Sign Method (Int64)

# Math.Sign Method (Int64)

Visual Studio 2010

Returns a value indicating the sign of a 64-bit signed integer.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

## Syntax

```public static int Sign(
long value
)
```

#### Parameters

value
Type: System.Int64
A signed number.

#### Return Value

Type: System.Int32
A number that indicates the sign of value, as shown in the following table.

Return value

Meaning

-1

value is less than zero.

0

value is equal to zero.

1

value is greater than zero.

## Examples

The following example demonstrates how to use the Sign(Int64) method to determine the sign of an Int64 value and display it to the console.

```
// This example demonstrates Math.Sign()
using System;

class Sample
{
public static void Main()
{
string str = "{0}: {1,3} is {2} zero.";
string nl = Environment.NewLine;

byte     xByte1    = 0;
short    xShort1   = -2;
int      xInt1     = -3;
long     xLong1    = -4;
float    xSingle1  = 0.0f;
double   xDouble1  = 6.0;
Decimal  xDecimal1 = -7m;

// The following type is not CLS-compliant.
sbyte    xSbyte1   = -101;

Console.WriteLine("{0}Test the sign of the following types of values:", nl);
Console.WriteLine(str, "Byte   ", xByte1, Test(Math.Sign(xByte1)));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int16  ", xShort1, Test(Math.Sign(xShort1)));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int32  ", xInt1, Test(Math.Sign(xInt1)));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int64  ", xLong1, Test(Math.Sign(xLong1)));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Single ", xSingle1, Test(Math.Sign(xSingle1)));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Double ", xDouble1, Test(Math.Sign(xDouble1)));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Decimal", xDecimal1, Test(Math.Sign(xDecimal1)));
//
Console.WriteLine("{0}The following type is not CLS-compliant.", nl);
Console.WriteLine(str, "SByte  ", xSbyte1, Test(Math.Sign(xSbyte1)));
}
//
public static String Test(int compare)
{
if (compare == 0)
return "equal to";
else if (compare < 0)
return "less than";
else
return "greater than";
}
}
/*
This example produces the following results:

Test the sign of the following types of values:
Byte   :   0 is equal to zero.
Int16  :  -2 is less than zero.
Int32  :  -3 is less than zero.
Int64  :  -4 is less than zero.
Single :   0 is equal to zero.
Double :   6 is greater than zero.
Decimal:  -7 is less than zero.

The following type is not CLS-compliant.
SByte  : -101 is less than zero.
*/

```

## Version Information

#### .NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

#### .NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

#### Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

## Platforms

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.