I have the following code:-

string clientNumber = '019224';
List<Integer> integerList = new List<Integer>();

How do I iterate through the clientNumber string as if it was an array and load each value into integerList to obtain the following values?

integerList[0] = 0
integerList[1] = 1
integerList[2] = 9
integerList[3] = 2
integerList[4] = 2
integerList[5] = 4

5 Answers 5


You can use String split in combination with Integer valueOf: Also, extra checks may be added to ensure that each character is valid digit (thanks to @Novarg)

String clientNumber = '019224';
List<Integer> integerList = new List<Integer>();

List<String> client_digits = clientNumber.split('');
for(String s : client_digits) {
    Integer parsed_digit = safeParse(s);
    if (s == null) {
        // invalid character. Do something with it
    } else {

//Static Utility method
public static Integer safeParse(String input) {
    Integer result = null;
    try {
        result = Integer.valueOf(input);
    } catch (Exception ex) {
        // Log here if there is generic logging utility
    return result;
  • -1, no error management. This will throw an unhandled exception if an initial string contains any non-numerical character
    – Novarg
    Apr 5, 2017 at 8:13
  • I like the updated version more :) Changed to +1
    – Novarg
    Apr 5, 2017 at 8:30

oh well, I thought I'll add another possible solution. You can simply use regex and get out all non-numeric characters and then just split and cast it:

String testString = 'h3ll0 w0r1d';
String numericString = testString.replaceAll('[^0-9]', '');
List<String> stringList = numericString.split('');
List<Integer> integerList = new List<Integer>();
for (String s : stringList) {

Thanks to kurunve for pointing out my mistake in the original post

  • Unfortunately, it is impossible to case List<String> to List<Integer> by implicit casting. Unless that, it is a nice way to get digits from input string
    – kurunve
    Apr 5, 2017 at 8:50

You might consider the Pattern and Matcher classes here:

public static List<Integer> getDigits(String input)
    List<Integer> digits = new List<Integer>();
    Matcher m = Pattern.compile('\\d').matcher(input);
    while (m.find()) digits.add(Integer.valueOf(m.group()));
    return digits;

It's concise, simple, and avoids any need at all for error handling. I expect it actually performs pretty well comparatively, but I haven't profiled any of these approaches just yet.

Here are a couple test cases just via Execute Anonymous:



(0, 1, 9, 2, 2, 4)
(1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0)


You could use different String methods for that.

String clientNumber = '019224';
List<Integer> integerList = new List<Integer>();

String[] chars = clientNumber.split('');
for(String c : chars){
System.debug('<<integerList>> '+integerList);

14:03:25:004 USER_DEBUG [10]|DEBUG|<<integerList>> (0, 1, 9, 2, 2, 4)


convert string to integer. your answer here with example .

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let me know if this help you.

Happy to help You!

Thanks, Anshul sahu

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