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.NET Framework Class Library

String.Length Property

Gets the number of characters in the current String object.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)
Public ReadOnly Property Length As Integer

Property Value

Type: System.Int32
The number of characters in the current string.

The Length property returns the number of Char objects in this instance, not the number of Unicode characters. The reason is that a Unicode character might be represented by more than one Char. Use the System.Globalization.StringInfo class to work with each Unicode character instead of each Char.

In some languages, such as C and C++, a null character indicates the end of a string. In the .NET Framework, a null character can be embedded in a string. When a string includes one or more null characters, they are included in the length of the total string. For example, in the following string, the substrings "abc" and "def" are separated by a null character. The Length property returns 7, which indicates that it includes the six alphabetic characters as well as the null character.

Imports System.Text

Module Example

   Public Sub Main()
      Dim characters As String = "abc" + ChrW(0) + "def"
      Console.WriteLine(characters.Length)       ' Displays 7
   End Sub 
End Module

The following example demonstrates the Length property.

Class Sample
   Public Shared Sub Main()
      Dim str As String = "abcdefg"
      Console.WriteLine("1) The length of '{0}' is {1}", str, str.Length)
      Console.WriteLine("2) The length of '{0}' is {1}", "xyz", "xyz".Length)
      Dim length As Integer = str.Length
      Console.WriteLine("1) The length of '{0}' is {1}", str, length)
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample

'This example displays the following output: 
'    1) The length of 'abcdefg' is 7 
'    2) The length of 'xyz' is 3 
'    3) The length of 'abcdefg' is 7

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8