# cm to inches (cm to in) | centimeters to inches

## Calculator Use

Convert metric units of centimeters to Imperial and US units of inches. If the number of inches is larger than 12 (12 in = 1 ft) the answer will include feet and inches with fractions if necessary. The inch symbol is
*in* or ", the feet symbol is *ft*, and the centimeters symbol is *cm*.

## What is cm to inches?

cm to inches is the conversion of length units from cm to inches. There are exactly 2.54 centimeters in 1 inch. To convert from centimeters (cm) to inches (in) divide by 2.54.

Divide cm by 2.54

cm divided by 2.54 is inches or

cm / 2.54 = in

### Explanation:

1 inch is equal to 2.54 centimeters. For conversions of units we say that there are 2.54 centimeters per inch and write it as 2.54 cm/in. To convert from centimeters to inches, divide cm units by 2.54 cm/in. Centimeters (cm) will cancel and we are left with inches (in) units in the answer.

Example: What is 18 cm in inches?

18 cm to inches is calculated here using division:

18 cm ÷ 2.54 cm/in

Divide through and cancel cm units

18 ~~cm~~ ÷ 2.54
~~cm~~/in = 7.086614 in

18 cm = 7.086614 in

Since we are dividing by 2.54 cm/in, that is the same as multiplying by 1/(2.54 cm/in) and 1 divided by 2.54 cm/in is approximately equal to 0.3937 in/cm. Therefore, the alternative calculation for converting centimeters to inches can be performed using multiplication instead as follows: (notice the slightly different answer since we approximated in/cm as 0.3937)

18 cm to inches is calculated here using multiplication:

18 cm × 0.3937 in/cm

Multiply through and cancel cm units

18
× 0.3937 in/*cm* = 7.0866 in
*cm*

18 cm = 7.0866 in

### Convert Metric units to Imperial and US units

Convert height of 144.5 centimeters to inches.

- Convert cm to in
- 144.5 cm × 0.3937 in/cm = 56.89 inches
- Alternately, 144.5 cm / 2.54 in/cm = 56.89 inches

## Inch

An inch is a unit of length and has the symbol *in* or *"*. Five inches can be expressed as either *5 in* or *5"*. The inch is a unit of length in the British imperial system of units and United States customary units where there are 12 inches in 1 foot. 1 inch is exactly 2.54 centimeters.

## Centimeter or Centimetre

A centimeter is a unit of length and has the symbol *cm*. The spelling centimeter is American while centimetre is the international spelling used by many other countries. The centimeter is a unit of length in the International System of Units where the meter (m) is the base unit of length. There are 100 centimeters in 1 meter and, 1 centimeter is equal to exactly 1/2.54 inches which is approximately 0.3937 inches.

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Last updated: August 14, 2023