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fake-factory 0.5.0

Faker is a Python package that generates fake data for you.

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Faker is a Python package that generates fake data for you. Whether you need to bootstrap your database, create good-looking XML documents, fill-in your persistence to stress test it, or anonymize data taken from a production service, Faker is for you.

Faker is heavily inspired by PHP Faker, Perl Faker, and by Ruby Faker.

For more details, see the extended docs.

Basic Usage

Install with pip:

pip install fake-factory

Use faker.Factory.create() to create and initialize a faker generator, which can generate data by accessing properties named after the type of data you want.

from faker import Factory
fake = Factory.create()

# OR
from faker import Faker
fake = Faker()
# 'Lucy Cechtelar'

# "426 Jordy Lodge
#  Cartwrightshire, SC 88120-6700"

# Sint velit eveniet. Rerum atque repellat voluptatem quia rerum. Numquam excepturi
# beatae sint laudantium consequatur. Magni occaecati itaque sint et sit tempore. Nesciunt
# amet quidem. Iusto deleniti cum autem ad quia aperiam.
# A consectetur quos aliquam. In iste aliquid et aut similique suscipit. Consequatur qui
# quaerat iste minus hic expedita. Consequuntur error magni et laboriosam. Aut aspernatur
# voluptatem sit aliquam. Dolores voluptatum est.
# Aut molestias et maxime. Fugit autem facilis quos vero. Eius quibusdam possimus est.
# Ea quaerat et quisquam. Deleniti sunt quam. Adipisci consequatur id in occaecati.
# Et sint et. Ut ducimus quod nemo ab voluptatum.

Each call to method yields a different (random) result. This is because faker forwards faker.Generator.method_name() calls to faker.Generator.format(method_name).

for _ in range(0,10):

    # Adaline Reichel
    # Dr. Santa Prosacco DVM
    # Noemy Vandervort V
    # Lexi O'Conner
    # Gracie Weber
    # Roscoe Johns
    # Emmett Lebsack
    # Keegan Thiel
    # Wellington Koelpin II
    # Ms. Karley Kiehn V


Each of the generator properties (like name, address, and lorem) are called “fake”. A faker generator has many of them, packaged in “providers”. Here is a list of the bundled formatters in the default locale.


faker.Factory can take a locale as an argument, to return localized data. If no localized provider is found, the factory falls back to the default en_US locale.

from faker import Factory
fake = Factory.create('it_IT')
for _ in range(0,10):

> Elda Palumbo
> Pacifico Giordano
> Sig. Avide Guerra
> Yago Amato
> Eustachio Messina
> Dott. Violante Lombardo
> Sig. Alighieri Monti
> Costanzo Costa
> Nazzareno Barbieri
> Max Coppola

You can check available Faker locales in the source code, under the providers package. The localization of Faker is an ongoing process, for which we need your help. Please don’t hesitate to create a localized provider for your own locale and submit a Pull Request (PR).

Included localized providers:

Command line usage

When installed, you can invoke faker from the command-line:

faker [-h] [--version] [-o output]
      [-l {bg_BG,cs_CZ,...,zh_CN,zh_TW}]
      [-r REPEAT] [-s SEP]
      [fake [fake ...]]


  • faker: is the script when installed in your environment, in development you could use python -m faker instead
  • -h, --help: shows a help message
  • --version: shows the program’s version number
  • -o FILENAME: redirects the output to the specified filename
  • -l {bg_BG,cs_CZ,...,zh_CN,zh_TW}: allows use of a localized provider
  • -r REPEAT: will generate a specified number of outputs
  • -s SEP: will generate the specified separator after each generated output
  • fake: is the name of the fake to generate an output for, such as name, address, or text
  • [fake ...]: is an optional comma-separated list of field names to pass to the fake, such as ssn,birthday when the profile fake is used


$ faker address
968 Bahringer Garden Apt. 722
Kristinaland, NJ 09890

$ faker -l de_DE address
Samira-Niemeier-Allee 56
94812 Biedenkopf

$ faker profile ssn,birthdate
{'ssn': u'628-10-1085', 'birthdate': '2008-03-29'}

$ faker -r=3 -s=";" name
Willam Kertzmann
Josiah Maggio
Gayla Schmitt

How to create a Provider

from faker import Faker
fake = Faker()

# first, import a similar Provider or use the default one
from faker.providers import BaseProvider

# create new provider class
class MyProvider(BaseProvider):
    def foo(self):
        return 'bar'

# then add new provider to faker instance

# now you can use:
> 'bar'

How to use with factory-boy

import factory
from faker import Factory as FakerFactory
from myapp.models import Book

faker = FakerFactory.create()

class Book(factory.Factory):
    FACTORY_FOR = Book

    title = factory.LazyAttribute(lambda x: faker.sentence(nb_words=4))
    author_name = factory.LazyAttribute(lambda x:

Seeding the Generator

You may want to get always the same generated data - for instance when using Faker for unit testing purposes. The generator offers a seed() method, which seeds the random number generator. Calling the same script twice with the same seed produces the same results.

from faker import Faker
fake = Faker()

> Margaret Boehm


Run tests:

$ python test


$ python -m unittest -v faker.tests

Write documentation for providers:

$ python -m faker > docs.txt




Faker is released under the MIT Licence. See the bundled LICENSE file for details.

0.5 - 16-Feb-2015

  • Localized providers
  • Updated ko_KR provider. Thanks Lee Yeonjae.
  • Added pt_PT provider. Thanks João Delgado.
  • Fixed mispellings for en_US company provider. Thanks Greg Meece.
  • Added currency provider. Thanks Wiktor ÅšlÄ™czka
  • Ensure choice_distribution always uses floats. Thanks Katy Lavallee.
  • Added uk_UA provider. Thanks Cyril Tarasenko.
  • Fixed encoding issues with README, CHANGELOG and Thanks Sven-Hendrik Haase.
  • Added Turkish person names and phone number patterns. Thanks Murat Çorlu.
  • Added ne_NP provider. Thanks Sudip Kafle.
  • Added provider for Austria de_AT. Thanks Bernhard Essl.

0.4.2 - 20-Aug-2014

  • Fixed setup

0.4.1 - 20-Aug-2014

  • Added MAC address provider. Thanks Sébastien Béal.
  • Added lt_LT and lv_LV localized providers. Thanks Edgar Gavrik.
  • Added nl_NL localized providers. Thanks @LolkeAB, @mdxs.
  • Added bg_BG localized providers. Thanks Bret B.
  • Added sl_SI. Thanks to @janezkranjc
  • Added distribution feature. Thanks to @fcurella
  • Relative date time. Thanks to @soobrosa
  • Fixed date_time_ad on 32bit Linux. Thanks @mdxs.
  • Fixed domain_word to output slugified strings.

0.4 - 30-Mar-2014

  • Modified en_US to ouput female and male names. Thanks Adrian Klaver.
  • Added SSN provider for en_US and en_CA. Thanks Scott (@milliquet).
  • Added hi_IN localized provider. Thanks Pratik Kabra.
  • Refactoring of command line

0.3.2 - 11-Nov-2013

  • New provider: Credit card generator
  • Improved Documentor


  • FIX

0.3 - 18-Oct-2013

  • PEP8 style conversion (old camelCased methods are deprecated!)
  • New language: pt_BR (thanks to @rvnovaes)
  • all localized provider now uses from __future__ import unicode_literals
  • documentor prints localized provider after all defaults
  • FIX tests for python 2.6

0.2 - 01-Dec-2012

  • New providers: Python, File
  • Providers imported with __import__
  • Module is runnable with python -m faker [name] [*args]
  • Rewrite fake generator system (allow autocompletation)
  • New language: French
  • Rewrite module __main__ and new Documentor class

0.1 - 13-Nov-2012

  • First release
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