Pad a number with leading zeros in JavaScript


function padToFour(number) {
  if (number<=9999) { number = ("000"+number).slice(-4); }
  return number;

Something like that?

Bonus incomprehensible-but-slicker single-line ES6 version:

let padToFour = number => number <= 9999 ? ("000"+number).slice(-4) : number;


  • let is a block scoped variable (as opposed to var’s functional scoping)
  • => is an arrow function that among other things replaces function and is prepended by its parameters
  • If a arrow function takes a single parameter you can omit the parentheses (hence number =>)
  • If an arrow function body has a single line that starts with return you can omit the braces and the return keyword and simply use the expression
  • To get the function body down to a single line I cheated and used a ternary expression

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How can I create a Zerofilled value using JavaScript?

In JavaScript, I need to have padding.

For example, if I have the number 9, it will be "0009". If I have a number of say 10, it will be "0010". Notice how it will always contain four digits.

One way to do this would be to subtract the number minus 4 to get the number of 0s I need to put.

Is there was a slicker way of doing this?

You could do something like this:

function pad ( num, size ) {
  return ( Math.pow( 10, size ) + ~~num ).toString().substring( 1 );

Edit: This was just a basic idea for a function, but to add support for larger numbers (as well as invalid input), this would probably be better:

function pad ( num, size ) {
  if (num.toString().length >= size) return num;
  return ( Math.pow( 10, size ) + Math.floor(num) ).toString().substring( 1 );

This does 2 things:

  1. If the number is larger than the specified size, it will simply return the number.
  2. Using Math.floor(num) in place of ~~num will support larger numbers.

For fun, instead of using a loop to create the extra zeros:

function zeroPad(n,length){
  var s=n+"",needed=length-s.length;
  if (needed>0) s=(Math.pow(10,needed)+"").slice(1)+s;
  return s;

Funny, I recently had to do this.

function padDigits(number, digits) {
    return Array(Math.max(digits - String(number).length + 1, 0)).join(0) + number;

Use like:

padDigits(9, 4);  // "0009"
padDigits(10, 4); // "0010"
padDigits(15000, 4); // "15000"

Not beautiful, but effective.