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Random imgur pictures

Posted on 30th January 2012 by Sebastian
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You may already know imgur, an image host you can use freely for whatever you please.

An interesting fact about them, however, is that each picture given a name consisting of only 5 alphanumerical characters. This leaves for roughly 916 million different names. As it turns out, there appears to be around 90 million uploaded images[1], which means that if we randomly guess a name for a file, we have an about 1 in 10 chance of actually finding an image.

Those odds are pretty good, so I wrote a small application which does just that.

Download the latest version here (or get the source code directly from github)

Screenshot of Random imgur v1.0.0.0

It’s written in F#, so you’ll need the F# Runtime 2.0 installed for the program to run, but apart from that it requires no installation: Simply run the .exe-file to use the program.

Credit goes to whomever wrote this script for inspiring me to create an improved version.

Enjoy finding random strange images!

  1. [1] Rough estimate based on empirical observations.



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Mark posted on August 10th 2013

Very interesting program. Just noting that I’m seeing Imgur files using seven characters now.



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Indeed. There is an option in the options menu to use new (i.e. 7 character) ids, but you probably won’t have much luck with these, since you’ll have a very low probability of finding anything compared to the old ids. You do have the possibility of trying if you’re up for it, though. :)



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