Basic Usage

The typical process for using Mimesis involves importing the necessary provider, locale, and enums (if required). Next, create a provider instance and invoke the desired method with the appropriate parameters.

Consider the following example:

from mimesis import Person
from mimesis.locales import Locale
from mimesis.enums import Gender
person = Person(Locale.EN)

# Output: 'Antonetta Garrison'

# Output: 'Jordon Hall'

What did the code above do?

  1. First we imported the Person provider from mimesis. An instance of this class will serve as our provider of personal data.

  2. We imported the Locale object, which provides locale codes and must be used as a parameter for locale-dependent data providers.

  3. We imported the Gender object from the mimesis.enums module, which we use as a parameter for the full_name(). parameter for the full_name().

  4. Next we generate random female full name.

  5. The same as above, but for male.

Creating objects

If your app requires data in one particular language, it’s preferable to use class Generic(), giving access to all class providers through a single object, rather than through multiple separate class providers. Using Generic() will allow you to get rid of several extra lines of code.


from mimesis import Person, Datetime, Text, Code
from mimesis.locales import Locale

person = Person(Locale.RU)
datetime = Datetime(Locale.RU)
text = Text(Locale.RU)
code = Code(Locale.RU)


from mimesis import Generic
from mimesis.locales import Locale
generic = Generic(locale=Locale.EN)

# Output: 'sherley3354'

# Output: '14-05-2007'

Still correct:

from mimesis import Person
from mimesis.locales import Locale

p_en = Person(Locale.EN)
p_sv = Person(Locale.SV)

Also correct:

from mimesis import Person

person = Person(Locale.EN)
with person.override_locale(Locale.SV)

Importing individual class providers may be useful if you only need access to the data provided by that specific class. However, if you need access to a wider range of data, it’s recommended to use the Generic() class instead. This will allow you to access data from all available providers within the library.

What’s next?