String.Length Property


The .NET API Reference documentation has a new home. Visit the .NET API Browser on to see the new experience.

Gets the number of characters in the current String object.

Namespace:   System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public int Length { get; }

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.

using System;
using System.Text;

public class StringClassTest
   public static void Main()
      string characters = "abc\u0000def";
      Console.WriteLine(characters.Length);    // Displays 7

The following example demonstrates the Length property.

using System;

class Sample 
    public static void Main() 
       string str = "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);

       int length = str.Length;
       Console.WriteLine("3) The length of '{0}' is {1}", str, length);
// 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

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
Return to top