UUID

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

A class that represents an immutable universally unique identifier (UUID). A UUID represents a 128-bit value.

There exist different variants of these global identifiers. The methods of this class are for manipulating the Leach-Salz variant, although the constructors allow the creation of any variant of UUID (described below).

The layout of a variant 2 (Leach-Salz) UUID is as follows: The most significant long consists of the following unsigned fields:

 0xFFFFFFFF00000000 time_low
 0x00000000FFFF0000 time_mid
 0x000000000000F000 version
 0x0000000000000FFF time_hi
 
The least significant long consists of the following unsigned fields:
 0xC000000000000000 variant
 0x3FFF000000000000 clock_seq
 0x0000FFFFFFFFFFFF node
 

The variant field contains a value which identifies the layout of the UUID. The bit layout described above is valid only for a UUID with a variant value of 2, which indicates the Leach-Salz variant.

The version field holds a value that describes the type of this UUID. There are four different basic types of UUIDs: time-based, DCE security, name-based, and randomly generated UUIDs. These types have a version value of 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively.

For more information including algorithms used to create UUIDs, see RFC 4122: A Universally Unique IDentifier (UUID) URN Namespace, section 4.2 "Algorithms for Creating a Time-Based UUID".

Public Constructor Summary

UUID(long mostSigBits, long leastSigBits)
Constructs a new UUID using the specified data.

Public Method Summary

int
clockSequence()
The clock sequence value associated with this UUID.
int
compareTo(UUID val)
Compares this UUID with the specified UUID.
boolean
equals(Object obj)
Compares this object to the specified object.
static UUID
fromString(String name)
Creates a UUID from the string standard representation as described in the toString() method.
long
getLeastSignificantBits()
Returns the least significant 64 bits of this UUID's 128 bit value.
long
getMostSignificantBits()
Returns the most significant 64 bits of this UUID's 128 bit value.
int
hashCode()
Returns a hash code for this UUID.
static UUID
nameUUIDFromBytes(byte[] name)
Static factory to retrieve a type 3 (name based) UUID based on the specified byte array.
long
node()
The node value associated with this UUID.
static UUID
randomUUID()
Static factory to retrieve a type 4 (pseudo randomly generated) UUID.
long
timestamp()
The timestamp value associated with this UUID.
String
toString()
Returns a String object representing this UUID.
int
variant()
The variant number associated with this UUID.
int
version()
The version number associated with this UUID.

Inherited Method Summary

Public Constructors

public UUID (long mostSigBits, long leastSigBits)

Constructs a new UUID using the specified data. mostSigBits is used for the most significant 64 bits of the UUID and leastSigBits becomes the least significant 64 bits of the UUID.

Parameters
mostSigBits The most significant bits of the UUID
leastSigBits The least significant bits of the UUID

Public Methods

public int clockSequence ()

The clock sequence value associated with this UUID.

The 14 bit clock sequence value is constructed from the clock sequence field of this UUID. The clock sequence field is used to guarantee temporal uniqueness in a time-based UUID.

The clockSequence value is only meaningful in a time-based UUID, which has version type 1. If this UUID is not a time-based UUID then this method throws UnsupportedOperationException.

Returns
  • The clock sequence of this UUID
Throws
UnsupportedOperationException If this UUID is not a version 1 UUID

public int compareTo (UUID val)

Compares this UUID with the specified UUID.

The first of two UUIDs is greater than the second if the most significant field in which the UUIDs differ is greater for the first UUID.

Parameters
val UUID to which this UUID is to be compared
Returns
  • -1, 0 or 1 as this UUID is less than, equal to, or greater than val

public boolean equals (Object obj)

Compares this object to the specified object. The result is true if and only if the argument is not null, is a UUID object, has the same variant, and contains the same value, bit for bit, as this UUID.

Parameters
obj The object to be compared
Returns
  • true if the objects are the same; false otherwise

public static UUID fromString (String name)

Creates a UUID from the string standard representation as described in the toString() method.

Parameters
name A string that specifies a UUID
Returns
  • A UUID with the specified value
Throws
IllegalArgumentException If name does not conform to the string representation as