Java.math.BigDecimal.divide() Method



The java.math.BigDecimal.divide(BigDecimal divisor, MathContext mc) returns a BigDecimal whose value is (this / divisor), with rounding according to the context settings.


Following is the declaration for java.math.BigDecimal.divide() method.

public BigDecimal divide(BigDecimal divisor, MathContext mc)


  • divisor − Value by which this BigDecimal is to be divided.

  • mc − The context to use.

Return Value

This method returns a BigDecimal object whose value is this / divisor, rounded as necessary.


ArithmeticException − If the result is inexact but the rounding mode is UNNECESSARY or mc.precision == 0 and the quotient has a non-terminating decimal expansion.


The following example shows the usage of math.BigDecimal.divide() method.

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.math.*;

public class BigDecimalDemo {

   public static void main(String[] args) {

      // create 3 BigDecimal objects
      BigDecimal bg1, bg2, bg3;

      bg1 = new BigDecimal("16");
      bg2 = new BigDecimal("3");

      MathContext mc = new MathContext(2);

      // divide bg1 with bg2 using mc
      bg3 = bg1.divide(bg2, mc);

      String str = "Division result is " +bg3;

      // print bg3 value
      System.out.println( str );

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

Division result is 5.3