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long

The long keyword denotes an integral type that stores values according to the size and range shown in the following table.

Type Range Size .NET Framework type
long –9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to 9,223,372,036,854,775,807 Signed 64-bit integer System.Int64

Literals

You can declare and initialize a long variable like this example:

long myLong = 4294967296;

When an integer literal has no suffix, its type is the first of these types in which its value can be represented: int, uint, long, ulong. In the preceding example, it is of the type long because it exceeds the range of uint (see Integral Types Table for the storage sizes of integral types).

You can also use the suffix L with the long type like this:

long myLong = 4294967296L;

When you use the suffix L, the type of the literal integer is determined to be either long or ulong according to its size. In the case it is long because it less than the range of ulong.

A common use of the suffix is with calling overloaded methods. Consider, for example, the following overloaded methods that use long and int parameters:

public static void MyMethod(int i) {}
public static void MyMethod(long l) {}

Using the suffix L guarantees that the correct type is called, for example:

MyMethod(5);    // Calling the method with the int parameter
MyMethod(5L);   // Calling the method with the long parameter

You can use the long type with other numeric integral types in the same expression, in which case the expression is evaluated as long (or bool in the case of relational or Boolean expressions). For example, the following expression evaluates as long:

898L + 88
Note   You can also use the lowercase letter "l" as a suffix. However, this generates a compiler warning because the letter "l" is easily confused with the digit "1." Use "L" for clarity.

For information on arithmetic expressions with mixed floating-point types and integral types, see float and double.

Conversions

There is a predefined implicit conversion from long to float, double, or decimal. Otherwise a cast must be used. For example, the following statement will produce a compilation error without an explicit cast:

int x = 8L;        // Error: no implicit conversion from long to int
int x = (int)8L;   // OK: explicit conversion to int

There is a predefined implicit conversion from sbyte, byte, short, ushort, int, uint, or char to long.

Notice also that there is no implicit conversion from floating-point types to long. For example, the following statement generates a compiler error unless an explicit cast is used:

long x = 3.0;         // Error: no implicit conversion from double
long y = (long)3.0;   // OK: explicit conversion

See Also

C# Keywords | Integral Types Table | Built-in Types Table | Implicit Numeric Conversions Table | Explicit Numeric Conversions Table | Int64 Structure

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