# BASE function

The BASE function converts a decimal number into a text representation in another base. For example, base 2 for binary.

## Parts of a BASE function

`BASE(value, base, [min_length])`

 Part Description Notes `value` The number to convert into base. The value should be an integer greater than or equal to zero. `base` The base (or radix) to convert the value number into. The base should be an integer from 2 to 36. `min_length` (Optional) The minimum length of the text returned. If the minimum length value is greater than the number of significant digits in the result, the result is left-padded with zeroes until the total number of digits reaches significant_digits.

## Sample formulas

`BASE(255, 16)`

`BASE(A2, 2)`

`BASE(4095, 16, 6)`

## Notes

• Non-integer numeric argument values are truncated to an integer.
• Make sure that any calculations using the result of the BASE function take into account that it may be in a non-decimal base. Results are silently converted by Google Sheets. For example, if cell A2 contains 1111 (the binary equivalent of the decimal value 31), and B2 contains a formula such as "=A2+9," the result will be 11120, which is incorrect in binary calculation.

## Examples

This example converts the decimal number 255 to base 16 (hexadecimal):

 A B 1 Formula Result 2 =BASE(255, 16) FF

This example converts the number in cell A2 (decimal value 21) to the base given in cell B2 (binary):

 A B C D 1 Number Base Formula Result 2 21 2 =BASE(A2, B2) 10101

This example converts the decimal number 4095 to base 16 (hexadecimal) with a minimum length of 6 characters:

 A B 1 Formula Result 2 =BASE(4095, 16, 6) 000FFF

## Related functions

• DECIMAL: The DECIMAL function converts the text representation of a number in another base, to base 10 (decimal).
• BIN2DEC:  The BIN2DEC function converts a signed binary number to decimal format.
• BIN2HEX: The BIN2HEX function converts a signed binary number to signed hexadecimal format.
• BIN2OCT: The BIN2OCT function converts a signed binary number to signed octal format.
• OCT2BIN: The OCT2BIN function converts a signed octal number to signed binary format.
• OCT2DEC: The OCT2DEC function converts a signed octal number to decimal format.
• OCT2HEX: The OCT2HEX function converts a signed octal number to signed hexadecimal format.
• DEC2BIN: The DEC2BIN function converts a decimal number to signed binary format.
• DEC2OCT: The DEC2OCT function converts a decimal number to signed octal format.
• DEC2HEX: The DEC2HEX function converts a decimal number to signed hexadecimal format.
• HEX2BIN: The HEX2BIN function converts a signed hexadecimal number to signed binary format.
• HEX2DEC: The HEX2DEC function converts a signed hexadecimal number to decimal format.
• HEX2OCT: The HEX2OCT function converts a signed hexadecimal number to signed octal format.