# LENGTH function in Oracle

LENGTH is one of the vital string/char functions of Oracle. It is used to get the length of a string. The LENGTH function is supported in the various versions of the Oracle/PLSQL, including, Oracle 12c, Oracle 11g, Oracle 10g, Oracle 9i and Oracle 8i.

Syntax:

LENGTH ( string )


Parameters:
string: It is used to specify the string whose length needs to get.

Example 1:

LENGTH (NULL)

Output:

NULL


Explanation:
There is no string passed hence the result is NULL.

Example 2:

LENGTH (‘’)

Output:

NULL


Explanation:
There is no string passed hence the result is NULL.

Example 3:

LENGTH (‘ ’)

Output:

1


Explanation:
The SPACE is passed as a string hence the length is 1.

Example 3:

LENGTH (‘HELLO WORLD’)

Output:

11


Explanation:
The total number of characters including the SPACE is 11 and so is the result..