In the arithmetic-logic unit (which is within the CPU), mathematical operations like: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are done in bit-level. To perform bit-level operations in C programming, bitwise operators are used.

Operators | Meaning of operators |
---|---|

& | Bitwise AND |

| | Bitwise OR |

^ | Bitwise XOR |

~ | Bitwise complement |

Shift left | |

>> | Shift right |

## Bitwise AND Operator &

The output of bitwise AND is **1** if the corresponding bits of two operands is **1**. If either bit of an operand is **0**, the result of corresponding bit is evaluated to **0**.

In C Programming, the bitwise AND operator is denoted by `&`

.

Let us suppose the bitwise AND operation of two integers **12** and **25**.

12 = 00001100 (In Binary)25 = 00011001 (In Binary)Bit Operation of 12 and 25 00001100& 00011001 ________ 00001000 = 8 (In decimal)

### Example 1: Bitwise AND

`#include <stdio.h>int main() { int a = 12, b = 25;` printf("Output = %d", a & b);

return 0;}

**Output**

Output = 8

## Bitwise OR Operator |

The output of bitwise OR is **1** if at least one corresponding bit of two operands is **1**. In C Programming, bitwise OR operator is denoted by `|`

.

12 = 00001100 (In Binary)25 = 00011001 (In Binary)Bitwise OR Operation of 12 and 25 00001100| 00011001 ________ 00011101 = 29 (In decimal)

### Example 2: Bitwise OR

`#include <stdio.h>int main() { int a = 12, b = 25;` printf("Output = %d", a | b);

return 0;}

**Output**

Output = 29

## Bitwise XOR (exclusive OR) Operator ^

The result of bitwise XOR operator is **1** if the corresponding bits of two operands are opposite. It is denoted by `^`

.

12 = 00001100 (In Binary)25 = 00011001 (In Binary)Bitwise XOR Operation of 12 and 25 00001100^ 00011001 ________ 00010101 = 21 (In decimal)

### Example 3: Bitwise XOR

`#include <stdio.h>int main() { int a = 12, b = 25;` printf("Output = %d", a ^ b);

return 0;}

**Output**

Output = 21

## Bitwise Complement Operator ~

Bitwise complement operator is a unary operator (works on only one operand). It changes **1** to **0** and **0** to **1**. It is denoted by `~`

.

35 = 00100011 (In Binary)Bitwise complement Operation of 35~ 00100011 ________ 11011100 = 220 (In decimal)

### Twist in Bitwise Complement Operator in C Programming

The bitwise complement of **35** (`~35`

) is **-36** instead of **220**, but why?

For any integer `n`, bitwise complement of `n` will be `-(n + 1)`

. To understand this, you should have the knowledge of 2's complement.

### 2's Complement

Two's complement is an operation on binary numbers. The 2's complement of a number is equal to the complement of that number plus 1. For example:

Decimal Binary 2's complement 0 00000000 -(11111111+1) = -00000000 = -0(decimal) 1 00000001 -(11111110+1) = -11111111 = -256(decimal) 12 00001100 -(11110011+1) = -11110100 = -244(decimal) 220 11011100 -(00100011+1) = -00100100 = -36(decimal)Note: Overflow is ignored while computing 2's complement.

The bitwise complement of **35** is **220** (in decimal). The 2's complement of **220** is **-36**. Hence, the output is `-36` instead of **220**.

**Bitwise Complement of Any Number N is -(N+1). Here's how:**

bitwise complement of N = ~N (represented in 2's complement form)2'complement of ~N= -(~(~N)+1) = -(N+1)

### Example 4: Bitwise complement

`#include <stdio.h>int main() {` printf("Output = %d\n", ~35); printf("Output = %d\n", ~-12);

return 0;}

**Output**

Output = -36Output = 11

## Shift Operators in C programming

There are two shift operators in C programming:

- Right shift operator
- Left shift operator.

### Right Shift Operator

Right shift operator shifts all bits towards right by certain number of specified bits. It is denoted by `>>`

.

212 = 11010100 (In binary)212 >> 2 = 00110101 (In binary) [Right shift by two bits]212 >> 7 = 00000001 (In binary)212 >> 8 = 00000000 212 >> 0 = 11010100 (No Shift)

### Left Shift Operator

Left shift operator shifts all bits towards left by a certain number of specified bits. The bit positions that have been vacated by the left shift operator are filled with **0**. The symbol of the left shift operator is `<<`

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212 = 11010100 (In binary)212<<1 = 110101000 (In binary) [Left shift by one bit]212<<0 = 11010100 (Shift by 0)212<<4 = 110101000000 (In binary) =3392(In decimal)

### Example #5: Shift Operators

`#include <stdio.h>int main() { int num=212, i; for (i = 0; i <= 2; ++i) {` printf("Right shift by %d: %d\n", i, num >> i);

} printf("\n"); for (i = 0; i <= 2; ++i) { printf("Left shift by %d: %d\n", i, num << i);

} return 0;}

Right Shift by 0: 212Right Shift by 1: 106Right Shift by 2: 53Left Shift by 0: 212Left Shift by 1: 424Left Shift by 2: 848