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How do I find the length of a string?

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Contributed by vroom on Jan 11, 2000 at 23:27 UTC
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Answer: How do I find the length of a string?
contributed by vroom

length($string) returns the number of characters in a string.

$foo = "quux"; $foolen = length $foo; # in this case, 4
Answer: How do I find the length of a string?
contributed by w-ber

Since Perl 5.6, Perl has had Unicode support, which manifests itself as UTF-8 encoded strings. If you want to find out how many characters a string has, simply use length($string). It just works.

However, if, for some reason, you need to find out how many bytes a string uses (which may be different from how many UTF-8 characters the string has):

use bytes; my $len = bytes::length($string);

Unless you know what you are doing, better steer clear of the latter. Use the former. (See perlunicode for more information.)

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