Java.util.UUID Class


The java.util.UUID class represents an immutable universally unique identifier (UUID).Following are the important points about UUID −

  • A UUID represents a 128-bit value.

  • It is used for for creating random file names, session id in web application, transaction id etc.

  • There are four different basic types of UUIDs: time-based, DCE security, name-based, and randomly generated UUIDs.

Class declaration

Following is the declaration for java.util.UUID class −

public final class UUID
   extends Object
   implements Serializable, Comparable<UUID>

Class constructors

Sr.No. Constructor & Description

UUID(long mostSigBits, long leastSigBits)

This constructor constructs a new UUID using the specified data.

Class methods

Sr.No. Method & Description
1 int clockSequence()

This method shows the clock sequence value associated with this UUID.

2 int compareTo(UUID val)

This method compares this UUID with the specified UUID.

3 boolean equals(Object obj)

This method compares this object to the specified object.

4 static UUID fromString(String name)

This method creates a UUID from the string standard representation.

5 long getLeastSignificantBits()

This method returns the least significant 64 bits of this UUID's 128 bit value.

6 long getMostSignificantBits()

This method returns the most significant 64 bits of this UUID's 128 bit value.

7 int hashCode()

This method returns a hash code for this UUID.

8 static UUID nameUUIDFromBytes(byte[] name)

Static factory to retrieve a type 3(name based) UUID based on the specified byte array.

9 long node()

This method returns the node value associated with this UUID.

10 static UUID randomUUID()

Static factory to retrieve a type 4(pseudo randomly generated) UUID.

11 long timestamp()

This method returns the timestamp value associated with this UUID.

12 String toString()

This method returns the String object representing this UUID.

13 int variant()

This method returns the variant number associated with this UUID.

14 int version()

This method removes the version number associated with this UUID.

Methods inherited

This class inherits methods from the following classes −

  • java.util.Object
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