# Integer.MAX_VALUE and Integer.MIN_VALUE in Java with Examples

• Difficulty Level : Basic
• Last Updated : 22 Jan, 2020

Most of the times, in competitive programming, there is a need to assign the variable, the maximum or minimum value that data type can hold, but remembering such a large and precise number comes out to be a difficult job. Therefore, Java has constants to represent these numbers, so that these can be directly assigned to the variable without actually typing the whole number.

• Integer.MAX_VALUE
Integer.MAX_VALUE is a constant in the Integer class of java.lang package that specifies that stores the maximum possible value for any integer variable in Java. The actual value of this is

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```2^31-1 = 2147483647
```

Example 1:

 `// Java program to show``// the value of Integer.MAX_VALUE`` ` `class` `GFG {`` ` `    ``// Driver code``    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] arg)``    ``{`` ` `        ``// Print the value of Integer.MAX_VALUE``        ``System.out.println(``"Integer.MAX_VALUE = "``                           ``+ Integer.MAX_VALUE);``    ``}``}`
Output:

```Integer.MAX_VALUE = 2147483647
```

Any integer variable cannot store any value beyond this limit. Upon doing so, the memory will overflow and the value will get negative.

Example 2: Trying to initialize a variable value Integer.MAX_VALUE + 1

 `// Java program to show what happens when``// a value greater than Integer.MAX_VALUE``// is stored in an int variable`` ` `class` `GFG {`` ` `    ``// Driver code``    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] arg)``    ``{`` ` `        ``try` `{`` ` `            ``System.out.println(``                ``"Trying to initialize"``                ``+ ``" a N with value"``                ``+ ``" Integer.MAX_VALUE + 1"``);`` ` `            ``// Try to store value Integer.MAX_VALUE + 1``            ``int` `N = Integer.MAX_VALUE + ``1``;`` ` `            ``// Print the value of N``            ``System.out.println(``"N = "` `+ N);``        ``}``        ``catch` `(Exception e) {``            ``System.out.println(e);``        ``}``    ``}``}`
Output:
```Trying to initialize a N with value Integer.MAX_VALUE + 1
N = -2147483648
```
• Integer.MIN_VALUE
Integer.MIN_VALUE is a constant in the Integer class of java.lang package that specifies that stores the minimum possible value for any integer variable in Java. The actual value of this is
```-2^31 = -2147483648
```

Example 3:

 `// Java program to show``// the value of Integer.MIN_VALUE`` ` `class` `GFG {`` ` `    ``// Driver code``    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] arg)``    ``{`` ` `        ``// Print the value of Integer.MIN_VALUE``        ``System.out.println(``"Integer.MIN_VALUE = "``                           ``+ Integer.MIN_VALUE);``    ``}``}`
Output:
```Integer.MIN_VALUE = -2147483648
```

Any integer variable cannot store any value below this limit. Upon doing so, the memory will overflow and the value will get positive.

Example 2: Trying to initialize a variable value Integer.MIN_VALUE – 1

 `// Java program to show what happens when``// a value less than Integer.MIN_VALUE``// is stored in an int variable`` ` `class` `GFG {`` ` `    ``// Driver code``    ``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] arg)``    ``{`` ` `        ``try` `{`` ` `            ``System.out.println(``                ``"Trying to initialize"``                ``+ ``" a N with value"``                ``+ ``" Integer.MIN_VALUE - 1"``);`` ` `            ``// Try to store value Integer.MIN_VALUE - 1``            ``int` `N = Integer.MIN_VALUE - ``1``;`` ` `            ``// Print the value of N``            ``System.out.println(``"N = "` `+ N);``        ``}``        ``catch` `(Exception e) {``            ``System.out.println(e);``        ``}``    ``}``}`
Output:
```Trying to initialize a N with value Integer.MIN_VALUE - 1
N = 2147483647
```

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