# Fermat Method of Primality Test

Given a number n, check if it is prime or not. We have introduced and discussed the School method for primality testing in Set 1.
Introduction to Primality Test and School Method
In this post, Fermat’s method is discussed. This method is a probabilistic method and is based on Fermat’s Little Theorem.

```Fermat's Little Theorem:
If n is a prime number, then for every a, 1 < a < n-1,

an-1 ? 1 (mod n)
OR
an-1 % n = 1

Example: Since 5 is prime, 24 ? 1 (mod 5) [or 24%5 = 1],
34 ? 1 (mod 5) and 44 ? 1 (mod 5)

Since 7 is prime, 26 ? 1 (mod 7),
36 ? 1 (mod 7), 46 ? 1 (mod 7)
56 ? 1 (mod 7) and 66 ? 1 (mod 7)

Refer this for different proofs.```

If a given number is prime, then this method always returns true. If the given number is composite (or non-prime), then it may return true or false, but the probability of producing incorrect results for composite is low and can be reduced by doing more iterations.

Below is algorithm:

```// Higher value of k indicates probability of correct
// results for composite inputs become higher. For prime
// inputs, result is always correct
1)  Repeat following k times:
a) Pick a randomly in the range [2, n - 2]
b) If gcd(a, n) ? 1, then return false
c) If an-1 &nequiv; 1 (mod n), then return false
2) Return true [probably prime].```

Below is the implementation of the above algorithm. The code uses power function from Modular Exponentiation

## C++

 `// C++ program to find the smallest twin in given range` `#include ` `using` `namespace` `std;`   `/* Iterative Function to calculate (a^n)%p in O(logy) */` `int` `power(``int` `a, unsigned ``int` `n, ``int` `p)` `{` `    ``int` `res = 1;      ``// Initialize result` `    ``a = a % p;  ``// Update 'a' if 'a' >= p`   `    ``while` `(n > 0)` `    ``{` `        ``// If n is odd, multiply 'a' with result` `        ``if` `(n & 1)` `            ``res = (res*a) % p;`   `        ``// n must be even now` `        ``n = n>>1; ``// n = n/2` `        ``a = (a*a) % p;` `    ``}` `    ``return` `res;` `}`   `/*Recursive function to calculate gcd of 2 numbers*/` `int` `gcd(``int` `a, ``int` `b)` `{` `    ``if``(a < b)` `        ``return` `gcd(b, a);` `    ``else` `if``(a%b == 0)` `        ``return` `b;` `    ``else` `return` `gcd(b, a%b);  ` `}`   `// If n is prime, then always returns true, If n is` `// composite than returns false with high probability` `// Higher value of k increases probability of correct` `// result.` `bool` `isPrime(unsigned ``int` `n, ``int` `k)` `{` `   ``// Corner cases` `   ``if` `(n <= 1 || n == 4)  ``return` `false``;` `   ``if` `(n <= 3) ``return` `true``;`   `   ``// Try k times` `   ``while` `(k>0)` `   ``{` `       ``// Pick a random number in [2..n-2]        ` `       ``// Above corner cases make sure that n > 4` `       ``int` `a = 2 + ``rand``()%(n-4);  `   `       ``// Checking if a and n are co-prime` `       ``if` `(gcd(n, a) != 1)` `          ``return` `false``;` ` `  `       ``// Fermat's little theorem` `       ``if` `(power(a, n-1, n) != 1)` `          ``return` `false``;`   `       ``k--;` `    ``}`   `    ``return` `true``;` `}`   `// Driver Program to test above function` `int` `main()` `{` `    ``int` `k = 3;` `    ``isPrime(11, k)?  cout << ``" true\n"``: cout << ``" false\n"``;` `    ``isPrime(15, k)?  cout << ``" true\n"``: cout << ``" false\n"``;` `    ``return` `0;` `}`

## Java

 `// Java program to find the ` `// smallest twin in given range`   `import` `java.io.*;` `import` `java.math.*;`   `class` `GFG {` `    `  `    ``/* Iterative Function to calculate` `    ``// (a^n)%p in O(logy) */` `    ``static` `int` `power(``int` `a,``int` `n, ``int` `p)` `    ``{` `        ``// Initialize result` `        ``int` `res = ``1``;` `        `  `        ``// Update 'a' if 'a' >= p` `        ``a = a % p; ` `    `  `        ``while` `(n > ``0``)` `        ``{` `            ``// If n is odd, multiply 'a' with result` `            ``if` `((n & ``1``) == ``1``)` `                ``res = (res * a) % p;` `    `  `            ``// n must be even now` `            ``n = n >> ``1``; ``// n = n/2` `            ``a = (a * a) % p;` `        ``}` `        ``return` `res;` `    ``}` `    `  `    ``// If n is prime, then always returns true, ` `    ``// If n is composite than returns false with ` `    ``// high probability Higher value of k increases` `    ``//  probability of correct result.` `    ``static` `boolean` `isPrime(``int` `n, ``int` `k)` `    ``{` `    ``// Corner cases` `    ``if` `(n <= ``1` `|| n == ``4``) ``return` `false``;` `    ``if` `(n <= ``3``) ``return` `true``;` `    `  `    ``// Try k times` `    ``while` `(k > ``0``)` `    ``{` `        ``// Pick a random number in [2..n-2]     ` `        ``// Above corner cases make sure that n > 4` `        ``int` `a = ``2` `+ (``int``)(Math.random() % (n - ``4``)); ` `    `  `        ``// Fermat's little theorem` `        ``if` `(power(a, n - ``1``, n) != ``1``)` `            ``return` `false``;` `    `  `        ``k--;` `        ``}` `    `  `        ``return` `true``;` `    ``}` `    `  `    ``// Driver Program ` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String args[])` `    ``{` `        ``int` `k = ``3``;` `        ``if``(isPrime(``11``, k))` `            ``System.out.println(``" true"``);` `        ``else` `            ``System.out.println(``" false"``);` `        ``if``(isPrime(``15``, k))` `            ``System.out.println(``" true"``);` `        ``else` `            ``System.out.println(``" false"``);` `            `  `    ``}` `}`   `// This code is contributed by Nikita Tiwari.`

## Python3

 `# Python3 program to find the smallest` `# twin in given range ` `import` `random`   `# Iterative Function to calculate ` `# (a^n)%p in O(logy) ` `def` `power(a, n, p):` `    `  `    ``# Initialize result ` `    ``res ``=` `1` `    `  `    ``# Update 'a' if 'a' >= p ` `    ``a ``=` `a ``%` `p  ` `    `  `    ``while` `n > ``0``:` `        `  `        ``# If n is odd, multiply ` `        ``# 'a' with result ` `        ``if` `n ``%` `2``:` `            ``res ``=` `(res ``*` `a) ``%` `p` `            ``n ``=` `n ``-` `1` `        ``else``:` `            ``a ``=` `(a ``*``*` `2``) ``%` `p` `            `  `            ``# n must be even now ` `            ``n ``=` `n ``/``/` `2` `            `  `    ``return` `res ``%` `p` `    `  `# If n is prime, then always returns true,` `# If n is composite than returns false with` `# high probability Higher value of k increases` `# probability of correct result` `def` `isPrime(n, k):` `    `  `    ``# Corner cases` `    ``if` `n ``=``=` `1` `or` `n ``=``=` `4``:` `        ``return` `False` `    ``elif` `n ``=``=` `2` `or` `n ``=``=` `3``:` `        ``return` `True` `    `  `    ``# Try k times ` `    ``else``:` `        ``for` `i ``in` `range``(k):` `            `  `            ``# Pick a random number ` `            ``# in [2..n-2]      ` `            ``# Above corner cases make ` `            ``# sure that n > 4 ` `            ``a ``=` `random.randint(``2``, n ``-` `2``)` `            `  `            ``# Fermat's little theorem ` `            ``if` `power(a, n ``-` `1``, n) !``=` `1``:` `                ``return` `False` `                `  `    ``return` `True` `            `  `# Driver code` `k ``=` `3` `if` `isPrime(``11``, k):` `  ``print``(``"true"``)` `else``:` `  ``print``(``"false"``)` `  `  `if` `isPrime(``15``, k):` `  ``print``(``"true"``)` `else``:` `  ``print``(``"false"``)`   `# This code is contributed by Aanchal Tiwari`

## C#

 `// C# program to find the ` `// smallest twin in given range` `using` `System;` `class` `GFG {` `    `  `    ``/* Iterative Function to calculate` `    ``// (a^n)%p in O(logy) */` `    ``static` `int` `power(``int` `a,``int` `n, ``int` `p)` `    ``{` `        ``// Initialize result` `        ``int` `res = 1;` `         `  `        ``// Update 'a' if 'a' >= p` `        ``a = a % p; ` `     `  `        ``while` `(n > 0)` `        ``{` `            ``// If n is odd, multiply 'a' with result` `            ``if` `((n & 1) == 1)` `                ``res = (res * a) % p;` `     `  `            ``// n must be even now` `            ``n = n >> 1; ``// n = n/2` `            ``a = (a * a) % p;` `        ``}` `        ``return` `res;` `    ``}` `     `  `    ``// If n is prime, then always returns true, ` `    ``// If n is composite than returns false with ` `    ``// high probability Higher value of k increases` `    ``//  probability of correct result.` `    ``static` `bool` `isPrime(``int` `n, ``int` `k)` `    ``{` `        ``// Corner cases` `        ``if` `(n <= 1 || n == 4) ``return` `false``;` `        ``if` `(n <= 3) ``return` `true``;` `         `  `        ``// Try k times` `        ``while` `(k > 0)` `        ``{` `            ``// Pick a random number in [2..n-2]     ` `            ``// Above corner cases make sure that n > 4` `            ``Random rand = ``new` `Random(); ` `            ``int` `a = 2 + (``int``)(rand.Next() % (n - 4)); ` `         `  `            ``// Fermat's little theorem` `            ``if` `(power(a, n - 1, n) != 1)` `                ``return` `false``;` `         `  `            ``k--;` `        ``}` `     `  `        ``return` `true``;` `    ``}` `    `  `  ``static` `void` `Main() {` `        ``int` `k = 3;` `        ``if``(isPrime(11, k))` `            ``Console.WriteLine(``" true"``);` `        ``else` `            ``Console.WriteLine(``" false"``);` `        ``if``(isPrime(15, k))` `            ``Console.WriteLine(``" true"``);` `        ``else` `            ``Console.WriteLine(``" false"``);` `  ``}` `}`   `// This code is contributed by divyesh072019`

## PHP

 `= p` `    ``\$a` `= ``\$a` `% ``\$p``; `   `    ``while` `(``\$n` `> 0)` `    ``{` `        `  `        ``// If n is odd, multiply ` `        ``// 'a' with result` `        ``if` `(``\$n` `& 1)` `            ``\$res` `= (``\$res` `* ``\$a``) % ``\$p``;`   `        ``// n must be even now` `        ``\$n` `= ``\$n` `>> 1; ``// n = n/2` `        ``\$a` `= (``\$a` `* ``\$a``) % ``\$p``;` `    ``}` `    ``return` `\$res``;` `}`   `// If n is prime, then always ` `// returns true, If n is` `// composite than returns ` `// false with high probability` `// Higher value of k increases` `// probability of correct` `// result.` `function` `isPrime(``\$n``, ``\$k``)` `{` `    `  `    ``// Corner cases` `    ``if` `(``\$n` `<= 1 || ``\$n` `== 4) ` `    ``return` `false;` `    ``if` `(``\$n` `<= 3) ` `    ``return` `true;` `    `  `    ``// Try k times` `    ``while` `(``\$k` `> 0)` `    ``{` `        `  `        ``// Pick a random number ` `        ``// in [2..n-2] ` `        ``// Above corner cases ` `        ``// make sure that n > 4` `        ``\$a` `= 2 + rand() % (``\$n` `- 4); ` `    `  `        ``// Fermat's little theorem` `        ``if` `(power(``\$a``, ``\$n``-1, ``\$n``) != 1)` `            ``return` `false;` `    `  `        ``\$k``--;` `    ``}`   `    ``return` `true;` `}`   `// Driver Code` `\$k` `= 3;` `\$res` `= isPrime(11, ``\$k``) ? ``" true\n"``: ``" false\n"``;` `echo``(``\$res``);`   `\$res` `= isPrime(15, ``\$k``) ? ``" true\n"``: ``" false\n"``;` `echo``(``\$res``);`   `// This code is contributed by Ajit.` `?>`

## Javascript

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Output:

```true
false```

Time complexity: O(k Log n). Note that the power function takes O(Log n) time.

Auxiliary Space: O(min(log a, log b))
Note that the above method may fail even if we increase the number of iterations (higher k). There exist some composite numbers with the property that for every a < n and gcd(a, n) = 1 we have an-1 ? 1 (mod n). Such numbers are called Carmichael numbers. Fermat’s primality test is often used if a rapid method is needed for filtering, for example in the key generation phase of the RSA public key cryptographic algorithm.

We will soon be discussing more methods for Primality Testing.

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermat_primality_test
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_number
http://www.cse.iitk.ac.in/users/manindra/presentations/FLTBasedTests.pdf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primality_test

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