Generate users v0.9beta

Release Notes

This plugin generates test users for your Elgg installation. Depending on options provided by the
administrator, generated users will have custom profile icons, friend relationships, messages sent
to each others, blogs, uploaded contents, and comments on blog entries and uploaded content.

This is a plugin for site administrators, ordinary community members will not benefit from it in
any way – it will only be visible in the Administration panel. If you are a community site owner,
and you can estimate the future number of potential members of your community, you can use
this plugin to “generate them” before going live with your site - and can make performance
measurements, checking the future load of your server. If you are a plugin developer, this plugin
will create a fake but lively community for you, with active members, messages, blogs, etc. – so
you can test your new plugin’s user interaction related functions.

This plugin should never, under any circumstances, be used on a live site already
having real users and an active community. If anything goes wrong during user generation,
there can – and probably will – be inconsistencies in the Elgg database (not to mention that you
probably don’t want fake users mixed with your real ones in a single installation). Worst case
scenario, you might have to drop the whole database
and install a new, empty Elgg
database from scratch. You’ve been warned.

Before enabling and using this plugin on your site, please please please read the enclosed manual (docs/manual.pdf).  Especially the "Warnings" and the "Direct database manipulation" sections.

You can check out the results of running this plugin with the default parameters at

Any questions that have not been answered in the manual are welcome.


  • Category: Tools
  • License: GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2
  • Updated: 2014-11-17
  • Downloads: 8006
  • Recommendations: 15

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