# Integer highestOneBit() Method in Java

• Last Updated : 13 Dec, 2021

The Integer.highestOneBit() method of java.lang returns an integer value with at most a single one-bit which is in the position of the highest-order (ie.leftmost) one-bit for the given int value. If the specified value has no one-bits in its two’s complement binary representation then it returns zero, simply if it is equal to zero.
Syntax:

`public static int highestOneBit(int a)`

Parameters: The method takes one parameter a of integer type that refers to the value whose highest order bit is to be returned or on which the operation is to be performed.
Returns : The method can return two types of values:

• Returns an integer value with a single 1-bit, in the position of the highest-order one-bit in the specified value
• Returns zero if the specified value is equal to zero.

Examples:

```Input: 19
Output: Highest one bit of the given integer is = 16

Input: -9
Output: Highest one bit of the given integer is = -2147483648

Explanation:
Consider any integer a = 19
Binary Representation = 0001 0011
Highest bit(at 4) i.e.0001 0000
so result = 2^4=16```

Below programs illustrate the Java.lang.Integer.highestOneBit() Method.
Program 1: For a positive number.

## java

 `// Java program to illustrate the``// Java.lang.Integer.highestOneBit() Method``import` `java.lang.*;` `public` `class` `HighestOneBit {` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``    ``{` `        ``int` `a = ``29``;``        ``System.out.println("Number is = " + a);` `        ``// returns an int value with at most a single one-bit, in the position``        ``// of the highest-order or the leftmost one-bit in the specified int value``        ``System.out.print("Highest one bit of the given integer is = ");``        ``System.out.println(Integer.highestOneBit(a));``        ``a = ``44``;``        ``System.out.println("Number is = " + a);``        ``System.out.print("Highest one bit of the given integer is = ");``        ``System.out.println(Integer.highestOneBit(a));``    ``}``}`

Output:

```Number is = 29
Highest one bit of the given integer is = 16
Number is = 44
Highest one bit of the given integer is = 32```

Program 2: For a negative number.

## java

 `// Java program to illustrate the``// Java.lang.Integer.highestOneBit() Method``import` `java.lang.*;` `public` `class` `HighestOneBit {` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``    ``{` `        ``int` `a = -``9``;``        ``System.out.println("Number is = " + a);` `        ``// returns an int value with at most a single one-bit, in the position``        ``// of the highest-order or the leftmost one-bit in the specified int value``        ``System.out.print("Highest one bit of the given integer is = ");``        ``System.out.println(Integer.highestOneBit(a));``    ``}``}`

Output:

```Number is = -9
Highest one bit of the given integer is = -2147483648```

Program 3: For a decimal value.
Note:It returns an error message when a decimal value is passed as an argument because of incompatible types.

## java

 `// Java program to illustrate the``// Java.lang.Integer.highestOneBit() Method``import` `java.lang.*;` `public` `class` `HighestOneBit {` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``    ``{` `        ``int` `a = ``84.22``;``        ``System.out.println("Number is = " + a);` `        ``// decimal value 84.22 is passed here``        ``System.out.print("Highest one bit of the given integer is = ");``        ``System.out.println(Integer.highestOneBit(a));``    ``}``}`

Output:

```prog.java:9: error: incompatible types: possible lossy conversion from double to int
int a = 84.22;
^
1 error```

Program 4: For a String.
Note:It returns an error message when a String is passed as an argument because of incompatible types.

## java

 `// Java program to illustrate the``// Java.lang.Integer.highestOneBit() Method``import` `java.lang.*;` `public` `class` `HighestOneBit {` `    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``    ``{` `        ``int` `a = "``34``";``        ``System.out.println("Number is = " + a);` `        ``// decimal value 84.22 is passed here``        ``System.out.print("Highest one bit of the given integer is = ");``        ``System.out.println(Integer.highestOneBit(a));``    ``}``}`

Output:

```prog.java:9: error: incompatible types: String cannot be converted to int
int a = "34";
^
1 error```

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