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Oracle/PLSQL: LPAD Function

This Oracle tutorial explains how to use the Oracle/PLSQL LPAD function with syntax and examples.


The Oracle/PLSQL LPAD function pads the left-side of a string with a specific set of characters (when string1 is not null).


The syntax for the LPAD function in Oracle/PLSQL is:

LPAD( string1, padded_length [, pad_string] )

Parameters or Arguments

The string to pad characters to (the left-hand side).
The number of characters to return. If the padded_length is smaller than the original string, the LPAD function will truncate the string to the size of padded_length.
Optional. This is the string that will be padded to the left-hand side of string1. If this parameter is omitted, the LPAD function will pad spaces to the left-side of string1.

Applies To

The LPAD function can be used in the following versions of Oracle/PLSQL:

  • Oracle 12c, Oracle 11g, Oracle 10g, Oracle 9i, Oracle 8i


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

For example:

LPAD('tech', 7);
Result: '   tech'

LPAD('tech', 2);
Result: 'te'

LPAD('tech', 8, '0');
Result: '0000tech'

LPAD('tech on the net', 15, 'z');
Result: 'tech on the net'

LPAD('tech on the net', 16, 'z');
Result: 'ztech on the net'