JavaScript Tilde ~ ~~ Operator


Example

Double Tilde ~~ will perform bitwise NOT operation twice.

The following example illustrates use of the bitwise NOT (~~) operator on decimal numbers.

To keep the example simple, decimal number 3.5 will be used, cause of it's simple representation in binary format.

let number = 3.5;
let complement = ~number;

Result of the complement number equals to -4;

ExpressionBinary valueDecimal value
300000000 00000000 00000000 000000113
~~300000000 00000000 00000000 000000113
3.500000000 00000011.13.5
~~3.500000000 000000113

To simplify this, we can think of it as functions f2(n) = -(-(n+1) + 1) and g2(n) = -(-(integer(n)+1) + 1).

f2(n) will leave the integer number as it is.

let a = ~~-2; // a is now -2
let b = ~~-1; // b is now -1
let c = ~~0;  // c is now 0
let d = ~~1;  // d is now 1
let e = ~~2;  // e is now 2

g2(n) will essentially round positive numbers down and negative numbers up.

let a = ~~-2.5; // a is now -2
let b = ~~-1.5; // b is now -1
let c = ~~0.5;  // c is now 0
let d = ~~1.5;  // d is now 1
let e = ~~2.5;  // e is now 2