# table.Count

number table.Count( table tbl )

# Description

Counts the amount of keys in a table. This should only be used when a table is not numerically and sequentially indexed. For those tables, consider the length (#) operator.

If you only want to test if the table is empty or not, use table.IsEmpty instead as it is a lot faster.

# Arguments

1 table tbl
The table to count the keys of.

# Returns

1 number
The number of keyvalue pairs. This includes non-numeric and non-sequential keys, unlike the length (#) operator.

## Example

There are 4 keys in this table. So it will output "4"

local Table = { A = "1", B = "2", C = "3", D = "4" } print( table.Count( Table ) )
Output:
4

## Example

Difference between the length (#) operator and this function.

The length (#) operator is generally considered faster, but has limitations.

local Table = { A = "1", B = "2", C = "3", D = "4" } print( table.Count( Table ), #Table ) -- #Table will return 0 because the table contains no numeric keys local Table2 = { "test1", "test2", "test3" } -- 1 = "test1", 2 = "test2" print( table.Count( Table2 ), #Table2 ) -- Both will be 3 Table2[ 5 ] = "test5" -- Insert a new value at index 5, so index 4 does not exist -- table.Count here will return correct value, #Table2 will return 3 because -- the new value is non sequential ( there is nothing at index 4 ) print( table.Count( Table2 ), #Table2 )
Output:
4 0 3 3 4 3