Java.math.BigDecimal.divide() Method



The java.math.BigDecimal.divide(BigDecimal divisor, MathContext mc) returns a BigDecimal whose value is (this / divisor), with rounding according to the context settings.


Following is the declaration for java.math.BigDecimal.divide() method

public BigDecimal divide(BigDecimal divisor, MathContext mc)


  • divisor - value by which this BigDecimal is to be divided

  • mc - the context to use

Return Value

This method returns a BigDecimal object whose value is this / divisor, rounded as necessary


  • ArithmeticException - if the result is inexact but the rounding mode is UNNECESSARY or mc.precision == 0 and the quotient has a non-terminating decimal expansion


The following example shows the usage of math.BigDecimal.divide() method.

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.math.*;

public class BigDecimalDemo {

public static void main(String[] args) {

        // create 3 BigDecimal objects
        BigDecimal bg1, bg2, bg3;

        bg1 = new BigDecimal("16");
        bg2 = new BigDecimal("3");

	MathContext mc = new MathContext(2);

        // divide bg1 with bg2 using mc
	bg3 = bg1.divide(bg2, mc);

        String str = "Division result is " +bg3;

	// print bg3 value
	System.out.println( str );

Let us compile and run the above program, this will produce the following result:

Division result is 5.3