Figures knows about a wide array of units, and you can use them most places you would use numbers.
25km + 400m 80 - 20m collect(2..5 meters) 25m / 5m
25.4 km 60 m [2 m, 3 m, 4 m, 5 m] 5
NOTEThe collect function gathers all the elements of a range into a list
All SI units like
grams can be used with metric prefixes. Figures combines unit names with prefix terms as in
milligrams. Unit symbols are combined with prefix symbols like in
30 megameters + 2M meters 200 nanometers + 2 micrometers 2 kilograms/second × 60 sec
32 Mm 2.2 μm 120 kg
|Metric prefix||Symbol||Value||Metric prefix||Symbol||Value|
Data units like
bytes are inherently binary values and therefore use a different scale.
32 mebibits in kibibytes TiB to GiB
4,096 KiB 1,024 GiB
To convert between different units, use one of the conversion operators
5 km in miles 500 grams as pounds meters to feet $25 in euros
3.11 mi 1.1 lb 3.28 ft €22.14
Figures has a deep understanding of units and can do calculations and conversions between different unit types.
25kg × 30m² / 5s² in joules 42m/s² × 2sec in mph 150m × 30m in acres
150 J 187.9 mph 1.11 ac
NOTECurrency units are unique because their relative values change over time. By default, Figures updates currencies once per day. To configure currency updates, go to
Preferences > Units
NOTEFigures attempts to set the correct system for your region. If you want to change this setting, go to
Preferences > Format > Region
No matter which system is set, you can always specify which unit you want by prefacing regional units with
UK. These examples assume regional preference is set to U.S. Customary.
2 cups in uk cups 2 us cups in uk cups 3 uk pints as us gallons us tons to uk tons
1.67 UK cup 1.67 UK cup 0.45 gal 0.89 UK ton
In addition to the hundreds of units supported by Figures, you can also add your own custom units or tweak existing ones. Got to
Preferences > Units to view all the units that are available, sorted by category. Use the filter bar to quickly find a unit.
Double-click on a unit to edit it.
- Name: The primary name of the unit
- Symbol: An abbreviation of the unit
- Format: Guidance on how to format the unit in the results panel
- Kind: The category of the unit. Not editable for built-in units
- Added Names: Alternate names for the unit
Each of the name fields has a toggle that can make the name case sensitive. See Variables for more detail on case sensitivity.
When Figures displays a unit in the results panel, it prefers using the symbol if there is one. Otherwise it uses the primary name or an alternate name. There is an example after the
Format field that shows how the unit will be displayed.
+ button at the top of the unit list to create a new unit.
The fields are the same as those for existing units with a couple exceptions. First, the
Kind field is editable. By selecting a kind, your custom unit will be convertible to other units of the same kind. Second, custom units have a value in terms of another unit. The units available in the
Value field are determined by the selection of
Once created, your custom unit can be used exactly like built-in units.