 # Operator Precedence in Java Programming

###### Operators in Java

In this lesson, we will learn what is the rule of Operator Precedence in Java programming and how it works with some examples.

## What is Operator Precedence

Operator Precedence in Java programming is a rule that describe which operator is solved first in an expression. For example: * and / have same precedence and their associativity is Left to Right, so the expression 18 / 2 * 5 is treated as (18 / 2) * 5.

Let's take another example say x = 8 + 4 * 2; here value of x will be 16 and not 24 why, because * operator has a higher precedence than + operator. So 4*2 gets multiplied first and then adds into 8.

Operator Associativity means how operators of the same precedence are evaluated in an expression. Associativity can be either from left to right or right to left.

The table below shows all the operators in Java with precedence and associativity. ### Precedence and Associativity of Java Operators

 OPERATOR DESCRIPTION ASSOCIATIVITY ( )[ ]. ParenthesesArray SubscriptMember Selector left to right ++-- Post-IncrementPost-Decrement right to left ++--+-!~(type)new Pre-IncrementPre-DecrementUnary PlusUnary MinusUnary Logical NegationUnary Bitwise ComplementUnary CastObject Creation right to left * / % Multiplication, Division and Modulus left to right + - Addition and Subtraction left to right << >> Bitwise leftshift and right shift left to right < <=> >= relational less than / less than or equal torelational greater than / greater than or equal to left to right == != Relational equal to / not equal to left to right & Bitwise AND left to right ^ Bitwise exclusive OR left to right | Bitwise inclusive OR left to right && Logical AND left to right || Logical OR left to right ? : Ternary operator right to left =+= -=*= /=%= &=^= |=<<= >>=>>> Assignment operatorAddition / subtraction assignmentMultiplication / division assignmentModulus and bitwise assignmentBitwise exclusive / inclusive OR assignmentBitwise leftshift / rightshift assignment Bitwise right shift with zero extension right to left

Please don't get confused after seeing the above table. They all are used in a different situation but not all at the same time. For solving basic equation we will consider the following operator precedence only.

• ( ) Brackets will be solved first.
• * / % Which ever come first from left to right in your equation.
• + - Which ever come first from left to right in your equation.

Now let's see some examples for more understanding.

#### Example 1

```45 % 2 + 3 * 2
45 % 2 + 3 * 2   will be solved as per operator precedence rule
1 + 3 * 2    will be solved as per operator precedence rule
1 + 6    will be solved as per operator precedence rule
```19 + (5 / 2) + 4 % 2 - 6 * 3