Sometimes I feel like I want to use some sort of URL which redirects to a random site on the Stack Exchange network for the purpose of discovering new, interesting and useful Stack Exchange network sites.

random.stackexchange.com does not exist

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    It should be easy enough to create that... alternatively, just pick something from the Hot Network Questions.
    – S.L. Barth
    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:32
  • Code highlight on Meta is pretty minor, no need to edit just to add it. Thanks for the efforts though! Apr 2, 2014 at 11:17
  • @ShadowWizard sorry I just love when everything works 100% correctly. though I will learn my lesson now, thank you for your effort too, sheriff -)
    – Bruno Gelb
    Apr 2, 2014 at 11:20
  • Actually I approved your latest edit, two others deemed it too minor. Apr 2, 2014 at 11:23
  • @ShadowWizard ye, I've already read the history of that edit. -)
    – Bruno Gelb
    Apr 2, 2014 at 11:25

3 Answers 3


Taking Sklivvz's advice I built a jsfiddle that will redirect you automagically to a random site.

Since the API call is "heavy" and limited, please don't run the below code too many times.

Let's cut to the slack!

The Random Stack Exchange™ Site Jumper Turbo is here:

var jumperDiv = $('#Jumper');
jumperDiv.html('Loading, please wait...');
$.getJSON("https://api.stackexchange.com/2.2/sites?page=1&pagesize=999&?jsonp=wrapperFunc", function(data) {
    $('#RemainingQuota').html('Quota remaining: ' + data.quota_remaining + '<hr />');
    var allSites = [];
    for (var i = 0; i < data.items.length; i++) {
        //don't take meta sites
        if (data.items[i]["site_state"] != "linked_meta")
function Jump(allSites) {
    var randSiteUrl = allSites[parseInt(Math.random() * allSites.length)];
    jumperDiv.html('<a href="' + randSiteUrl + '">Jump to</a> ' + randSiteUrl + '!');
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.9.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<div id="RemainingQuota"></div>
<div id="Jumper"></div>

  • wow! :) how to read the code of this jsfiddle? It auto-runs every time I click the link
    – Bruno Gelb
    Apr 2, 2014 at 11:00
  • @aspect_mkn8rd see my edit. :) Apr 2, 2014 at 11:06
  • JSFiddle broken here. Luckily there is still the code. Nov 7, 2016 at 15:06
  • @Pat yeah, weird. Maybe like imgur, they remove inactive fiddles. Using stack snippet instead now. Nov 7, 2016 at 15:12
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    @TheBitByte good point, done. :) Nov 7, 2016 at 15:19
  • @ShadowWizard It jumps sometimes to meta sites. Nov 7, 2016 at 15:34
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    @TheBitByte yeah, I don't filter the list... but I should. Thanks! Nov 7, 2016 at 15:35
  • What about grabbing all the sitenames until the quota is finished, filtering meta sites out, and having a "random site" button that grabs sites from that internal list and displays them? Nov 7, 2016 at 15:37
  • Or, a crazier solution, manually grab the names from the HTML of stackexchange.com/sites. Not sure how reliable that solution would be if the page changes or new sites are added to it, though. Nov 7, 2016 at 15:40
  • @TheBitByte can't do those, it's client side and can't read remote pages, only the API which provides JSONP. Nov 7, 2016 at 15:42
  • @TheBitByte that's what I was referring to, can't read the HTML of stackexchange.com/sites Nov 7, 2016 at 15:44
  • You mean stack snippets can't access remote pages? I guess maybe they're sandboxed or something. Nov 7, 2016 at 15:45
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    @TheBitByte any client side JavaScript code is restricted to read contents only of the same domain as the server where it sits, yes. Stack Snippets, jsfiddle, all of them. :) Nov 7, 2016 at 15:46

You can get the list of sites here as JSON:


(call without help page: http://api.stackexchange.com/2.2/sites)

From that, it should be a Javascript one liner...

$.get("http://api.stackexchange.com/2.2/sites?pagesize=1000", function(data) {

Well there is no such URL as of now, but the closest you can get to it is the All Sites url. You can randomly select a StackExchange site.

* To make it really very random, you can click on a random space in that page by closing your eyes ;)

  • perhaps I will write some js code for getting random url from this page. Thx!
    – Bruno Gelb
    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:37
  • @aspect_mkn8rd - Well yeah, that could work too :)
    – Rahul
    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:38
  • btw sir what's that letters in your nickname? Auto completion (after at sign) doesn’t seems to work on you, weird o_0
    – Bruno Gelb
    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:40
  • @aspect_mkn8rd - Since this is my post, you need not refer me using the @ symbol. SE has handled that. And regarding the special characters, well those are some unicode characters I picked up from the internet and on any other post which is not mine, but I've commented, you can very well use the @ symbol to address me. It works :)
    – Rahul
    Apr 2, 2014 at 9:42
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    @aspect_mkn8rd now you can use @, when you will press it the weird name will auto appear as its first character is special. Apr 2, 2014 at 11:07

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