Lorem ipsum generators have a love-hate relationship with designers, making them somewhat of a hotly-debated topic. Some designers believe in the “content is king” ideology so much they won’t even begin designing sites or apps without having content to build around.

Other designers love the boost dummy text gives them in their workflow. If you need to test how a web page or other particular design will look once it’s complete with text, all you need to do is enter how much text you need, click Generate, and voila! A sentence or entire paragraphs are ready for you within seconds.

Many designers also debate whether or not dummy text should be used in end products, such as a demo for a WordPress theme.

What is Lorem Ipsum?

Cicero, a Roman philosopher born in 106 BC and murdered in 43 BC, is credited with indirectly creating lorem ipsum. Cicero wrote many philosophical works, one of them being De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum, written in 45 BC. Lorem ipsum can be found in this excerpt:

Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt ut labore et dolore magnam aliquam quaerat voluptatem.

Latin professor Richard McClintock discovered lorem ipsum while reviewing this work. His theory of how it wound up becoming dummy text involves a typesetter needing to portray the different styles of different fonts sometime in the middle ages.

The typesetter wanted to use dummy text that couldn’t be deciphered so that the words themselves would have less of an affect on how the reader perceives the styles of the fonts. So, the typesetter used a page from De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum, scrambled the text and came up with what we now know as lorum ipsum.

It doesn’t make sense when translated in English, especially seeing as how “lorem” isn’t even a word on its own.

The use of dummy text grew quite slowly over the next few centuries and skyrocketed in the 20th century. Lorem ipsum’s popularity spiked in the 1960s, especially after a company called Letraset began producing font transfer sheets using lorem ipsum as a dummy text.

Lorem ipsum found itself being used in the first pieces of graphic design software 20 years later, solidifying its place in the world of design.

Best Lorem Ipsum Generators

We hope you enjoy this list of lorem ipsum generators. Some are what you’d expect while others are simply amusing.

1. Lipsum

Lipsum

Lipsum is one of the, if not the, most popular lorem ipsum generators on the web. It uses 200 latin words “combined with a handful of model sentence structures to generate lorem ipsum which looks reasonable.”

Lipsum Settings

You can generate lorem ipsum text using a specified number of words, paragraphs, bytes or lists.

2. Procato.com Lipsum

Procato.com Lipsum

The lorem ipsum generator at Procato.com is part of a complete set of tools this small site offers. The generator contains all of the usual settings you’d expect, but it also allows you to pick how long or short your paragraphs and sentences are as well as what sentence style they should use.

3. Lorem Ipsum Generator

Lorem Ipsum Generator

Lorem Ipsum Generator is a simple, you guessed it, lorem ipsum generator. You can generate dummy text by selecting the number of words you want, number of paragraphs or number of sentences. You can even choose to include paragraph, italic and bold tags if you need to add the text to a web page.

4. Blind Text Generator

Blind Text Generator

Blind Text Generator is another simple lorem ipsum generator, allowing you to generate several different types of text, including Cicero’s original work. Basic options include choosing the number of words or characters you want as well as choosing how many paragraphs you want and whether or not you want to use paragraph tags.

Blind Text Generator Advanced Options

Advanced options include several font options that allow you to generate a snippet of code you can paste directly in your stylesheet.

5. Not Lorem Ipsum

Not Lorem Ipsum

Not Lorem Ipsum is not a lorem ipsum generator, but it is a dummy text generator. It generates industry-specific dummy text, text submitted by members within those communities.

Not Lorem Ipsum Industries

The only drawback to using this generator is the fact that you cannot select the exact number of words you want nor can you decide how many paragraphs you can have or how long those paragraphs as well as the sentences within those paragraphs should be.

6. Bacon Ipsum

Bacon Ipsum

Bacon Ipsum is “a meatier lorem ipsum generator.” It allows you to select how many paragraphs you want, whether or not your text should be filled with “all meat” or “meat and filler,” and whether or not the text should start with “Bacon ipsum dolor amet…”

7. Samuel L. Ipsum

Samuel L. Ipsum

Samuel L. Ipsum is another comical lorem ipsum generator. It has three different versions: Classic Ipsum, which generates general lorem ipsum text, Slipsum Classic, which generates profanity-filled text and features the graphic of Samuel L. Jackson holding a handgun rather than a bouquet of flowers, and Slipsum Lite, which is pictured above.

8. Loripsum.net

Lorisum.net

The developers at Lorimsum.net created a “lorem ipsum generator that doesn’t suck” by offering features other generators don’t offer. This includes several different types of tags, lists and blockquotes. It also uses an API if you want to insert placeholder text in a piece of software you’re developing. It uses the entirety of De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum on top of it all.

9. Lipsum.pro

Lipsum.pro

Lipsum.pro is a simple lorem ipsum generator. It allows you to select how you would like your dummy text to be generated by using an aesthetically pleasing method. Don’t worry, though. The dummy text uses paragraphs and sentences of various lengths no matter which main way you choose to generate it.

10. Cupcake Ipsum

Cupcake Ipsum

Cupcake ipsum is an endearing lorem ipsum generator that uses cupcakes and other sweet ingredients and treats within its dummy text.

Cupcake Ipsum Settings

The settings are fairly basic, allowing you to select how many paragraphs you have and how long they should be.

11. Yet Another Lorem Ipsum Generator

Yet Another Lorem Ipsum Generator

Yet Another Lorem Ipsum Generator is a Chrome extension that enables you to generate lorem ipsum text on the fly. You just click the icon in your browser, select how many paragraphs you want and how tall they should be, and voila. You have dummy text copied to your clipboard.

12. FreeFormatter.com Lorem Ipsum Generator

FreeFormatter.com Lorem Ipsum Generator

FreeFormatter.com Lorem Ipsum Generator is a simple lorem ipsum generator. It generates a specified number of paragraphs in specified lengths and gives you the ability to use HTML markup if you wish. You can, however, also use Batman Ipsum or Pokémon Ipsum.

13. Fillerati

Fillerati

Fillerati’s motto is “faux latin is a dead language,” meaning it doesn’t generate what it considers to be generic lorem ipsum text. You can generate real text from real books written by famous authors.

14. Bob Ross Ipsum

Bob Ross Ipsum

Bob Ross Ipsum is a comical lorem ipsum generator filled with text that’s similar or identical to words and phrases used by Bob Ross in his oil-painting tutorial series The Joy of Painting.

15. Tuna Ipsum

Tuna Ipsum

Tuna Ipsum is another silly lorem ipsum generator that uses lists of fish and other creatures of the water in place of general lorem ipsum text. You’re only allowed to generate a certain number of paragraphs.

16. Khaled Ipsum

Khaled Ipsum

Khaled Ipsum is a very simple dummy text generator that uses real text based on the thoughts and ideology of American record producer and radio host DJ Khaled. It only allows you to generate a certain number of paragraphs.

17. Veggie Ipsum

Veggie Ipsum

Veggie Ipsum is “The Vegetarian Lorem Ipsum Generator.” It features lists of various vegetables rather than typical lorem ipsum text. It’s very basic and doesn’t allow you to control the text you generate.

18. Space Ipsum

Space Ipsum

Space Ipsum is a simple dummy text generator that generates space-related dummy text. It generates a specified number of paragraphs at various lengths.

19. Heisenberg Ipsum

Heisenberg Ipsum

Heisenberg Ipsum is a dummy text generator that generates either dummy text in latin or paragraphs of phrases and sentences various characters of Breaking Bad have said or would say. It allows you to generate paragraphs, words or characters while also allowing you to specify the number of paragraphs, words or characters you generate.

20. Tina Ipsum

Tina Ipsum

Tina Ipsum is a comical dummy text generator that generates text filled with phrases and quotes said by Tina Belcher of Bob’s Burgers. It allows you to generate paragraphs of various lengths and even add “extra sass.”

Final Thoughts

Hate it or love it, lorem ipsum is here to stay, and we hope you enjoyed this diverse list of the various dummy text generators that populate the web.

If you personally feel that content should have a huge impact on how a web page is designed, check out this article Marc Schenker wrote on how an About page should be designed.

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