What is the equivalent of parseInt() (JS) or intval() (PHP) in Google Sheets?

I want to compute the sum of the numbers in a row in a separate cell. So if I had 3 cups and 5 cups in a row, I would get 18.

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    Do you mean "3 cups" and "15 cups", or am I missing something?
    – jonsca
    Mar 3, 2014 at 6:08

6 Answers 6


One way to implement something like this is


The result of this formula for some example strings is given below.

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You may have to modify this to suit your individual needs. It should work pretty well for strings as simple as "3 cups".

  • SPLIT(..., " ") splits a string into its space-separated parts. You can add more characters to the string, e.g. " -/", to split whenever those characters are found.

  • ISNUMBER checks if a string is a number.

  • FILTER takes the array and filters out everything that doesn't satisfy the second function, i.e., it takes out everything that isn't a number.

  • INDEX(...; 1; 1) returns the value in the first row, first column of the array (so we only get the first number listed, not all the numbers listed).

  • VALUE probably won't be necessary, but just for good measure it converts the final string into a numeric value.

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    So the answer is VALUE ... Mar 10, 2015 at 19:40
  • @IulianOnofrei No, VALUE raises an error ("cannot be parsed into a number") on all of the example inputs I gave in the answer. Mar 10, 2015 at 20:51
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    Sorry, I meant to say that VALUE is the answer to OP's first question and the title too. Mar 10, 2015 at 22:44
  • @IulianOnofrei I don't know JavaScript but that isn't how I understood the OP's question. Mar 11, 2015 at 1:40

Another alternative that works with cell containing cup or cups

=ArrayFormula(SUM(INT(LEFT(B1:B2,FIND(" ",B1:B2)))))

A parseInt() alternative is:




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The LEN(B1:B2)-5, includes a white space.




Seems a good use for regex. For example:

WA57716 example

where the formula in E2 is:


This strips all non numerics, concatenates the result with + and prepends =.

Copy/Paste/Paste values only that into, say, F2 (could be E2) then Replace = with =.



Another way is to use RegEx:


Use ; instead of , in countries where , is the decimal seperator (like in Germany).

  • This results in a non-number text output that do not work in formula or sorting. ISNUMBER() also returns false on this output Mar 1, 2023 at 23:37

User @6005 's answer was very close, except I needed to parse, for example 3km and it wouldn't work. So my solution is just to extract out all the continuous characters that can be part of a number: digit, ., -, and ,:



Note that it is a simple extraction as the regular expression of a valid number with plus and minus sign, thousand separator, decimal, can be quite complicated. See this post on StackOverflow and this post on O'Reilly.

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