# Random numbers in JavaScript

- In JavaScript, most common way to get pseudo random values is from the
`Math.random()`

standard library function.- Returns 64bit float between 0 (inclusive) and 1 (exclusive).
- Not cryptographically secure.
- Available both in the browser and in the server environment.

```
> Math.random()
0.5392704424754013
```

- In case you would want a random number in a certain range, there is no standard library function for that. So you either need to do the range transformations by yourself or use some package/library.

## Random integer in range

```
/**
* Get random integer in given rangee.
* @param {int} min - Random number lower boundary (inclusive).
* @param {int} max - Random number upper boundary (inclusive).
* @return {int} Random integer.
*/
function getRandomInt(min, max) {
return Math.floor(Math.random() * (max - min + 1)) + min;
}
```

If you want to read more about how this range transformation works, I recommend this helpful Stack Overflow answer.

## Random float in range

```
/**
* Get random float in given range.
* @param {number} min - Random number lower boundary (inclusive).
* @param {number} max - Random number upper boundary (exclusive).
* @return {number} Random number.
*/
function getRandomFloat(min, max) {
return Math.random() * (max - min) + min;
}
```

## Cryptographically secure numbers

- In the browser world you have window.crypto.getRandomValues.
- In Node.js there is global.crypto.randomBytes.
- You probably should not do the range transformations by yourself as they can be error prone. I would recommend using some library for that.