PHP: mt_rand() function


The mt_rand() function is used to generate a random integer using the Mersenne Twister algorithm.


(PHP 4 and above)


mt_rand( minv, maxv )


Name Description Required /
minv Lowest value to be returned.
Default : 0
Optional Integer
maxv Highest value to be returned.
Default: mt_getrandmax())
Optional Integer

Note: If the function is called without the minv and maxv arguments mt_rand() returns a pseudo-random value between 0 and mt_getrandmax(). If you want a random number between 10 and 15 (inclusive), for example, use mt_rand(10, 15).

Return value:

A random number value between minv (or 0) and maxv.

Value Type: Integer.


echo(mt_rand() . "<br />");

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See also

PHP Function Reference

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PHP: Convert one date format into another in PHP

The second parameter to date() needs to be a proper timestamp (seconds since January 1, 1970). You are passing a string, which date() can't recognize.

You can use strtotime() to convert a date string into a timestamp. However, even strtotime() doesn't recognize the y-m-d-h-i-s format.

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PHP 5.2 and lower

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