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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
Dim instance As String 
Dim value As Integer 

value = instance.Length

Property Value

Type: System.Int32
The number of characters in this instance.

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.

Dim charactersBuilder As New StringBuilder("abc")
Dim characters As String


characters = charactersBuilder.ToString()

The following example demonstrates the Length property.

' Sample for String.Length 
Imports System

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)
   End Sub 'Main
End Class 'Sample

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

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The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 2.0, 1.0

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0