# Perl Bitwise Operators Example

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There are following Bitwise operators supported by Perl language, assume if $a = 60; and $b = 13 −

Operator | Description | Example |
---|---|---|

& | Binary AND Operator copies a bit to the result if it exists in both operands. | ($a & $b) will give 12 which is 0000 1100 |

| | Binary OR Operator copies a bit if it exists in eather operand. | ($a | $b) will give 61 which is 0011 1101 |

^ | Binary XOR Operator copies the bit if it is set in one operand but not both. | ($a ^ $b) will give 49 which is 0011 0001 |

~ | Binary Ones Complement Operator is unary and has the efect of 'flipping' bits. | (~$a ) will give -61 which is 1100 0011 in 2's complement form due to a signed binary number. |

<< | Binary Left Shift Operator. The left operands value is moved left by the number of bits specified by the right operand. | $a << 2 will give 240 which is 1111 0000 |

>> | Binary Right Shift Operator. The left operands value is moved right by the number of bits specified by the right operand. | $a >> 2 will give 15 which is 0000 1111 |

## Example

Try the following example to understand all the bitwise operators available in Perl. Copy and paste the following Perl program in test.pl file and execute this program.

#!/usr/local/bin/perl use integer; $a = 60; $b = 13; print "Value of \$a = $a and value of \$b = $b\n"; $c = $a & $b; print "Value of \$a & \$b = $c\n"; $c = $a | $b; print "Value of \$a | \$b = $c\n"; $c = $a ^ $b; print "Value of \$a ^ \$b = $c\n"; $c = ~$a; print "Value of ~\$a = $c\n"; $c = $a << 2; print "Value of \$a << 2 = $c\n"; $c = $a >> 2; print "Value of \$a >> 2 = $c\n";

When the above code is executed, it produces the following result −

Value of $a = 60 and value of $b = 13 Value of $a & $b = 12 Value of $a | $b = 61 Value of $a ^ $b = 49 Value of ~$a = 18446744073709551555 Value of $a << 2 = 240 Value of $a >> 2 = 15

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