# PowerShell Basics: How to Validate the Length of an Integer

Recently I fielded the following PowerShell question:

“*How do I make sure a variable, which is an int, is of a certain length?”*

Turns out it’s not too hard as the solution simply requires the use of a little regex. Consider the following example:

```
[int]$v6 = 849032
[int]$v2 = 23
$v6 -match '^\d{6}$'
$v2 -match '^\d{6}$'
```

$v6 is an int that is six digits long. $v2 is an int that is only two inches long. Lines three and four test to see if each variables match the pattern ‘^\d{6}$’ which is regex speak for “*start of the line, any digit, and six of them, end of the line*”. The first one will be true, because it’s six digits, and the second one will be false. You could also use something like ‘^\d{4,6}$’ to validate that the int is between four and six digits long.