Today we will show how you can use the **RANDBETWEEN** function of Excel to get any random integer between two given numbers.

**RANDBETWEEN Function in Excel (Quick View)**

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**Introduction to Excel RANDBETWEEN Function**

**♦ Summary:**

- Returns a random integer between two given numbers, called
**bottom**and**top** - The arguments can be both integers and fractions, but the output will always be an integer.
- Includes the arguments. (If they are integers).
- Is refreshed automatically. Each time you make any change to your workbook or worksheet, the return value will be changed.
- Available from Excel 2003.

**♦ Syntax:**

The syntax of the **RANDBETWEEN** function is:

`=RANDBETWEEN(bottom,top)`

**♦ Arguments:**

Arguments |
Required or Optional |
Value |
---|---|---|

bottom | Required | The lowest number between which you want the random integer. It can be an integer or a fraction. |

top | Required | The highest number between which you want the random integer. It can be an integer or a fraction. |

**Note:** The arguments can be either integers or fractions. But whether they are integers or fractions, the output will always be an integer.

**♦ Return Value:**

- Returns a random integer between two given numbers. Includes the
**bottom**and**top**arguments in case they are integers.

**5 Examples of Using RANDBETWEEN Function in Excel**

Here we will highlight 5 uses of the Excel RANDBETWEEN function with suitable examples. So, let’s start!

**1. Getting Random Integers**

Look at the data set below. We have the names of 10 employees of a company named Sunshine Group.

- Now we will provide each employee with an employee ID between 101 and 110. We can provide that using the
**RANDBETWEEN**function of Excel. First, we will enter this formula into each of the cells.

`=RANDBETWEEN(101,110)`

Here, the **RANDBETWEEN(101,110)** syntax returns a random integer between **101** and **110**.

See, we have inserted an **ID** between 101 to 110 for each of the employees.

**Note:** There is a problem here. We want the employee IDs to be unique, right? That means each of the 10 employees will have a unique employee ID between 101 and 110.

Using only the **RANDBETWEEN** function 10 times does not give any guarantee to provide 10 unique numbers. As we can see, in the image above, 106, 104, 102, and 107 have been repeated. We do not want that. To get the desired value, follow the below steps. You can use the combined formula of applying **INDEX,** **FILTER****,** **COUNTIF, RANDBETWEEN,** **ROW****,** and **ROWS** functions to get a unique employee ID for each employee randomly.

- First, fill up the first cell using a simple
**RANDBETWEEN**function.

`=RANDBETWEEN(101,110)`

- Then insert this complex formula in the 2nd cell.

`=INDEX(FILTER(ROW($A$101:$A$110),COUNTIF($B$5:B5,ROW($A$101:$A$110))=0),RANDBETWEEN(1,ROWS(FILTER(ROW($A$101:$A$110),COUNTIF($B$5:B5,ROW($A$101:$A$110))=0))),1)`

**Formula Explanation**

- Here I have used
**ROW(A101:A110)**because I want random numbers between 101 and 110. You use it according to your needs. For example, if you want random numbers between 101 to 200, use**ROW(A101:A200)**or**ROW(B101:B200),**and so on.

**B5**cell within the**COUNTIF**function is the first cell reference where I have inserted a number manually using a simple**RANDBETWEEN**You use your one.

- Then double-click on the
**Fill Handle**. You will find all the cells filled with unique random numbers from**101**to**110**, like this:

**Note: **The** FILTER** function is available in only **Office 365**. So, you cannot use this formula unless you are in **Office 365.**

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**2. Getting Random Dates **

You can also get any random date between two dates using the **RANDBETWEEN** function. Just put two dates in place of the **bottom** and **top** arguments instead of numbers.

- Look at the data set below. We have the names of 10 candidates selected for an interview in the Sunshine Group.

- Now we will enter random dates for their interviews in September 2021. That means the dates need to be between 1-September-2021 and 30-September-2021.

The formula will be:

`=RANDBETWEEN(DATE(2021,9,1),DATE(2021,9,30))`

**Formula Explanation**

**DATE(2021,9,1)**and**DATE(2021,9,30)**return the**bottom**and**top**values respectively, on**1-Sep-2021**and**30-Sep-2021**. See the**DATE**function for details.**RANDBETWEEN(DATE(2021,9,1),DATE(2021,9,30))**returns a random date between these two dates including these two.

See, we have got a random date for each of the candidates.

* Note: Here, we have the same problem as above. Some dates have been repeated. Like 12-Sep-2021 and 17-Sep-2021*.

We do not want that. We want a unique date for each of the candidates. How to do that?

No worries! We will accomplish this using a combination of Excel’s **INDEX, FILTER, COUNTIF, RANDBETWEEN, SEQUENCE, ROWS, **and** DATE** functions. Remember, the **SEQUENCE** function is only available in **Office 365**. Follow the below steps.

- First, fill up the first cell with a simple
**RANDBETWEEN**function.

`=RANDBETWEEN(DATE(2021,9,1),DATE(2021,9,30))`

- Then insert this complex formula in the 2nd cell.

`=INDEX(FILTER(DATE(2021,9,SEQUENCE(30,1,1,1)),COUNTIF($C$4:C4,DATE(2021,9,SEQUENCE(30,1,1,1)))=0),RANDBETWEEN(1,ROWS(FILTER(DATE(2021,9,SEQUENCE(30,1,1,1)),COUNTIF($C$4:C4,DATE(2021,9,SEQUENCE(30,1,1,1)))=0))),1)`

**Formula Explanation**

- Within
**SEQUENCE(30,1,1,1),**30 is the total number of dates within the interval. Here we have 1-sep to 30-Sep, a total of 30 days. You use your one. - The third argument
**1**within**SEQUENCE(30,1,1,1)**denotes the starting day of your interval. For example, if you start on 15 September, use**SEQUENCE(30,1,15,1).** - Within the
**DATE**function, 2021 and 9 denote the year and the month of the starting date respectively. For example, if you start in February 2022, use**DATE(2022,2,…)** **C5**within the**COUNTIF**function denotes the first cell reference where I inserted a date manually. You use your one.

- Then double-click on the
**Fill Handle**. You will see all the cells filled with unique dates from 1-Sep-2021 to 30-Sep-2021.

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**3. Selecting Random Data from a Table**

Now another case. Let us have a data set of the names and joining dates of 10 employees of the Sunshine Group.

Now the chief of the company has decided to throw a surprise party on the joining date of any of the employees randomly.

How can we select one randomly?

Easy! Just use this formula:

`=INDEX(B5:C14,RANDBETWEEN(1,10),2)`

**Formula Explanation**

**RANDBETWEEN(1,10)**returns a random integer between 1 to 10. Here we have used 1 to 10 because we have a total of 10 employees.**INDEX(B5:C14,RANDBETWEEN(1,10),2)**returns the cell content of the cell with the random row number and column number**2**(“**Joining Date**“) from the range**B5:C14**.

- See, we have selected a date randomly from the table.

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**4. Dividing into Groups Using the RANDBETWEEN Function**

Now, look at the data set below. We have a list of 12 countries qualified for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023.

- Initially, we will divide the teams into four groups, A, B, C, and D. You can use the
**CHOOSE function**of Excel in combination with the**RANDBETWEEN**function to accomplish this.

`=CHOOSE(RANDBETWEEN(1,4),"A","B","C","D")`

**Formula Explanation**

**RANDBETWEEN(1,4)**returns an integer between 1 and 4. We have taken 1 to 4 because there are 4 groups.**CHOOSE(RANDBETWEEN(1,4),”A”,”B”,”C”,”D”)**assigns one group to each of the teams based on the result of the**RANDBETWEEN**function.

See, we divided the teams into four groups.

But if you notice carefully, you will find there is a problem too. We want all the groups to have an equal number of teams, 3 in this case. But here we have got 4 teams in group D and 2 teams in group A. We do not want this. But no worries. We will solve this too. Follow the below steps.

- First, fill up the first cell randomly with the
**CHOOSE**function**.**

- Then insert this complex formula in the 2nd (
**C6**) cell.

`=INDEX(FILTER({"A","B","C","D"},COUNTIF($C$5:C5,{"A","B","C","D"})<3),1,RANDBETWEEN(1,COLUMNS(FILTER({"A","B","C","D"},COUNTIF($C$5:C5,{"A","B","C","D"})<3))))`

**Formula Explanation**

**{“A”,”B”,”C”,”D”}**are the names of my groups. You use anything according to your wish.- I have used
**COUNTIF($C$5:C5,{“A”,”B”,”C”,”D”})<3)**because I want each group to have 3 teams. You use it according to your needs. - Within the
**COUNTIF**function,**C5**is the cell reference of the first cell where I inserted the group manually. You use your one.

- Then double-click on the
**Fill Handle.**You will get all the cells filled with the groups, each group having 3 teams.

- Finally, you can use this formula anywhere other than
**Office 365**because the**FILTER**function is only available in**Office 365.**

### 5. Using RANDBETWEEN Function for Decimals

The **RANDBETWEEN function** returns integer outputs only. But you can combine it with the **RAND function** to generate random decimal numbers between two specified numbers.

- Apply the following formula in cell
**C5**and drag the**Fill Handle**icon below.

`=RANDBETWEEN(101,110-1)+RAND()`

- You need to subtract
**1**from theargument to keep the generated number within the specified limits.*top*

**Limitations of Excel RANDBETWEEN Function**

The output of the **RANDBETWEEN** function changes each time any other cell in the workbook or worksheet is changed. It may be any cell connected to the function or not.

- To solve this problem, you have to turn the
**RANDBETWEEN**outputs into normal text values before going to another task. - To do this, first, select all the
**RANDBETWEEN** - Then press
**Ctrl + C**on your keyboard. - And then right-click on your mouse. From
**Paste Options**, select

** **

- You will find all the
**RANDBETWEEN**outputs converted into text values.

**Common Errors with Excel RANDBETWEEN Function**

Error |
When They Show |
---|---|

#NUM! |
Shows when the bottom argument is less than the top argument. |

#VALUE! |
Shows when any argument is of the wrong data type. For example, when the top or bottom arguments are text values in place of numbers. |

**Conclusion**

Using these methods, you can use the **RANDBETWEEN** function of Excel to get any random integer between two numbers when necessary. Do you have any questions? Feel free to inform us. Please visit our **ExcelDemy** blog to explore more about Excel. Stay with us and keep learning.

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