Operator (Default Implementation)Swift5.9.0


    Returns the result of shifting a value’s binary representation the specified number of digits to the right.

    static func >> <Other>(lhs: Self, rhs: Other) -> Self where Other : BinaryInteger



    The value to shift.


    The number of bits to shift lhs to the right.

    The >> operator performs a smart shift, which defines a result for a shift of any value.

    • Using a negative value for rhs performs a left shift using abs(rhs).

    • Using a value for rhs that is greater than or equal to the bit width of lhs is an overshift. An overshift results in -1 for a negative value of lhs or 0 for a nonnegative value.

    • Using any other value for rhs performs a right shift on lhs by that amount.

    The following example defines x as an instance of UInt8, an 8-bit, unsigned integer type. If you use 2 as the right-hand-side value in an operation on x, the value is shifted right by two bits.

    let x: UInt8 = 30                 // 0b00011110
    let y = x >> 2
    // y == 7                         // 0b00000111

    If you use 11 as rhs, x is overshifted such that all of its bits are set to zero.

    let z = x >> 11
    // z == 0                         // 0b00000000

    Using a negative value as rhs is the same as performing a left shift using abs(rhs).

    let a = x >> -3
    // a == 240                       // 0b11110000
    let b = x << 3
    // b == 240                       // 0b11110000

    Right shift operations on negative values “fill in” the high bits with ones instead of zeros.

    let q: Int8 = -30                 // 0b11100010
    let r = q >> 2
    // r == -8                        // 0b11111000
    let s = q >> 11
    // s == -1                        // 0b11111111