Generate a Safari style random password with ruby.

I like the passwords that the new versions of safari provide. One problem however, is not all sites allow it. Really? That’s annoying. I decided to create a simple ruby script that I can run from the cli (since I basically live on the cli anyway). It would also allow me to use this type of password for other things (database passwords for use with rails, etc..). I took a quick and dirty approach at first:

chars = %w[A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9]
rand_chars = []
1.upto(12) do
  rand_chars << chars.sample
  if{ |el| el != '-' }.size % 3 == 0
    rand_chars << '-'
rand_pass = rand_chars.join('')
puts rand_pass[0...-1]

That works, but I don’t know, there is probably a nicer looking solution.

chars = %w[A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9]
rand_chars = []
1.upto(12){ |i| rand_chars << chars.sample; rand_chars << '-' if i % 3 == 0 }
puts rand_chars.join('')[0...-1]

…better. Am I able to fit it within the viewable area of a Mou code block(96 characters wide)?

chars = 'ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789'.scan(/./)
puts chars.sample(12).join.scan(/.{3}/).join('-')

…why, yes I am. Am I able to get it down to one line?

puts 'ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789'.scan(/./).sample(12).join.scan(/.{3}/).join('-')

…yes, but not without breaking the 96 character width limitation. Another approach perhaps?

puts (('A'..'Z').to_a + ('a'..'z').to_a + (0..9).to_a).sample(12).join.scan(/.{3}/).join('-')

…that works for me! I enjoyed this little exercise. It wasn’t a test driven approach, it was more like code golf and had me think about things slightly differently each time.

Can you do better?

How I use it

Shameless plug warning!

I have my development environment setup a certain way. Since I work on different *nix machines, I needed a way to replicate it quick and easy. I am actually in the process of creating a ruby cli application. Its pretty bare right now, but I plan on creating a good readme, documentation, and more functionality soon. Check it out and give me some feedback.

Basically I make the script, which in my case lives in ~/developer/private/ruby executable.

Add a shebang #! line to the top of the file:

#!/usr/bin/env ruby

and chmod it:

chmod u+x safari_style_random_password.rb

next I symlink the executable to somewhere in my path and shorten it:

ln -s ~/developer/private/ruby/safari_style_random_password.rb ~/developer/bin/safari-pass

lastly, since I don’t want to have to copy from the terminal just to paste it where I need to use it I alias it to:

alias safari-pass="safari-pass | pbcopy"

Now I simply run safari-pass and the password is copied to my clipboard. I should I am on a Mac, to do this on linux you can probably just do:

alias safari-pass="safari-pass | xsel --clipboard --input"

…and I only say probably since I have not yet actually tried it myself.

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