# What are bitwise operators in C#?

Bitwise operator works on bits and performs bit by bit operation.

The following are the Bitwise operators.

OperatorDescriptionExample
&Binary AND Operator copies a bit to the result if it exists in both operands.(A & B) = 12, which is 0000 1100
|Binary OR Operator copies a bit if it exists in either operand.(A | B) = 61, which is 0011 1101
^Binary XOR Operator copies the bit if it is set in one operand but not both.(A ^ B) = 49, which is 0011 0001
~Binary Ones Complement Operator is unary and has the effect of 'flipping' bits.(~A ) = 61, which is 1100 0011 in 2's complement 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 = 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 operandA >> 2 = 15, which is 0000 1111

The following is an example showing how to work with bitwise operators in C#.

## Example

Live Demo

using System;
namespace Demo {
class Program {
static void Main(string[] args) {
int a = 60; /* 60 = 0011 1100 */
int b = 13; /* 13 = 0000 1101 */
int c = 0;
c = a & b; /* 12 = 0000 1100 */
Console.WriteLine("Value of c is {0}", c );
c = a | b; /* 61 = 0011 1101 */
Console.WriteLine("Value of c is {0}", c);
c = a ^ b; /* 49 = 0011 0001 */
Console.WriteLine("Value of c is {0}", c);
c = ~a; /*-61 = 1100 0011 */
Console.WriteLine("Value of c is {0}", c);
c = a << 2; /* 240 = 1111 0000 */
Console.WriteLine("Value of c is {0}", c);
c = a >> 2; /* 15 = 0000 1111 */
Console.WriteLine("Value of c is {0}", c);
}
}
}

## Output

Value of c is 12
Value of c is 61
Value of c is 49
Value of c is -61
Value of c is 240
Value of c is 15