Java.lang.Math.min() Method


The java.lang.Math.min(long a, long b) returns the smaller of two long values. That is, the result is the value closer to negative infinity. If the arguments have the same value, the result is that same value. If either value is NaN, then the result is NaN. Unlike the numerical comparison operators, this method considers negative zero to be strictly smaller than positive zero. If one argument is positive zero and the other is negative zero, the result is negative zero.


Following is the declaration for java.lang.Math.min() method

public static long min(long a, long b)


  • a − an argument

  • b − another argument

Return Value

This method returns the smaller of a and b.




The following example shows the usage of lang.Math.min() method.

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.lang.*;

public class MathDemo {

   public static void main(String[] args) {

      // get two long numbers
      long x = 98759765l;
      long y = 15428764l;
      // print the smaller number between x and y
      System.out.println("Math.min(" + x + "," + y + ")=" + Math.min(x, y));

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

Math.min(98759765l, 15428764l)=15428764