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Getting the integer part from a number in Javascript

costinmanda profile image Costin Manda Originally published at on ・1 min read

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Just a thing I learned today: using the bitwise not operator (~) on a number in Javascript ignores its fractional part (it converts it to integer first), therefore using it twice gives you the integer part of original number. Thanks to fetishlace for clarifications.


  • this is equivalent to (int)number in languages that support the int type
  • this is equivalent to Math.trunc for numbers in the integer range
  • this is equivalent to Math.floor only for positive numbers in the integer range

~~1.3 = 1
~~-6.5432 = -6
~~(2 ** 32 + 0.5) = 0
~~10000000000 = 1410065408


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It works as a Math.trunc(), but be careful if u need to use it with a big numbers since for example
~~(2 ** 30 + 0.123) // 1073741824
~~(2 ** 31 + 0.303) //-2147483648
~~(2 ** 32 + 0.5) // 0

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Thanks! To my shame I've never actually used either Math.trunc or ** in Javascript :D Live and learn. I'll update the post.

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Various people prefer various tools, it is not the shame i guess :-)
** is newer and handy, way better 2**16 than write Math.pow(2,16)
And I would rather use Math.trunc() than Number.parseInt() - which is in play here too. In fact parseInt(inputValue, 10) with explicit radix argument is the right way to go according to Airbnb standards.
That double bit flip ~~ looks nice and short, and it could run faster than others - that is why it has it's place - but some people are really confused seeing it + this is not a bottleneck normally anyway + it "breaks" sooner than those alternatives for higher numbers...
Anyway I am seeing all of these in other people's code.