One-Click Generate & Copy Unique Names / UUIDs for Your Cloud Resources

If you spend a lot of time managing cloud infrastructure manually via the cloud provider’s web console, you often need to come up with unique names for your cloud resources. You probably have a naming convention in place for most cloud services that you work with, but when it comes to global services like Amazon S3, you must resort to unique alpha-numeric “generated” identifier strings for at least a portion of the resource name. This article provides a one-click generate & copy solution for such names. All you have to do is click & paste!

The idea is to place a bookmarklet in your browser’s bookmarks bar that contains a piece of JavaScript code that both generates the name & copies it to your clipboard so you can paste it right away. Here’s the code we’ll use:

javascript: (function () {
    function uuidv4() {
        return 'xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx'.replace(/[xy]/g, function (c) {
            var r = Math.random() * 16 | 0, v = c == 'x' ? r : (r & 0x3 | 0x8);
            return v.toString(16);

    function copy(text) {
        var input = document.createElement('input'); = 'fixed'; = 0;
        input.value = text;

    var prefix = 'prefix';
    var suffix = 'suffix';
    copy(prefix + '-' + uuidv4() + '-' + suffix);

This code generates a UUID, adds a prefix & suffix to it, & copies it to the clipboard. Here’s a sample:


You can change or remove the prefix and/or suffix, or if you don’t need the entire UUID, just use a portion of it. Once you have the script ready, create a new bookmark in your browser & paste in the JavaScript code. Now, whenever you need a unique name, just click the bookmarklet & paste the name.