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PHP Bitwise Operators

PHP : Bitwise operator

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Description

Bitwise operators allow to operate on the bitwise representation of their arguments.

Operator Name Example Result
& And $x & $y Bits that are set in both $x and $y are set.
| Or $x | $y Bits that are set in either $x or $y are set.
^ Xor $x ^ $y Bits that are set in $x or $y but not both are set.
~ Not ~$x Bits that are set in $x are not set, and vice versa.
<< Shift left $x << $y Shift the bits of $x $y steps to the left.#
>> Shift right $x >> $y Shift the bits of $x $y steps to the right.*

# Each step means 'multiply by two'
* Each step means 'divide by two'

What is a bit?

A bit (Binary digIT) is the basic unit of information stored in the computing system that exists in two possible states, represented as ON or OFF. In computer system, the ON state considered as 1 and OFF state considered as 0. These states can be compared with two states of a flip-flop, two states of an electric switch ( ON and OFF) e.t.c. These two values 0 and 1 are called Binary digit and these digits are in a specific number system, that is BINARY number system which construct upon the base of 2.

In decimal number system a number construct upon the base of 10. Let us see how a decimal number can be constructed -

  231=(2 x 102)+(3 x 101)+(1 x 100)
      =200+30+1
      =231

The binary number system also follows the same concept. Only difference is the base is 2 instead of 10. Let us see how a binary number can be converted into a decimal number -

1011010=(1 x 26)+(0 x 25)+(1 x 24)+(1 x 23)+(0 x 22)+(1 x 21)+(0 x 20)
          =(1 x 64) +(0 x 32)+(1 x 16)+(1 x 8)+(0 x 4)+(1 x 2)+(0 x 1)
          =64+0+16+8+0+2+0
          =90

So, (1011010)2= (90)10 

Byte

A byte is made up of a sequence of bits. Byte consists of eight bits. The maximum value of a byte is 255, so the place value of each bit is set.

Tabular representation of a byte

1 Byte ( 8 bits )
  8th 7th 6th 5th 4th 3rd 2nd 1st
Place value 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1

Here is a Tabular representation of a byte shows how the maximum value of a byte is 255

1 Byte ( 8 bits )
Place Value 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1    
  1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1    
  27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20    
  128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1 = 255

A decimal number 93 can be represent in binary form like bellow -

1 Byte ( 8 bits )
Place Value 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1    
  0 1 0 1 1 1 0 1    
  27 26 25 24 23 22 21 20    
  0 64 0 16 8 4 0 1 = 93

Bitwise AND

Example of PHP bitwise AND with one shared bit

<?php
$x=13;
$y=22;
echo $x & $y;
?>

Output of the example 

4

Explanation

So referring from our tables above it can be said that the only bit these two share is in the 3rd position on place value 4. So $x & $y = 4.

1 Byte ( 8 bits )
Place Value 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1    
$x 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 = 13
$y 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 = 22

In the above table, the value set for $x(13) in the 1st, 3rd and 4th place. The place value respectively are 1,4 and 8 and the value set for $y(22) in the 2nd, 3rd and 5th place with the corresponding place value 2, 4 and 16.

So you can see from the above table that, the only bit the $x and $y shared together is the 3rd bit. So 4 is returned

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Lets look at another example of the & operator which share more bits -

Example of PHP bitwise AND with two shared bit

<?php
$x=77;
$y=198;
echo $x & $y;
?>

Output of the example 

68

Explanation

1 Byte ( 8 bits )
Place Value 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1    
$x 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 = 77
$y 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 = 198

In the above table, the value set for $x(77) in the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 7th place. The place values are 1, 4, 8 and 64 and the value set for $y(198) in the 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 8th place with the corresponding place value 2, 4, 64 and 128.

So you can see from the above table that, bits those are shared by $x and $y together is the 3rd and 7th bits. So 64 + 4 = 68 returns.

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Bitwise OR

Example of PHP bitwise OR

<?php
$x=5;
$y=11;
echo $x | $y;
?>

Output of the example 

15

Explanation

1 Byte ( 8 bits )
Place Value 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1    
$x 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 = 5
$y 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 = 11

In the above table, the value set for $x(5) in the 1st and 3rd place. The place value respectively are 1 and 4, and the value set for $y(11) in the 1st, 2nd and 4th place with the corresponding place value 1, 2 and 8.

So you can see from the above table that, the $x and $y sets together either 1st or 2nd or 3rd or 4th bits. So return value is the addition of place value of the sets bits, that is 8+4+2+1=15.

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Bitwise XOR

The Xor operator also performs a bitwise comparison in two numeric expressions and sets the corresponding bit in result. When one and only one of the expression evaluates to true the result is true.

The below table shows how a XOR operation performs.

Expression1 Expression2 Result
False False False
False True True
True False True
True True False

The below table shows the bitwise comparison of bitwise XOR -

Bit in Expression1 Bit in Expression2 Result
0 0 0
0 1 1
1 0 1
1 1 0

Example of PHP bitwise XOR

<?php
$x=12;
$y=11;
echo $x ^ $y;
?>

Output of the example 

7

Explanation

1 Byte ( 8 bits )
Place Value 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1    
$x 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 = 12
$y 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 = 11

In the above table, the value set for $x(12) in the 3rd and 4th place. The place value respectively are 4 and 8, and the value sets for $y(11) in the 1st, 2nd and 4th place with the corresponding place value 1, 2 and 8.

So you can see from the above table that, the $x and $y sets together either 1st or 2nd or 3rd or 4th bits but they shared together only 4th bit. So return value is the addition of place value of the set bits but not the bit shared together, that is 4+2+1=7.

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Bitwise NOT

The below table will display how NOT operator perform on $x and $y and returns true when set bit of one expression is not set in another expression.

Example of PHP bitwise NOT using after AND

<?php
$x=12;
$y=10;
echo $x & ~ $y;
?>

Output of the example 

4

Explanation

1 Byte ( 8 bits )
Place Value 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1    
$x 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 = 12
$y 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 = 10

In the above table, the value set for $x(12) in the 3rd and 4th place. The place value respectively are 4 and 8, and the value sets for $y(10) in the 2nd and 4th place with the corresponding place value 2 and 8.

So you can see from the above table that, the $x and $y sets together either 1st or 2nd or 3rd or 4th bits but they shared together only 4th bit. So return value is the 4, because the only bit sets in $x but not in $y.

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Example of PHP bitwise NOT using before AND

<?php
$x=12;
$y=10;
echo ~ $x &  $y;
?>

Output of the example 

2

Explanation

In this case the return value is 2, because the bit set on $y but not on $x.

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Bit Shifting

If a and b are two numbers, BIT SHIFTING shifts a bits b number of steps. each step refers to multiply by two if it is BIT SHIFT LEFT. If it is BIT SHIFT RIGHT, then each step refers to division by two.

Example of PHP Bit Shifting ( left shift )

<?php
$x=8;
$y=3;
echo $x << $y;
?>

Output of the example 

64

Explanation

1 Byte ( 8 bits )
Place Value 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1    
$x 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 = 8
Output 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 64

In the above example, value of $x that is 8 is taken and a BIT SHIFT LEFT operation is performed. So, 8 is multiplied by 2 thrice. Thus we get 8 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 64.

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Advance example of PHP Bit Shifting ( left shift )

<?php
$x=12;
$y=4;
echo  $x << $y;
?>

Output of the example 

192

Explanation

In the above example, value of $x that is 12 is taken and a BIT SHIFT LEFT operation is performed. So, 12 is multiplied by 2 four times. Thus we get 12 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 192.

1 Byte ( 8 bits )
Place Value 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1    
$x 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 = 12
Output 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 192

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Example of PHP Bit Shifting ( right shift )

<?php
$x=8;
$y=3;
echo $x >> $y;
?>

Output of the example 

1

Explanation

1 Byte ( 8 bits )
Place Value 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1    
$x 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 = 8
Output 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 = 1

In the above example, value of $x that is 8 is taken and a BIT SHIFT RIGHT operation is performed. So, 8 is divided by 2 four times. Thus we get 8/2=4/2=2/2 = 1.

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Advance example of PHP Bit Shifting ( right shift )

<?php
$x=96;
$y=5;
echo  $x >> $y;
?>

Output of the example 

3

Explanation

1 Byte ( 8 bits )
Place Value 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1    
$x 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 = 96
Output 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 = 3

In the above example, value of $x that is 96 is taken and a BIT SHIFT RIGHT operation is performed. So, 96 is divided by 2 five times. Thus we get 96/2=48/2=24/2=12/2=6/2= 3.

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Example of PHP Bit Shifting ( right shift ) exceed step value

<?php
$x=64;
$y=7;
echo  $x >> $y; 
?>

Output of the example 

0

Explanation

1 Byte ( 8 bits )
Place Value 128 64 32 16 8 4 2 1    
$x 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 64
Output 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 0

In the above example, value of $x that is 64 is taken and a BIT SHIFT RIGHT operation is performed. So, 64 is divided by 2 seven times. While dividing at a certain point we don't have anything left to divide. Thus the return is 0.

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