Generat a Random MAC address

hexdump -n6 -e '/1 ":%02X"' /dev/random|sed s/^://g
Generate a random MAC address with capital letters

3
By: rubo77
2015-01-19 03:09:43

10 Alternatives + Submit Alt

  • Original author unknown (I believe off of a wifi hacking forum). Used in conjuction with ifconfig and cron.. can be handy (especially spoofing AP's) Show Sample Output


    17
    MAC=`(date; cat /proc/interrupts) | md5sum | sed -r 's/^(.{10}).*$/\1/; s/([0-9a-f]{2})/\1:/g; s/:$//;'`
    vaporub · 2009-02-16 07:09:43 2
  • Use the following variation for FreeBSD: openssl rand 6 | xxd -p | sed 's/\(..\)/\1:/g; s/:$//'


    15
    openssl rand -hex 6 | sed 's/\(..\)/\1:/g; s/.$//'
    putnamhill · 2010-09-23 02:31:12 0

  • 2
    od -An -N10 -x /dev/random | md5sum | sed -r 's/^(.{10}).*$/\1/; s/([0-9a-f]{2})/\1:/g; s/:$//;'
    unixmonkey12364 · 2010-09-23 00:15:30 1
  • Just increase the 1 at the end if you want to generate more than one. (Alternative to "| head -n N" you could use the -b flag of od: -b $[6*N] Show Sample Output


    2
    od /dev/urandom -w6 -tx1 -An|sed -e 's/ //' -e 's/ /:/g'|head -n 1
    karel1980 · 2011-05-16 15:05:34 1
  • Generates labyrinth-like pattern on UTF-8 terminal in bash. For fun ;) Show Sample Output


    2
    while ( true ) ; do if [ $(expr $RANDOM % 2 ) -eq 0 ] ; then echo -ne "\xE2\x95\xB1" ; else echo -ne "\xE2\x95\xB2" ; fi ; done
    tobi · 2015-01-17 12:46:37 3

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

You must be signed in to comment.

What's this?

commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.

Share Your Commands



Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.

» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu3
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu10

Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for: