostname. Returns the string representation of the new uuid.

::uuid::uuid equal id1 id2

Compares two uuids and returns true if both arguments are the same uuid.


% uuid::uuid generate


  1. Paul J. Leach, "UUIDs and GUIDs", February 1998. (

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