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Random imgur pictures

Posted on 30th January 2012 by Sebastian

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.

Responses to.. Random imgur pictures

Mark posted on August 10th 2013

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


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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