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Bitwise XOR Operator (^)

Performs a bitwise exclusive OR on two expressions.

expression1 ^ expression2


Any numeric expression.


Any numeric expression.

The ^ operator coerces the arguments to matching data types. Then the ^ operator looks at the binary representation of the values of two expressions and does a bitwise exclusive OR operation on them. The data types of the arguments determine the data type returned by this operator.

The result of this operation behaves as follows:

0101   (expression1)
1100   (expression2)
1001   (result)

When one, and only one, of the expressions has a 1 in a digit, the result has a 1 in that digit. Otherwise, the result has a 0 in that digit.