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Javascript to trim leading 0 (zero) from text input fields


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I need to trim leading 0 (zero) from text input fields


Use the Javascript substr() function, or just copy trimNumber() from below.

<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">
function trimNumber(s) {
  while (s.substr(0,1) == '0' && s.length>1) { s = s.substr(1,9999); }
  return s;

var s = '00123';
alert(s + '=' + trimNumber(s));

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2007-04-10, 09:55:59
[hidden] from United States  
would this 'trimnumber()' function affect the origional variable 's' or would it just return a new value without the zeros in front
2007-08-29, 07:50:04
anonymous from United States  
A pretty nice script, elegant... One little modification... the javascript 'substr' has an overload that allows one parameter (the start position). If you don't specify the number of characters it will read to the end of the string (even if the string is 10,001 characters long, which yours wont do).
2007-09-10, 09:17:32
anonymous from Canada  
it is really helpful
2007-09-10, 21:51:30
anonymous from United States  
would this 'trimnumber()' function affect the original variable 's' or would it just return a new value without the zeros in front
2008-01-09, 06:15:16
anonymous from United Kingdom  
2008-03-01, 13:48:54
anonymous from United States  
How about using Regular Expressions instead:

function trimNumber(s) {
return s.replace(/^0+/, '');

Same result with no looping. The original value of s is not affected by either function.
2008-03-05, 13:53:18
anonymous from United States  
how about
function trimNumber(s) {
return s * 1;
2008-04-23, 07:49:36
anonymous from United States  
function trimNumber(s) {
return s * 1;

does not work for decimal number. 1.00 * 1 = 1
2008-09-18, 06:20:43
Ed from Ireland  
Hi there,
I need to do the opposite, I have a 3 char field in which I only want the user to input numbers and if he only inputs a 1 or 2 digits, add the leading 0, any suggestions?
Thanks in advance

2008-11-19, 14:22:23
anonymous from United Kingdom  
I found simply multiplying the number by one worked, e.g. when you've got '08' and you want just '8':

var myHour = '08';

myHourNoZeros = myHour*1;

don't know if this works everywhere...
2010-03-03, 17:24:59
anonymous from United States  
you can also use parseInt


parseInt('08', 10);

returns 8

Note, the second parameter to parseInt sets the base to decimal, if you do not include it parseInt will incorrectly parse the string.
2012-03-07, 10:02:58 from Argentina  
Why don't you just multiply it by 1?

var sNumber = '000010';
var lNumber = sNumber * 1;
// lNumber will be 10
2012-09-11, 03:22:58
anonymous from Netherlands  
function roundNumber(num, dec) {
var r = (Math.round(Math.round(num * Math.pow(10, dec + 1)) / Math.pow(10, 1)) / Math.pow(10, dec)) * 1;
return r;

this function rounds number to whatever decimal you give to round it to, plus * 1 to remove leading 0's ... the '10' mulitple times in the function to set it to the decimal system



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