How to Pad a Number with Zeros + Simple Counter

At some point using Actionscript you may need to display a number that must always occupy a predetermined number of character spaces. An example would be a rolling game timer with a 5 digit display. For example, when the timer hits 33 seconds, the digits would display like so: 0 0 0 3 3

It is very simple to pad your number to whatever length of characters you would like.

package com.frigidfish.utils{

public class PadZero {

public static function convert(inputNumber:Number,numberOfDigits:int):String {

var paddedString:String=inputNumber.toString();
while (paddedString.length < numberOfDigits) {
paddedString = "0" + paddedString;
return paddedString;

Save this as3 class to a folder relative to your flash document /com/frigidfish/utils/

Here is an example usage:

import com.frigidfish.utils.PadZero;

// traces 00033

I use this little converter all the time with customized timers and counters.

If you would like a simple example of a timer, you could do something like this:

// Simple Counter
// Add 4 text boxes to the stage.
// Name their instances from left to right:
// digit0, digit1, digit2, digit3

import com.frigidfish.utils.PadZero
import flash.utils.Timer;

var counter:int = 0;
var timer:Timer = new Timer(1000);
timer.addEventListener(TimerEvent.TIMER, addOne);

function addOne(event:TimerEvent):void{

counter ++;

if(counter &gt; 9999) counter = 0;

var t:String = PadZero.convert(counter,4);

digit0.text = t.charAt(0);
digit1.text = t.charAt(1);
digit2.text = t.charAt(2);
digit3.text = t.charAt(3);

You could make custom digits with your own artwork to spice up your timer. Have fun experimenting with Flash Actionscript 3!