Mysql Rpad Function

MySQL: RPAD Function

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


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


The syntax for the RPAD function in MySQL is:

RPAD( string, length, pad_string )

Parameters or Arguments


The string to right-pad.


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


The specified string to right-pad to string.


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

Applies To

The RPAD 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 RPAD function examples and explore how to use the RPAD function in MySQL.

For example:

mysql> SELECT RPAD('', 18, 'A');
Output: 'AODBA.comAA'

mysql> SELECT RPAD('', 19, 'A');
Output: 'AODBA.comAAA'

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

mysql> SELECT RPAD('abc', 9, 'XYZ');
Output: 'abcXYZXYZ'

mysql> SELECT RPAD('abc', 10, 'XYZ');
Output: 'abcXYZXYZX'