## Introduction

Converting between integral types

Integral type conversions are implicit if the destination type can represent every possible value of the source type.

Otherwise, an explicit conversion is required.

For example:

**int** x = 1; // int is a 32-bit integer
**long** y = x; // Implicit conversion to 64-bit integral type
**short** z = (**short**)x; // Explicit conversion to 16-bit integral type

## Converting between floating-point types

A double can represent every possible value of a float.

A float point value can be implicitly converted to a double.

Assign double type to float type must be explicit.

## Converting between floating-point and integral types

All integral types may be implicitly converted to all floating-point types:

**int** i = 1;
**float** f = i;

The reverse conversion must be explicit:

**int** i2 = (**int**)f;

## Note

During casting from a floating-point number to an integral type, fractional portion is truncated and no rounding is performed.

System.Convert has methods to round floating point values while converting between various numeric types.

Implicitly converting a integral type to a floating-point type preserves magnitude but may occasionally lose precision.

## Demo

using System;
class MainClass/* w ww. j a va2 s . c o m*/
{
public static void Main(**string**[] args)
{
**int** i1 = 100000001;
**float** f = i1; // Magnitude preserved, precision lost
**int** i2 = (**int**)f;
Console.WriteLine(i1);
Console.WriteLine(f);
Console.WriteLine(i2);
}
}

## Result

## Decimal conversions

A decimal value can represent every possible integral-type value in C#.

All integral types can be implicitly converted to the decimal type.

All other numeric conversions to and from a decimal type must be explicit.

## Related Topics