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Random item selector

World's simplest list tool

This is a super simple browser-based application that randomly selects items from a list. By default, it selects one random item but you can also pick two, three, or more random items. The picked items don't repeat but in the options, you can enable or disable the repetitions of items. You can use any separators for the input list items and you can also remove empty items from being selected. Additionally, the output list of picked items can use any joining characters. Created by list geeks from team Browserling.
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Item Delimiter
The input item delimiters are matched by a character or a string (specify below).
The input item delimiters are matched by a regular expression (specify below).
Delimiting character (or string) or a regular expression.
Selector Options
Select this many random items.
Allow the same item to be selected more than once.
If the items have no symbols (have just whitespaces), then do not select them.
Picked Item Delimiter
Set the picked item joiner symbol.
Random item selector tool What is a random item selector?
With this online utility, you can randomly select one or more items from a list. The items of a list can be anything that you can type in the text format and they can be entered in any format. To separate each list item, you can use the input list delimiter option. Here, you can specify a character separator (for example, if the list is comma-separated, then it's a comma, or if it's semicolon-separated, then it's a semicolon) or a regular expression separator (for example, if there is both a comma and semicolon between the list items). When the items are separated, the program automatically extracts random items from the list and displays them in the output field. You can specify the number of items you want to pick in the options. You can also control whether you want the same item to be selected multiple times via the "Allow Repeated Items" option. Sometimes, lists have a bunch of empty elements in them (often as a result of copy/pasting from PDF documents), and to make sure no empty items are selected, there's an additional "Skip Empty Items" option. If more than one random item is selected in the output, you can re-format this list and set a new separator character that goes between the items. Listabulous!
Random item selector examples Click to use
Pick a Random Email
In this example, eight participants in a reader competition left their emails. We wanted to select one contest winner, so we split the vertical list of emails by the newline character and set the number of output items equal to 1. This way, we selected one winner, and it turns out it was our most loyal reader Zalgo.
supermario34@me.com sabrina_098@yahoo.com zalgocomes@gmail.com dragonViserion@mail.de sumgreen@msn.com yanggeek@live.com barneybear@att.net superspider@mac.com
zalgocomes@gmail.com
Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
The input item delimiters are matched by a character or a string (specify below).
Delimiting character (or string) or a regular expression.
Select this many random items.
Allow the same item to be selected more than once.
If the items have no symbols (have just whitespaces), then do not select them.
Set the picked item joiner symbol.
Select 3 Schools from a List
In this example, we needed to select three schools to participate in a grant. To make sure our selection wasn't biased and no school had an advantage over any other school, we used our random selection algorithm. Our algorithm gives each item in a list an equal chance of winning. As the school names are separated by a semicolon followed by a newline, we split them by the regular expression "/;\n?/g". We extract the three winners and display them in a column.
Asheville School; The Putney School; Episcopal High School; St. Andrew’s School; Phillips Academy; Church Farm School; St. Paul’s School; The Thacher School
Episcopal High School Phillips Academy St. Paul’s School
Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
The input item delimiters are matched by a regular expression (specify below).
Delimiting character (or string) or a regular expression.
Select this many random items.
Allow the same item to be selected more than once.
If the items have no symbols (have just whitespaces), then do not select them.
Set the picked item joiner symbol.
Pick Four Random Phone Numbers
In this example, we're working with a list of phone numbers and we pick four random numbers from it. The numbers are separated by a comma plus a space but the list is dirty and there are many extra commas in it. To make sure we don't select empty phone numbers, we use the "Skip Empty Items" option. As we don't require unique list items in the output, we also activate the "Allow Repeated Items" option so that the same phone number can be picked several times.
(920)871-8689, (795)554-144, , , (370)621-2104, (301)930-0233, (333)260-6063, (317)223-1375, (943)782-1138, , , (659)605-7424
(943)782-1138; (943)782-1138; (317)223-1375; (795)554-144
Required options
These options will be used automatically if you select this example.
The input item delimiters are matched by a character or a string (specify below).
Delimiting character (or string) or a regular expression.
Select this many random items.
Allow the same item to be selected more than once.
If the items have no symbols (have just whitespaces), then do not select them.
Set the picked item joiner symbol.
Pro tips Master online list tools
You can pass input to this tool via ?input query argument and it will automatically compute output. Here's how to type it in your browser's address bar. Click to try!
https://onlinelisttools.com/randomly-select-item?input=supermario34%40me.com%0Asabrina_098%40yahoo.com%0Azalgocomes%40gmail.com%0AdragonViserion%40mail.de%0Asumgreen%40msn.com%0Ayanggeek%40live.com%0Abarneybear%40att.net%0Asuperspider%40mac.com&string-separator=true&input-separator=%5Cn&count=1&join-character=%5Cn&with-repetitions=false&skip-empty-items=false
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Quickly shuffle list items and make it random.
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Quickly remove the symbol that separates list items.
Quickly change list item delimiters to the same symbol.
Quickly remove items from the beginning or end of a list.
Quickly join all items of a list together.
Quickly create groups of multiple list items.
Quickly extract a part of a list.
Quickly remove all empty items from a list.
Quickly remove whitespace characters around list items.
Quickly create multiple copies of a list.
Quickly rotate list items to the left or right (or up and down).
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Quickly wrap all list items in quotes.
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Quickly add text on the left and right sides of all list items.
Quickly remove text from the left and right sides of all list items.
Quickly prepend a prefix before each list item.
Quickly delete any prefix from the beginning of all list items.
Quickly append a suffix after each list item.
Quickly delete any suffix from the end of all list items.
Quickly add or remove list items to make it a certain length.
Quickly create multiple columns from a single list.
Quickly create a palindromic list from the given list.
Quickly add new items at the beginning or end of a list.
Quickly left-pad a list with one or more items.
Quickly right-pad a list with one or more items.
Quickly remove items that repeat in a list.
Quickly apply a filter on all list items (extract certain items).
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Find Certain List Items
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Find Repeating List Items
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Delete Unique List Items
Quickly find and remove items that are unique in a list.
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Shift List Items
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Compare Two Lists
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Compare Three Lists
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Remove One List from Another
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Find Common Items in Lists
Find items that are shared between two or more lists.
Find Distinct Items in Lists
Find items that are unique in two or more lists.
Zip Two Lists
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Unzip Two Lists
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Merge Two Lists
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Pair List Items
Create pairs from all list items.
Pop List Items
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Push List Items
Add new items at the end of a list.
Splice a List
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Flatten a List
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Make List Items Title Case
Quickly change the letter case of all items to title case.
Make List Items Proper Case
Quickly change the letter case of all items to proper case.
Make List Items Random Case
Quickly randomly change the letter case of all items.
Make List Items Lowercase
Quickly change the letter case of all items to small letters.
Make List Items Uppercase
Quickly change the letter case of all items to capital letters.
Remove List Item Counter
Quickly remove any numeration from a list of items.
Create the Empty List
Generate a list with no items.
Visualize a List
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Create a List Cloud
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Create a Spiral List
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Create a ZigZag List
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Add Errors to a List
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Base64-decode a List
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Convert any list to URL encoding.
URL-decode a List
Convert any list from URL encoding back to a list.
Convert a List to JSON
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Convert JSON to a List
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Convert a List to XML
Create an XML document from a list.
Convert XML to a List
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Convert a List to YAML
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Convert YAML to a List
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Convert a Text List to a Binary List
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