Re: java.util.Random.nextInt() thread safety

Patricia Shanahan <>
Tue, 29 Aug 2006 03:19:26 GMT
Sakagami Hiroki wrote:


Is java.util.Random.nextInt() thread safe? I can't find whether it is
or not in the javadoc API document.

I want to use it like this:

import java.util.Random;

public class Foo {
  private static final Random rng = new Random();
  private final int myID = rng.nextInt();

  public int getMyID() {
    return myID;


Sakagami Hiroki

Time for one of my standard rants.

A long time ago, Sun noticed that programmers need to know the
multi-thread safety of functions they call, and devised a scheme
that is used throughout the Solaris documentation. The man page for each
Solaris system call or library function is required to directly state
the "MT-Level", in a fixed section of the man page.

Why, Why, WHY didn't Sun apply this sane, programmer-friendly scheme to
the Java documentation?

Indeed, I would like Javadoc to have a standard set of terms for the
multi-thread safety, and an option to warn if it is not stated.

Anyway, I've taken a look at the Random nextInt() code in 1.5. It uses
an AtomicLong for the seed, and does a compareAndSet to update it, so
all should be well.


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