Meters to Inches Converter

Use this converter to easily convert between Meters and Inches (m to in).

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  1. How many Inches in one Meter?
  2. Difference between Meters and Inches
  3. How to convert Meters to Inches
  4. m to in conversion table

    How many Inches in one Meter?

Since 1959 the inch is defined as equal to 2.54 centimeters. Since a centimeter is 1/100 of a meter, there are about 39.370079 inches in a meter. The internationally-accepted symbols are "m" for meter and "in" for inches, although sometimes double quotes can be used, e.g. 10" used to write "10 inches".

    Difference between Meters and Inches

There is a lot in common between meters and inches as they are both units of length, used to measure dimensions (height, width, length, depth) or distances between points. The meter is much larger than an inch is thus generally used to measure greater distances and larger dimensions, like the ones measured in feet and yards. The meter is also the base unit of the metric system, developed by the International Organization for Standardization (SI), and is defined as the distance light travels in 1/299,792,458 seconds in a vacuum.

The inch, on the other hand, is an old metric, with first evidence of its use occurring in the 7-th century and the oldest written definition that reach us is from England in 1324. It is usually defined as 1/12 of a foot and historically varied depending on how a foot is defined. Due to its smaller magnitude it is used to measure smaller dimensions and small distances, usually up to 10 feet.

The inch is mostly used in the USA, UK, Canada, and Japan, while the meter is an internationally recognized unit with applications in most sciences and engineering. The meter is used in architecture, construction projects, for human height (e.g. 1.7m), and so on.

    How to convert Meters to Inches

Converting from meters to inches requires division by 0.0254 so it is best if you do it through a calculator tool, such as our online meters to inches converter above. If you need to do it by hand, just divide by 0.0254, or multiply by the equivalent fraction: 127/5000 . See example conversions and a detailed conversion table below.

Meters to inches conversion example

Sample task: convert 3 meters to inches. Solution:

m / 0.0254 = in
3 m / 0.0254 = 118.110236 in
End result:
3 m is equal to 118.110236 in

    m to in conversion table

m to in conversion table
m in
1 m 39.370079 in
2 m 78.740157 in
3 m 118.110236 in
4 m 157.480315 in
5 m 196.850394 in
6 m 236.220472 in
7 m 275.590551 in
8 m 314.960630 in
9 m 354.330709 in
10 m 393.700787 in
20 m 787.401575 in
30 m 1,181.102362 in
40 m 1,574.803150 in
50 m 1,968.503937 in
60 m 2,362.204724 in
70 m 2,755.905512 in
80 m 3,149.606299 in
90 m 3,543.307087 in
100 m 3,937.007874 in
200 m 7,874.015748 in
300 m 11,811.023622 in
400 m 15,748.031496 in
500 m 19,685.039370 in
600 m 23,622.047244 in
700 m 27,559.055118 in
800 m 31,496.062992 in
900 m 35,433.070866 in
1,000 m 39,370.078740 in


1 NIST Special Publication 330 (2008) - "The International System of Units (SI)", edited by Barry N.Taylor and Ambler Thompson

2 International Organization for Standardization (1993). ISO Standards Handbook: Quantities and units (3rd edition). Geneva: ISO. ISBN 92-67-10185-4.

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