Combine strings



str = append(str1,...,strN) combines the text from str1,...,strN. Each input argument can be a string array, a character vector, or a cell array of character vectors.

  • If any input is a string array, then the output is a string array.

  • If any input is a cell array, and none are string arrays, then the output is a cell array of character vectors.

  • If all inputs are character vectors, then the output is a character vector.

Unlike the strcat function, append preserves trailing whitespace characters from input arguments of all data types.


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Create two strings.

str1 = "Good";
str2 = "Morning";

Combine them using the append function.

str = append(str1,str2)
str = 

To add a space between the input strings, specify a space character as another input argument.

str = append(str1,' ',str2)
str = 
"Good Morning"

As an alternative, you can use the plus operator to combine strings.

str = str1 + ' ' + str2
str = 
"Good Morning"

However, the best practice is to use append when you do not know whether the input arguments are strings, character vectors, or cell arrays of character vectors.

Create two character vectors, with the first character vector having a trailing whitespace character.

chr1 = 'Hello ';
chr2 = 'World';

Combine them into one character vector.

chr3 = append(chr1,chr2)
chr3 = 
'Hello World'

The append function always preserves trailing whitespace characters, unlike the strcat function. (strcat removes trailing whitespace characters from character vectors.)

chr4 = strcat(chr1,chr2)
chr4 = 

You can combine string arrays or cell arrays of character vectors, element by element. Also, you can append a single piece of text to the elements of an input array.

Create an array of file names.

names = ["data" "report" "slides"]
names = 1x3 string
    "data"    "report"    "slides"

Create an array of file extension names, with a different extension for each element of names.

ext = [".xlsx" ".docx" ".pptx"]
ext = 1x3 string
    ".xlsx"    ".docx"    ".pptx"

Combine the file names and extensions.

str1 = append(names,ext)
str1 = 1x3 string
    "data.xlsx"    "report.docx"    "slides.pptx"

To append the same extension to each name, use a character vector or a string scalar.

str2 = append(names,'.mat')
str2 = 1x3 string
    "data.mat"    "report.mat"    "slides.mat"

The append function supports implicit expansion of arrays. For example, you can combine strings from a column vector and a row vector to form a two-dimensional string array.

Create a column vector of strings. Then create a row vector.

str1 = ["A";"B";"C"]
str1 = 3x1 string

str2 = ["1" "2" "3" "4"]
str2 = 1x4 string
    "1"    "2"    "3"    "4"

Combine str1 and str2.

str = append(str1,str2)
str = 3x4 string
    "A1"    "A2"    "A3"    "A4"
    "B1"    "B2"    "B3"    "B4"
    "C1"    "C2"    "C3"    "C4"

Input Arguments

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Input text, specified as string arrays, character vectors, or cell arrays of character vectors.

The append function supports input arguments that have compatible sizes.

String arrays and cell arrays of character vectors have compatible sizes if, for each dimension, one of these conditions is true:

  • The lengths of that dimension are equal for all arrays.

  • For one or more arrays, the length of that dimension is equal to 1. For the other arrays, the lengths are not equal to 1 but are equal to each other.

Character vectors are always compatible with all other input arguments. You can always append a character vector to another character vector, or to the elements of a string array or cell array of character vectors.

For more information on combining arrays with compatible sizes, see Compatible Array Sizes for Basic Operations.

Introduced in R2019a