# Matlab: convert array of number to array of strings

How can I convert [12 25 34 466 55] to an array of strings ['12' '25' '34' '466' '55']? The conversion functions I know convert that array to one string representing the entire array.

## Answers

An array of strings has to be a cell array. That said:

```s = [12 25 34 466 55]
strtrim(cellstr(num2str(s'))')
```

Using arrayfun together with num2str would work:

```>> A = [12 25 34 466 55]
A =
12    25    34   466    55

>> arrayfun(@num2str, A, 'UniformOutput', false)
ans =
'12'    '25'    '34'    '466'    '55'
```

Now after MATLAB 2016b, you can simply use

```s = [12 25 34 466 55];
string(s)
```

In MATLAB, ['12' '25' '34' '466' '55'] is the same as a single string containing those numbers. That is to say:

```['12' '25' '34' '466' '55']

ans =

12253446655
```

I need more context here for what you are trying to accomplish, but assuming you want to still be able to access each individual number as a string, a cell array is probably the best approach you can take:

```A = [1 2 3]
num2cell(num2str(A))
```

(Of course, you'd still have to remove the stray spaces from the ans)

Starting from R2016b there is also the compose function:

```>> A = [12 25 34 466 55]

A =

12    25    34   466    55

>> compose("%d", A)

ans =

1×5 string array

"12"    "25"    "34"    "466"    "55"'''
```

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