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parse(string, options \\ [])

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parse(String.t(), Keyword.t()) ::
  {:ok, integer() | float() | Decimal.t()} | {:error, {module(), String.t()}}

Parse a string in a locale-aware manner and return a number.


  • string is any t:String

  • options is a keyword list of options


  • :number is one of :integer, :float, :decimal or nil. The default is nil meaning that the type auto-detected as either an integer or a float.

  • :backend is any module that includes use Cldr and is therefore a CLDR backend module. The default is Cldr.default_backend/0.

  • :locale is any locale returned by Cldr.known_locale_names/1 or a Cldr.LanguageTag.t. The default is options[:backend].get_locale/1.


  • A number of the requested or default type or

  • {:error, {exception, message}} if no number could be determined


This function parses a string to return a number but in a locale-aware manner. It will normalise digits, grouping characters and decimal separators.

It will transliterate digits that are in the number system of the specific locale. For example, if the locale is th (Thailand), then Thai digits are transliterated to the Latin script before parsing.

Some number systems do not have decimal digits and in this case an error will be returned, rather than continue parsing and return misleading results.

It also caters for different forms of the + and - symbols that appear in Unicode and strips any _ characters that might be used for formatting in a string.

It then parses the number using the Elixir standard library functions.

If the option :number is used and the parsed number cannot be coerced to this type without losing precision then an error is returned.


iex> Cldr.Number.Parser.parse("+1.000,34", locale: "de")
{:ok, 1000.34}

iex> Cldr.Number.Parser.parse("-1_000_000.34")
{:ok, -1000000.34}

iex> Cldr.Number.Parser.parse("1.000", locale: "de", number: :integer)
{:ok, 1000}

iex> Cldr.Number.Parser.parse "١٢٣٤٥", locale: "ar"
{:ok, 12345}

# 1_000.34 cannot be coerced into an integer
# without precision loss so an error is returned.
iex> Cldr.Number.Parser.parse("+1.000,34", locale: "de", number: :integer)
   "The string \"+1.000,34\" could not be parsed as a number"}}

iex> Cldr.Number.Parser.parse "一万二千三百四十五", locale: "ja-u-nu-jpan"
  "The number system :jpan is not known or does not have digits"}}