Generate random numbers in C++

In this post, we will discuss how to generate random numbers in C++.


1. std::rand()

The most common and simple solution is to use rand() function defined in the <cstdlib> header which generates a random number between 0 and RAND_MAX (both inclusive). To generate a different value every time, pass a seed to the function srand(), which should be another random value, preferably a value representing the current time.


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2. C++11 – std::uniform_int_distribution

With C++11, several new features are introduced in the header <random>.

Below code uses std::uniform_int_distribution to uniformly generate random integer values between specified range distributed using a discrete probability function.


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Instead of using std::random_device, we can use the chrono library to obtain a seed for the random number engine mersenne_twister_engine.


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