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Function: integer llGetListLength( list src );

Returns an integer that is the number of elements in the list src.

• list src


//Basic usage
        list testList = ["one", "two", "three"];
        integer length = llGetListLength(testList);
        llOwnerSay("There are " + (string)length + " entries in the list.");


Best Practices

When using list length to help you loop through a list, it is better to determine the length first, then start your loop:

integer length = llGetListLength(mylist);

integer index;// default is 0
while (index < length)
    llSay(0, llList2String(mylist, index));

The following example is to illustrate what not to do, it calculates the length in the "for" loop and is inefficient because the length gets recalculated at each pass through the loop. This should only ever be done if the list is in fact changing (in length) with each iteration of the loop[1].

integer index;// default is 0
while (index < llGetListLength(mylist))
    llSay(0, llList2String(mylist, index));
KBcaution.png Important: Please read this intro of how to iterate over a list in LSL.

LSO Optimizations

A faster and lighter (in bytecode) way to determine the length of a list is to do a not-equals compare with a null list. This works because the list not-equals compare returns the difference between the lengths, meaning that it returns the same result as llGetListLength(), minus the overhead in bytecode, and performance penalty of calling a non-native function. Note: This optimization is much less beneficial time-wise in Mono as Mono's llGetListLength function is almost twice as fast, however the bytecode saving is still about 30 bytes.

list in;
integer len_in = llGetListLength(in);
integer flen_in = (in != []);
//flen_in and len_in will be the same

integer neg_len_in = -llGetListLength(in);
integer fneg_len_in = ([] != in);
//fneg_len_in and neg_len_in will be the same

See Also


•  llListStatistics LIST_STAT_NUM_COUNT – Returns the number of integers and floats in the list
•  llStringLength Returns the number of characters in a string.

Deep Notes

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   Automatically optimise calls to llGetListLength(list) by replacing them with (list != [])


'linden\indra\lscript\lscript_library\lscript_alloc.cpp' @ lsa_cmp_lists
'linden\indra\lscript\lscript_execute\lscript_execute.cpp' @ list_list_operation


  1. ^ Recalculating the length is slow because the VM duplicates the entire list (including the values) when it is pushed on the stack (so it can be popped off the stack when the length is calculated).


function integer llGetListLength( list src );