Bitwise Operators in C

I have seen bitwise operators in all programming language which I have used so far. Bitwise operators are used to do binary operation in the program. There are six bitwise operators in C programming language.

Now, let’s see the bitwise operators in c:

Operator Name Description
& AND Sets each bit to 1 if both bits are 1
| OR Sets each bit to 1 if one of two bits is 1
 ^ XOR Sets each bit to 1 if only one of two bits is 1
~ NOT Inverts all the bits
<< Zero fill left shift Shift left by pushing zeros in from the right and let the leftmost bits fall off
>> Signed right shift Shift right by pushing copies of the leftmost bit in from the left, and let the rightmost bits fall off

C example with bitwise operators:

m =10; /*"1010"*/
n =7; /*"0111"*/
printf("m AND n Operation: %d",m&n);/*0010=2*/
printf("m OR n Operation: %d",m|n);/*1111=15*/
printf("Before Left Shift Operation m: %d",m);/*1010*/
printf("After Left Shift Operation m: %d",(m<<2)&15);/*0100=8*/
m AND n Operation: 2
m OR n Operation: 15
Before Left Shift Operation m: 10
After Left Shift Operation m: 8

Click Operators in C to know other operators in C programming language.

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