Function format formats a string to include variables and other strings inside it.
This function name starts with a lowercase letter.
This function only supports upto 4095 characters.
This function doesn't support packed strings.

(output[], len, format[], {Float,_}:...)
string output The string to output the result to.
int len The maximum length output can contain.
string format The format string.
{Float,_}:... Indefinite number of arguments of any tag.

{{Addition|Format Specifiers|}

Specifier Meaning
%i Integer (whole number)
%d Integer (whole number).
%s String
%f Floating-point number (Float: tag)
%c ASCII character
%x Hexadecimal number
%b Binary number
%% Literal '%'
%q Escape a text for SQLite. (Added in 0.3.7 R2)

Return Values:
This function does not return any specific values.

The values for the placeholders follow in the exact same order as parameters in the call. For example, "I am %i years old" - the %i will be replaced with an Integer variable, which is the person's age.

You may optionally put a number between the '%' and the letter of the placeholder code. This number indicates the field width; if the size of the parameter to print at the position of the placeholder is smaller than the field width, the field is expanded with spaces. To cut the number of decimal places beeing shown of a float, you can add '.<max number>' between the '%' and the 'f'. (example: %.2f)

new result[128];
new number = 42;
format(result,sizeof(result), "The number is %i.",number);  //-> The number is 42.
new string[]= "simple message";
format(result,sizeof(result), "This is a %s containing the number %i.", string, number);
// This is a simple message containing the number 42.
new string[64];
format(string,sizeof(string),"Your score is: %d",GetPlayerScore(playerid));
new hour, minute, second, string[32];
gettime(hour, minute, second);
format(string, sizeof(string), "The time is %02d:%02d:%02d.", hour, minute, second); // will output something like 09:45:02
SendClientMessage(playerid, -1, string);
// A quite easy way to insert the literal percent sign (%) is by doing the following.

new string[35];
format(string,sizeof(string),"43%s of my shirts are black.","%%");

Related Functions
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  • printf: Print a formatted message into the server logs and console.