**NAME**

rand, rand_r, srand - pseudo-random number generator

**SYNOPSIS**

#include<stdlib.h>intrand(void);intrand_r(unsignedint*seedp);voidsrand(unsignedintseed);Feature Test Macro Requirements for glibc (seefeature_test_macros(7)):rand_r(): _POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 1 || _XOPEN_SOURCE || _POSIX_SOURCE

**DESCRIPTION**

Therand() function returns a pseudo-random integer in the range [0,RAND_MAX]. Thesrand() function sets its argument as the seed for a new sequence of pseudo-random integers to be returned byrand(). These sequences are repeatable by callingsrand() with the same seed value. If no seed value is provided, therand() function is automatically seeded with a value of 1. The functionrand() is not reentrant or thread-safe, since it uses hidden state that is modified on each call. This might just be the seed value to be used by the next call, or it might be something more elaborate. In order to get reproducible behavior in a threaded application, this state must be made explicit. The functionrand_r() is supplied with a pointer to anunsignedint, to be used as state. This is a very small amount of state, so this function will be a weak pseudo-random generator. Trydrand48_r(3) instead.

**RETURN** **VALUE**

Therand() andrand_r() functions return a value between 0 andRAND_MAX. Thesrand() function returns no value.

**CONFORMING** **TO**

The functionsrand() andsrand() conform to SVr4, 4.3BSD, C89, C99, POSIX.1-2001. The functionrand_r() is from POSIX.1-2001. POSIX.1-2008 marksrand_r() as obsolete.

**NOTES**

The versions ofrand() andsrand() in the Linux C Library use the same random number generator asrandom(3) andsrandom(3), so the lower-order bits should be as random as the higher-order bits. However, on olderrand() implementations, and on current implementations on different systems, the lower-order bits are much less random than the higher- order bits. Do not use this function in applications intended to be portable when good randomness is needed. (Userandom(3) instead.)

**EXAMPLE**

POSIX.1-2001 gives the following example of an implementation ofrand() andsrand(), possibly useful when one needs the same sequence on two different machines. static unsigned long next = 1; /* RAND_MAX assumed to be 32767 */ int myrand(void) { next = next * 1103515245 + 12345; return((unsigned)(next/65536) % 32768); } void mysrand(unsigned seed) { next = seed; }

**SEE** **ALSO**

drand48(3),random(3)

**COLOPHON**

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