BigInteger.Compare Method (BigInteger, BigInteger)


Compares two BigInteger values and returns an integer that indicates whether the first value is less than, equal to, or greater than the second value.

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

public static int Compare(
	BigInteger left,
	BigInteger right


Type: System.Numerics.BigInteger

The first value to compare.

Type: System.Numerics.BigInteger

The second value to compare.

Return Value

Type: System.Int32

A signed integer that indicates the relative values of left and right, as shown in the following table.



Less than zero

left is less than right.


left equals right.

Greater than zero

left is greater than right.

Although the BigInteger type has no fixed range, comparisons of BigInteger values are not characterized by the lack of precision that characterizes the comparison of floating-point numbers. The following example compares two BigInteger values that differ by one and that each have 1,896 digits. The Compare method correctly reports that the two values are not equal.

BigInteger number1 = BigInteger.Pow(Int64.MaxValue, 100);
BigInteger number2 = number1 + 1;
string relation = "";
switch (BigInteger.Compare(number1, number2))
   case -1:
      relation = "<";
   case 0:
      relation = "=";
   case 1:
      relation = ">";
Console.WriteLine("{0} {1} {2}", number1, relation, number2);
// The example displays the following output:
//    3.0829940252776347122742186219E+1896 < 3.0829940252776347122742186219E+1896

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 4.0
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 4.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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