What is Sqids?

Sqids (pronounced "squids") is an open-source library that lets you generate short unique identifiers from numbers. These IDs are URL-safe, can encode several numbers, and do not contain common profanity words. Read more .

This is what they look like:



Python code is located at https://github.com/sqids/sqids-python

To encode & decode:

sqids = Sqids()
id = sqids.encode([1, 2, 3]) # "86Rf07"
numbers = sqids.decode(id) # [1, 2, 3]

Randomize IDs by providing a custom alphabet:

sqids = Sqids(alphabet="FxnXM1kBN6cuhsAvjW3Co7l2RePyY8DwaU04Tzt9fHQrqSVKdpimLGIJOgb5ZE")
id = sqids.encode([1, 2, 3]) # "B4aajs"
numbers = sqids.decode(id) # [1, 2, 3]

Enforce a minimum length for IDs:

sqids = Sqids(min_length=10)
id = sqids.encode([1, 2, 3]) # "86Rf07xd4z"
numbers = sqids.decode(id) # [1, 2, 3]

Read more at https://github.com/sqids/sqids-python

If you're looking for the original Hashids Python, you can find it here .

Why use them?

The main use of Sqids is purely visual. If you'd like to use IDs instead of numbers in your webapp, Sqids could be a good choice:

Use Cases

  • Link shortening Safe to use in URLs
  • Event IDs Collision-free encoding/decoding
  • One-Time Passwords Short & profanity-free

Not Good For

  • Sensitive data This is not an encryption library
  • User IDs Can be decoded, revealing user count


  • ๐Ÿ†” Generate short IDs from non-negative numbers
  • โœ… Easy encoding & decoding
  • ๐Ÿซฃ Auto-generated IDs do not contain common profanity
  • ๐ŸŽฒ Support for custom IDs through shuffled alphabet
  • ๐Ÿ˜ 40 programming languages (22 using new design)
  • ๐Ÿ“Œ Every version produces the same IDs
  • ๐Ÿป Small library with a permissive license

Example / Playground