Java.lang.Byte.parseByte() Method


The java.lang.Byte.parseByte(String s, int radix) parses the string argument as a signed byte in the radix specified by the second argument.

The characters in the string must all be digits, of the specified radix (as determined by whether Character.digit(char, int) returns a nonnegative value) except that the first character may be an ASCII minus sign '−' ('\u002D') to indicate a negative value or an ASCII plus sign '+' ('\u002B') to indicate a positive value. The resulting byte value is returned.

An exception of type NumberFormatException is thrown if any of the following situations occurs −

  • The first argument is null or is a string of length zero.

  • The radix is either smaller than Character.MIN_RADIX or larger than Character.MAX_RADIX.

  • Any character of the string is not a digit of the specified radix, except that the first character may be a minus sign '−' ('\u002D') or plus sign '+' ('\u002B') provided that the string is longer than length 1.

  • The value represented by the string is not a value of type byte.


Following is the declaration for java.lang.Byte.parseByte() method

public static byte parseByte(String s, int radix)
                                throws NumberFormatException


  • s − a String containing the byte representation to be parsed

  • radix − the radix to be used while parsing s

Return Value

This method returns the byte value represented by the string argument in the specified radix.


NumberFormatException − if the string does not contain a parsable byte.


The following example shows the usage of lang.Byte.parseByte() method.

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.lang.*;

public class ByteDemo {

   public static void main(String[] args) {

      // create 2 byte primitives bt1, bt2
      byte bt1, bt2;

      // create and assign values to String's s1, s2
      String s1 = "123";
      String s2 = "-1a";

      // create and assign values to int r1, r2
      int r1 = 8;  // represents octal
      int r2 = 16; // represents hexadecimal

       *  static method is called using class name. Assign parseByte
       *  result on s1, s2 to bt1, bt2 using radix r1, r2
      bt1 = Byte.parseByte(s1, r1);
      bt2 = Byte.parseByte(s2, r2);

      String str1 = "Parse byte value of " + s1 + " is " + bt1;
      String str2 = "Parse byte value of " + s2 + " is " + bt2;

      // print bt1, bt2 values
      System.out.println( str1 );
      System.out.println( str2 );

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

Parse byte value of 123 is 83
Parse byte value of -1a is -26