JavaScript program to add padding to the start of a string

How to add padding to the start of a string in JavaScript using padStart:

JavaScript string has one method called padStart that can be used to pad a string with another string. We can provide a length for the final string and it will create a new string by padding the original string with another string.

In this post, we will learn how to use this method with examples.

Definition of padStart:

This method is defined as like below:

padStart(length, str)


  • length is the final length of the string. If the value of this is smaller than the string length, then it will return the string without making any change.
  • str is an optional value. This is used to pad the current string. If it is large in size, it is truncated from the end. By default, it uses space.

Return value of padStart:

This method will return the final string of length length with str added from the start.

Example of padStart:

Let’s take different examples of padStart:

const givenStr = "Hello";

console.log(givenStr.padStart(10, "*"));
console.log(givenStr.padStart(2, "*"));
console.log(givenStr.padStart(10, "123"));
console.log(givenStr.padStart(10, "123456789"));

It will give the below output:

  • For example 1, it added 5 blank spaces at the start of the string givenStr to make it length 10.
  • For example 2, it added 5 * at the start of the string to make it length 10.
  • For example 3, it didn’t make any change because 2 is smaller than the length of givenStr.
  • For example 4, it added 123 and repeated it till the length become 10.
  • For the last example, it added the string upto 5, and stops as it become 10.

padStart with negative value:

If you provide a negative number, it will not make any change to the string. For example:

const givenStr = "Hello";

console.log(givenStr.padStart(-10, "*"));

It will print:


Since, the negative number is always smaller than the length of the string, padStart will always return the string.

padStart with numbers:

If you want to use padStart with a number, you need to convert the number to string. We can use the toString() method to convert a number to string. It can then use the padStart method on the string returned by toString.

Let’s take a look at the below program:

const givenNumber = 544321;

console.log(givenNumber.toString().padStart(10, "*"));

It will add four * to the front of givenNumber.


Similarly, we can use it with slice to get one part of a string and add characters to the front.

const givenNumber = 8989989890909999;

console.log(givenNumber.toString().slice(12).padStart(16, "*"));

It will print:


JavaScript padStart example

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