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RightShift Operator

# BigInteger.RightShift Operator

.NET Framework 4.6 and 4.5

Shifts a BigInteger value a specified number of bits to the right.

Namespace:  System.Numerics
Assemblies:   System.Runtime.Numerics (in System.Runtime.Numerics.dll)
System.Numerics (in System.Numerics.dll)

## Syntax

```public static BigInteger operator >>(
BigInteger value,
int shift
)
```

#### Parameters

value
Type: System.Numerics.BigInteger

The value whose bits are to be shifted.

shift
Type: System.Int32

The number of bits to shift value to the right.

#### Return Value

Type: System.Numerics.BigInteger
A value that has been shifted to the right by the specified number of bits.

## Remarks

The RightShift method defines the operation of the bitwise right-shift operator for BigInteger values. It enables code such as the following:

Languages that do not support custom operators can perform a bitwise right-shift operation by dividing value by BigInteger.Pow(2, shift) and subtracting 1 times shift for negative values. The following example shows that the results are identical to the results of using this operator.

```Dim number As BigInteger = BigInteger.Parse("-9047321678449816249999312055")
Console.WriteLine("Shifting {0} right by:", number)
For ctr As Integer = 0 To 16
Dim newNumber As BigInteger = BigInteger.Divide(number, BigInteger.Pow(2, ctr))
If newNumber * ctr < 0 Then newNumber = newNumber - 1
Console.WriteLine(" {0,2} bits: {1,35} {2,30}",
ctr, newNumber, newNumber.ToString("X"))
Next
' The example displays the following output:
'      0 bits:       -9047321678449816249999312055       E2C43B1D0D6F07D2CC1FBB49
'      1 bits:       -4523660839224908124999656028       F1621D8E86B783E9660FDDA4
'      2 bits:       -2261830419612454062499828014        8B10EC7435BC1F4B307EED2
'      4 bits:        -565457604903113515624957004        E2C43B1D0D6F07D2CC1FBB4
'      5 bits:        -282728802451556757812478502        F1621D8E86B783E9660FDDA
'      6 bits:        -141364401225778378906239251         8B10EC7435BC1F4B307EED
'      8 bits:         -35341100306444594726559813         E2C43B1D0D6F07D2CC1FBB
'      9 bits:         -17670550153222297363279907         F1621D8E86B783E9660FDD
'     10 bits:          -8835275076611148681639954          8B10EC7435BC1F4B307EE
'     12 bits:          -2208818769152787170409989          E2C43B1D0D6F07D2CC1FB
'     13 bits:          -1104409384576393585204995          F1621D8E86B783E9660FD
'     14 bits:           -552204692288196792602498           8B10EC7435BC1F4B307E
'     16 bits:           -138051173072049198150625           E2C43B1D0D6F07D2CC1F
```

If shift is greater than or equal to the number of bits in a positive BigInteger value, the result of the right-shift operation is BigInteger.Zero. If shift is greater than the number of bits in a negative BigInteger value, the result of the right-shift operation is BigInteger.MinusOne.

## Version Information

#### .NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4

Supported in: 4

#### .NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

#### Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library