Decimal.op_Explicit Method (Single)

Converts a single-precision floating-point number to a Decimal.

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

public static explicit operator decimal (
	float value
J# supports the use of custom casts, but not the declaration of new ones.
JScript supports the use of custom casts, but not the declaration of new ones.



A single-precision floating-point number.

Return Value

A Decimal that represents the converted single-precision floating point number.

Exception typeCondition


value is less than MinValue or greater than MaxValue.


value is Single.NaN, Single.PositiveInfinity, or Single.NegativeInfinity.

The following code example converts Single values to Decimal numbers using the Single to Decimal conversion. This conversion requires the op_Explicit operator in Visual Basic.

// Example of the explicit conversion from float to decimal.
using System;

class DecimalFromSingleDemo
    const string formatter = "{0,16:E7}{1,33}";

    // Get the exception type name; remove the namespace prefix.
    public static string GetExceptionType( Exception ex )
        string exceptionType = ex.GetType( ).ToString( );
        return exceptionType.Substring( 
            exceptionType.LastIndexOf( '.' ) + 1 );

    // Convert the float argument; catch exceptions that are thrown.
    public static void DecimalFromSingle( float argument )
        object decValue;

        // Convert the float argument to a decimal value.
            decValue = (decimal)argument;
        catch( Exception ex )
            decValue = GetExceptionType( ex );

        Console.WriteLine( formatter, argument, decValue );

    public static void Main( )
            "This example of the explicit conversion from float " +
            "to decimal \ngenerates the following output.\n" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "float argument", 
            "decimal value" );
        Console.WriteLine( formatter, "--------------", 
            "-------------" );

        // Convert float values and display the results.
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.2345E-30F );
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.2345E-26F );
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.23456E-22F );
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.23456E-12F );
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.234567F );
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.234567E+12F );
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.2345678E+28F );
        DecimalFromSingle( 1.2345678E+30F );

This example of the explicit conversion from float to decimal
generates the following output.

  float argument                    decimal value
  --------------                    -------------
  1.2345000E-030                                0
  1.2345000E-026   0.0000000000000000000000000123
  1.2345600E-022    0.000000000000000000000123456
  1.2345600E-012              0.00000000000123456
  1.2345671E+000                         1.234567
  1.2345670E+012                    1234567000000
  1.2345678E+028    12345680000000000000000000000
  1.2345678E+030                OverflowException

Windows 98, Windows 2000 SP4, Windows CE, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Mobile for Pocket PC, Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

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

.NET Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Compact Framework

Supported in: 2.0, 1.0