PYTHON str_pad

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Python replacement for PHP's str_pad [ edit | history ]
# pad left
result = input.rjust(pad_length)
result = input.rjust(pad_length, pad_char)

# pad right
result = input.ljust(pad_length)
result = input.ljust(pad_length, pad_char)

# pad both
result =
result =, pad_char)

PHP str_pad

PHP original manual for str_pad [ show | ]


(PHP 4 >= 4.0.1, PHP 5)

str_padPad a string to a certain length with another string


string str_pad ( string $input , int $pad_length [, string $pad_string= " " [, int $pad_type= STR_PAD_RIGHT ]] )

This functions returns the input string padded on the left, the right, or both sides to the specified padding length. If the optional argument pad_string is not supplied, the input is padded with spaces, otherwise it is padded with characters from pad_string up to the limit.



The input string.


If the value of pad_length is negative or less than the length of the input string, no padding takes place.


Note: The pad_string may be truncated if the required number of padding characters can't be evenly divided by the pad_string 's length.


Optional argument pad_type can be STR_PAD_RIGHT, STR_PAD_LEFT, or STR_PAD_BOTH. If pad_type is not specified it is assumed to be STR_PAD_RIGHT.

Return Values

Returns the padded string.


Example #1 str_pad() example

str_pad($input10);                      // produces "Alien     "
echo str_pad($input10"-="STR_PAD_LEFT);  // produces "-=-=-Alien"
echo str_pad($input10"_"STR_PAD_BOTH);   // produces "__Alien___"
echo str_pad($input"___");               // produces "Alien_"