The length( Command

Command Summary

Returns the length of a string.

Command Syntax


Menu Location

This command can only be found in the catalog. Press:

  1. 2nd CATALOG to access the command catalog
  2. L to skip to commands starting with L
  3. scroll down to length( and select it

Calculator Compatibility


Token Size

2 bytes

This command is used to determine the length of a string. Unlike the dim( command for lists and matrices, it cannot be used to change this length, as there is no null character for strings (the null value is 0 for lists and matrices).


Keep in mind that the length is measured in the number of tokens, and not the number of letters in the string. For example, although the sin( command contains 4 characters ("s", "i", "n", and "("), it will only add 1 to the total length of a string it's in. The execution time for length( is directly proportional to the length of the string.

Advanced Uses

The code for looping over each character (technically, each token) of a string involves length(:

use sub(Str1,N,1 for the Nth character

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