Mysql Lpad Function

MySQL: LPAD Function

This tutorial explains how to use the MySQL LPAD function with syntax and examples.


The MySQL LPAD function returns a string that is left-padded with a specified string to a certain length.


The syntax for the LPAD function in MySQL is:

LPAD( string, length, pad_string )

Parameters or Arguments


The string to left-pad.


The length of the result after string has been left-padded.


The specified string to left-pad to string.


  • If string is longer than length, the LPAD function will remove characters from string to shorten it to length characters.
  • See also the RPAD function.

Applies To

The LPAD function can be used in the following versions of MySQL:

  • MySQL 5.7, MySQL 5.6, MySQL 5.5, MySQL 5.1, MySQL 5.0, MySQL 4.1, MySQL 4.0, MySQL 3.23


Let's look at some MySQL LPAD function examples and explore how to use the LPAD function in MySQL.

For example:

mysql> SELECT LPAD('', 18, 'A');
Output: ''

mysql> SELECT LPAD('', 19, 'A');
Output: ''

mysql> SELECT LPAD('abc', 6, ' ');
Output: '   abc'

mysql> SELECT LPAD('abc', 9, 'XYZ');
Output: 'XYZXYZabc'

mysql> SELECT LPAD('abc', 10, 'XYZ');
Output: 'XYZXYZXabc'