str_length Function in R (Example)


This article illustrates how to return the length of a string with the str_length function in the R programming language.

The article contains these contents:

Let’s get started.


Example Data

First, we need to create a character string for the following example:

x <- c("my example string")       # Create character string

In preparation for the example, we also need to install and load the stringr package to R:

install.packages("stringr")       # Install stringr package
library("stringr")                # Load stringr package


Example: Application of str_length Function in R

We can use the str_length function as shown below:

str_length(x)                     # Apply str_length function
# 17

The output printed to the RStudio console is 17. In other words: Our string contains of 17 characters.

Note: The str_length function is very similar to the nchar function. You may also have a look at nchar in order to decide which function is better suited for you.


Video, Further Resources & Summary

In case you need more info on the R codes of this tutorial, you could watch the following video tutorial of my YouTube channel. In the video, I’m explaining the R programming code of this tutorial.


The YouTube video will be added soon.


In addition, you may want to read the related articles on my homepage. I have published numerous articles about the handling of character strings already.


This tutorial illustrated how to extract the number of characters in a string in the R programming language. In case you have additional questions or comments, please let me know in the comments section.


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