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:

OperatorDescriptionExample
& 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


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