Convert Centimeters to Meters

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1 cm = 0.01 m

How to Convert Centimeters to Meters

conversion scale showing centimeters and equivalent meters length values

To convert a centimeter measurement to a meter measurement, multiply the length by the conversion ratio. One centimeter is equal to 0.01 meters, so use this simple formula to convert:

meters = centimeters × 0.01

The length in meters is equal to the centimeters multiplied by 0.01.

For example, here's how to convert 5 centimeters to meters using the formula above.
5 cm = (5 × 0.01) = 0.05 m

Our inch fraction calculator can add centimeters and meters together and it also automatically converts the results to US customary, imperial and SI metric values.

Centimeters and meters are both units used to measure length. Keep reading to learn more about each unit of measure.

Centimeters

One centimeter is equal to one-hundredth (1/100) of a meter, which is defined as the distance light travels in a vacuum in a 1/299,792,458 second time interval.

The centimeter, or centimetre, is a multiple of the meter, which is the SI base unit for length. In the metric system, "centi" is the prefix for 10-2. Centimeters can be abbreviated as cm, for example 1 centimeter can be written as 1 cm.

Metric rulers typically have 30 cm, which are represented by 30 large tick marks. To get a rough idea of the actual length of a centimeter, a standard pencil is just about 1cm thick.

Meters

The meter is defined as the distance light travels in 1/299,792,458 of a second in a vacuum, according to the most recent 1983 definition. One meter is equal to 100 centimeters or 39.37 inches.

The meter, or metre, is the SI base unit for length in the metric system. Meters can be abbreviated as m, for example 1 meter can be written as 1 m.

We recommend using a ruler or tape measure for measuring length, which can be found at a local retailer or home center. Rulers are available in imperial, metric, or combination with both values, so make sure you get the correct type for your needs.

If you need a ruler you can also download and print our free printable rulers, which include both imperial and metric measurements.

Centimeter Measurements and Equivalent Meter Conversions

Common centimeter values converted to the equivalent meter value
Centimeters Meters
1 cm 0.01 m
2 cm 0.02 m
3 cm 0.03 m
4 cm 0.04 m
5 cm 0.05 m
6 cm 0.06 m
7 cm 0.07 m
8 cm 0.08 m
9 cm 0.09 m
10 cm 0.1 m
11 cm 0.11 m
12 cm 0.12 m
13 cm 0.13 m
14 cm 0.14 m
15 cm 0.15 m
16 cm 0.16 m
17 cm 0.17 m
18 cm 0.18 m
19 cm 0.19 m
20 cm 0.2 m
21 cm 0.21 m
22 cm 0.22 m
23 cm 0.23 m
24 cm 0.24 m
25 cm 0.25 m
26 cm 0.26 m
27 cm 0.27 m
28 cm 0.28 m
29 cm 0.29 m
30 cm 0.3 m
31 cm 0.31 m
32 cm 0.32 m
33 cm 0.33 m
34 cm 0.34 m
35 cm 0.35 m
36 cm 0.36 m
37 cm 0.37 m
38 cm 0.38 m
39 cm 0.39 m
40 cm 0.4 m

More Centimeter Length Conversions

US Customary & Imperial Units
Convert to Miles
1 cm is equal to 6.2137E-6 miles
Convert to Yards
1 cm is equal to 0.010936 yards
Convert to Feet
1 cm is equal to 0.032808 feet
Convert to Inches
1 cm is equal to 0.393701 inches
SI Units
Convert to Kilometers
1 cm is equal to 1.0E-5 kilometers
Convert to Millimeters
1 cm is equal to 10 millimeters
Convert to Micrometers
1 cm is equal to 10,000 micrometers
Convert to Nanometers
1 cm is equal to 10,000,000 nanometers