# In MySQL, how can we pad a string with another string?

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MySQL has two functions namely LPAD() and RPAD() with the help of which we can pad a string with another string.

LPAD() function, as the name suggests, left pads a string with another string. Following is the syntax for using it in MySQL

#### Syntax

LPAD(original_string, @length, pad_string)

Here,

• original_string is the string in which we pad another string.
• @length is the total length of the string returned after padding.
• Pad_string is the string which is to be padded with original_string.

#### Example

mysql> Select LPAD('My name is Ram',22,'* ');
+--------------------------------+
| LPAD('My name is Ram',22,'* ') |
+--------------------------------+
| * * * * My name is Ram         |
+--------------------------------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

RPAD() function, as the name suggests, right pads a string with another string. Following is the syntax for using it in MySQL.

#### Syntax

RPAD(original_string, @length, pad_string)

Here,

• original_string is the string in which we pad another string.
• @length is the total length of the string returned after padding.
• Pad_string is the string which is to be padded with original_string.

#### Example

mysql> Select RPAD('My name is Ram',22,'* ');
+--------------------------------+
| RPAD('My name is Ram',22,'* ') |
+--------------------------------+
| My name is Ram* * * *          |
+--------------------------------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)
Published on 20-Feb-2018 08:26:12