# Python Bitwise Operators Example

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Following table shows all the bitwise operators supported by Python language. Assume variable A holds 60 and variable B holds 13, then:

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 either 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 effect 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 following example to understand all the bitwise operators available in Python programming language:

#!/usr/bin/python a = 60 # 60 = 0011 1100 b = 13 # 13 = 0000 1101 c = 0 c = a & b; # 12 = 0000 1100 print "Line 1 - Value of c is ", c c = a | b; # 61 = 0011 1101 print "Line 2 - Value of c is ", c c = a ^ b; # 49 = 0011 0001 print "Line 3 - Value of c is ", c c = ~a; # -61 = 1100 0011 print "Line 4 - Value of c is ", c c = a << 2; # 240 = 1111 0000 print "Line 5 - Value of c is ", c c = a >> 2; # 15 = 0000 1111 print "Line 6 - Value of c is ", c

When you execute the above program it produces the following result:

Line 1 - Value of c is 12 Line 2 - Value of c is 61 Line 3 - Value of c is 49 Line 4 - Value of c is -61 Line 5 - Value of c is 240 Line 6 - Value of c is 15