# Math.Max Method

## Definition

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Returns the larger of two specified numbers.

## Overloads

Max(UIntPtr, UIntPtr) |
Returns the larger of two native unsigned integers. |

Max(UInt32, UInt32) |
Returns the larger of two 32-bit unsigned integers. |

Max(UInt16, UInt16) |
Returns the larger of two 16-bit unsigned integers. |

Max(Single, Single) |
Returns the larger of two single-precision floating-point numbers. |

Max(SByte, SByte) |
Returns the larger of two 8-bit signed integers. |

Max(IntPtr, IntPtr) |
Returns the larger of two native signed integers. |

Max(UInt64, UInt64) |
Returns the larger of two 64-bit unsigned integers. |

Max(Int32, Int32) |
Returns the larger of two 32-bit signed integers. |

Max(Int16, Int16) |
Returns the larger of two 16-bit signed integers. |

Max(Double, Double) |
Returns the larger of two double-precision floating-point numbers. |

Max(Decimal, Decimal) |
Returns the larger of two decimal numbers. |

Max(Byte, Byte) |
Returns the larger of two 8-bit unsigned integers. |

Max(Int64, Int64) |
Returns the larger of two 64-bit signed integers. |

## Examples

The following example demonstrates how to use the Max method to return and display the greater of two variables:

```
// This example demonstrates Math.Max()
using namespace System;
int main()
{
String^ str = "{0}: The greater of {1,3} and {2,3} is {3}.";
String^ nl = Environment::NewLine;
Byte xByte1 = 1,xByte2 = 51;
short xShort1 = -2,xShort2 = 52;
int xInt1 = -3,xInt2 = 53;
long xLong1 = -4,xLong2 = 54;
float xSingle1 = 5.0f,xSingle2 = 55.0f;
double xDouble1 = 6.0,xDouble2 = 56.0;
Decimal xDecimal1 = 7,xDecimal2 = 57;
// The following types are not CLS-compliant.
SByte xSbyte1 = 101,xSbyte2 = 111;
UInt16 xUshort1 = 102,xUshort2 = 112;
UInt32 xUint1 = 103,xUint2 = 113;
UInt64 xUlong1 = 104,xUlong2 = 114;
Console::WriteLine( "{0}Display the greater of two values:{0}", nl );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Byte ", xByte1, xByte2, Math::Max( xByte1, xByte2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Int16 ", xShort1, xShort2, Math::Max( xShort1, xShort2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Int32 ", xInt1, xInt2, Math::Max( xInt1, xInt2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Int64 ", xLong1, xLong2, Math::Max( xLong1, xLong2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Single ", xSingle1, xSingle2, Math::Max( xSingle1, xSingle2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Double ", xDouble1, xDouble2, Math::Max( xDouble1, xDouble2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Decimal", xDecimal1, xDecimal2, Math::Max( xDecimal1, xDecimal2 ) );
//
Console::WriteLine( "{0}The following types are not CLS-compliant.{0}", nl );
Console::WriteLine( str, "SByte ", xSbyte1, xSbyte2, Math::Max( xSbyte1, xSbyte2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "UInt16 ", xUshort1, xUshort2, Math::Max( xUshort1, xUshort2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "UInt32 ", xUint1, xUint2, Math::Max( xUint1, xUint2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "UInt64 ", xUlong1, xUlong2, Math::Max( xUlong1, xUlong2 ) );
}
/*
This example produces the following results:
Display the greater of two values:
Byte : The greater of 1 and 51 is 51.
Int16 : The greater of -2 and 52 is 52.
Int32 : The greater of -3 and 53 is 53.
Int64 : The greater of -4 and 54 is 54.
Single : The greater of 5 and 55 is 55.
Double : The greater of 6 and 56 is 56.
Decimal: The greater of 7 and 57 is 57.
(The following types are not CLS-compliant.)
SByte : The greater of 101 and 111 is 111.
UInt16 : The greater of 102 and 112 is 112.
UInt32 : The greater of 103 and 113 is 113.
UInt64 : The greater of 104 and 114 is 114.
*/
```

```
string str = "{0}: The greater of {1,3} and {2,3} is {3}.";
byte xByte1 = 1, xByte2 = 51;
short xShort1 = -2, xShort2 = 52;
int xInt1 = -3, xInt2 = 53;
long xLong1 = -4, xLong2 = 54;
float xSingle1 = 5.0f, xSingle2 = 55.0f;
double xDouble1 = 6.0, xDouble2 = 56.0;
Decimal xDecimal1 = 7m, xDecimal2 = 57m;
// The following types are not CLS-compliant.
sbyte xSbyte1 = 101, xSbyte2 = 111;
ushort xUshort1 = 102, xUshort2 = 112;
uint xUint1 = 103, xUint2 = 113;
ulong xUlong1 = 104, xUlong2 = 114;
Console.WriteLine("Display the greater of two values:\n");
Console.WriteLine(str, "Byte ", xByte1, xByte2, Math.Max(xByte1, xByte2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int16 ", xShort1, xShort2, Math.Max(xShort1, xShort2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int32 ", xInt1, xInt2, Math.Max(xInt1, xInt2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int64 ", xLong1, xLong2, Math.Max(xLong1, xLong2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Single ", xSingle1, xSingle2, Math.Max(xSingle1, xSingle2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Double ", xDouble1, xDouble2, Math.Max(xDouble1, xDouble2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Decimal", xDecimal1, xDecimal2, Math.Max(xDecimal1, xDecimal2));
Console.WriteLine("\nThe following types are not CLS-compliant.\n");
Console.WriteLine(str, "SByte ", xSbyte1, xSbyte2, Math.Max(xSbyte1, xSbyte2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt16 ", xUshort1, xUshort2, Math.Max(xUshort1, xUshort2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt32 ", xUint1, xUint2, Math.Max(xUint1, xUint2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt64 ", xUlong1, xUlong2, Math.Max(xUlong1, xUlong2));
/*
This example produces the following results:
Display the greater of two values:
Byte : The greater of 1 and 51 is 51.
Int16 : The greater of -2 and 52 is 52.
Int32 : The greater of -3 and 53 is 53.
Int64 : The greater of -4 and 54 is 54.
Single : The greater of 5 and 55 is 55.
Double : The greater of 6 and 56 is 56.
Decimal: The greater of 7 and 57 is 57.
(The following types are not CLS-compliant.)
SByte : The greater of 101 and 111 is 111.
UInt16 : The greater of 102 and 112 is 112.
UInt32 : The greater of 103 and 113 is 113.
UInt64 : The greater of 104 and 114 is 114.
*/
```

```
' This example demonstrates Math.Max()
Class Sample
Public Shared Sub Main()
Dim str As String = "{0}: The greater of {1,3} and {2,3} is {3}."
Dim nl As String = Environment.NewLine
Dim xByte1 As Byte = 1
Dim xByte2 As Byte = 51
Dim xShort1 As Short = - 2
Dim xShort2 As Short = 52
Dim xInt1 As Integer = - 3
Dim xInt2 As Integer = 53
Dim xLong1 As Long = - 4
Dim xLong2 As Long = 54
Dim xSingle1 As Single = 5F
Dim xSingle2 As Single = 55F
Dim xDouble1 As Double = 6.0
Dim xDouble2 As Double = 56.0
Dim xDecimal1 As [Decimal] = 7D
Dim xDecimal2 As [Decimal] = 57D
' The following types are not CLS-compliant.
Dim xSByte1 As SByte = 101
Dim xSByte2 As SByte = 111
Dim xUShort1 As UShort = 102
Dim xUShort2 As UShort = 112
Dim xUint1 As UInteger = 103
Dim xUint2 As UInteger = 113
Dim xUlong1 As ULong = 104
Dim xUlong2 As ULong = 114
Console.WriteLine("{0}Display the greater of two values:{0}", nl)
Console.WriteLine(str, "Byte ", xByte1, xByte2, Math.Max(xByte1, xByte2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int16 ", xShort1, xShort2, Math.Max(xShort1, xShort2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int32 ", xInt1, xInt2, Math.Max(xInt1, xInt2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int64 ", xLong1, xLong2, Math.Max(xLong1, xLong2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Single ", xSingle1, xSingle2, Math.Max(xSingle1, xSingle2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Double ", xDouble1, xDouble2, Math.Max(xDouble1, xDouble2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Decimal", xDecimal1, xDecimal2, Math.Max(xDecimal1, xDecimal2))
'
Console.WriteLine("{0}(The following types are not CLS-compliant.){0}", nl)
Console.WriteLine(str, "SByte ", xSByte1, xSByte2, Math.Max(xSByte1, xSByte2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt16 ", xUShort1, xUShort2, Math.Max(xUShort1, xUShort2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt32 ", xUint1, xUint2, Math.Max(xUint1, xUint2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt64 ", xUlong1, xUlong2, Math.Max(xUlong1, xUlong2))
End Sub
End Class
'
'This example produces the following results:
'
'Display the greater of two values:
'
'Byte : The greater of 1 and 51 is 51.
'Int16 : The greater of -2 and 52 is 52.
'Int32 : The greater of -3 and 53 is 53.
'Int64 : The greater of -4 and 54 is 54.
'Single : The greater of 5 and 55 is 55.
'Double : The greater of 6 and 56 is 56.
'Decimal: The greater of 7 and 57 is 57.
'
' (The following types are not CLS-compliant.)
'
' SByte : The greater of 101 and 111 is 111.
' UInt16 : The greater of 102 and 112 is 112.
' UInt32 : The greater of 103 and 113 is 113.
' UInt64 : The greater of 104 and 114 is 114.
```

## Max(UIntPtr, UIntPtr)

Important

This API is not CLS-compliant.

Returns the larger of two native unsigned integers.

```
public:
static UIntPtr Max(UIntPtr val1, UIntPtr val2);
```

```
[System.CLSCompliant(false)]
public static UIntPtr Max (UIntPtr val1, UIntPtr val2);
```

```
[<System.CLSCompliant(false)>]
static member Max : unativeint * unativeint -> unativeint
```

`Public Shared Function Max (val1 As UIntPtr, val2 As UIntPtr) As UIntPtr`

#### Parameters

- val1
- UIntPtr

The first of two native unsigned integers to compare.

- val2
- UIntPtr

The second of two native unsigned integers to compare.

#### Returns

Parameter `val1`

or `val2`

, whichever is larger.

- Attributes

### Applies to

## Max(UInt32, UInt32)

Important

This API is not CLS-compliant.

Returns the larger of two 32-bit unsigned integers.

```
public:
static System::UInt32 Max(System::UInt32 val1, System::UInt32 val2);
```

```
[System.CLSCompliant(false)]
public static uint Max (uint val1, uint val2);
```

```
[<System.CLSCompliant(false)>]
static member Max : uint32 * uint32 -> uint32
```

`Public Shared Function Max (val1 As UInteger, val2 As UInteger) As UInteger`

#### Parameters

- val1
- UInt32

The first of two 32-bit unsigned integers to compare.

- val2
- UInt32

The second of two 32-bit unsigned integers to compare.

#### Returns

Parameter `val1`

or `val2`

, whichever is larger.

- Attributes

### Applies to

## Max(UInt16, UInt16)

Important

This API is not CLS-compliant.

Returns the larger of two 16-bit unsigned integers.

```
public:
static System::UInt16 Max(System::UInt16 val1, System::UInt16 val2);
```

```
[System.CLSCompliant(false)]
public static ushort Max (ushort val1, ushort val2);
```

```
[<System.CLSCompliant(false)>]
static member Max : uint16 * uint16 -> uint16
```

`Public Shared Function Max (val1 As UShort, val2 As UShort) As UShort`

#### Parameters

- val1
- UInt16

The first of two 16-bit unsigned integers to compare.

- val2
- UInt16

The second of two 16-bit unsigned integers to compare.

#### Returns

Parameter `val1`

or `val2`

, whichever is larger.

- Attributes

### Applies to

## Max(Single, Single)

Returns the larger of two single-precision floating-point numbers.

```
public:
static float Max(float val1, float val2);
```

`public static float Max (float val1, float val2);`

`static member Max : single * single -> single`

`Public Shared Function Max (val1 As Single, val2 As Single) As Single`

#### Parameters

- val1
- Single

The first of two single-precision floating-point numbers to compare.

- val2
- Single

The second of two single-precision floating-point numbers to compare.

#### Returns

Parameter `val1`

or `val2`

, whichever is larger. If `val1`

, or `val2`

, or both `val1`

and `val2`

are equal to NaN, NaN is returned.

### Applies to

## Max(SByte, SByte)

Important

This API is not CLS-compliant.

Returns the larger of two 8-bit signed integers.

```
public:
static System::SByte Max(System::SByte val1, System::SByte val2);
```

```
[System.CLSCompliant(false)]
public static sbyte Max (sbyte val1, sbyte val2);
```

```
[<System.CLSCompliant(false)>]
static member Max : sbyte * sbyte -> sbyte
```

`Public Shared Function Max (val1 As SByte, val2 As SByte) As SByte`

#### Parameters

- val1
- SByte

The first of two 8-bit signed integers to compare.

- val2
- SByte

The second of two 8-bit signed integers to compare.

#### Returns

Parameter `val1`

or `val2`

, whichever is larger.

- Attributes

### Applies to

## Max(IntPtr, IntPtr)

Returns the larger of two native signed integers.

```
public:
static IntPtr Max(IntPtr val1, IntPtr val2);
```

`public static IntPtr Max (IntPtr val1, IntPtr val2);`

`static member Max : nativeint * nativeint -> nativeint`

`Public Shared Function Max (val1 As IntPtr, val2 As IntPtr) As IntPtr`

#### Parameters

- val1
- IntPtr

The first of two native signed integers to compare.

- val2
- IntPtr

The second of two native signed integers to compare.

#### Returns

Parameter `val1`

or `val2`

, whichever is larger.

### Applies to

## Max(UInt64, UInt64)

Important

This API is not CLS-compliant.

Returns the larger of two 64-bit unsigned integers.

```
public:
static System::UInt64 Max(System::UInt64 val1, System::UInt64 val2);
```

```
[System.CLSCompliant(false)]
public static ulong Max (ulong val1, ulong val2);
```

```
[<System.CLSCompliant(false)>]
static member Max : uint64 * uint64 -> uint64
```

`Public Shared Function Max (val1 As ULong, val2 As ULong) As ULong`

#### Parameters

- val1
- UInt64

The first of two 64-bit unsigned integers to compare.

- val2
- UInt64

The second of two 64-bit unsigned integers to compare.

#### Returns

Parameter `val1`

or `val2`

, whichever is larger.

- Attributes

### Applies to

## Max(Int32, Int32)

Returns the larger of two 32-bit signed integers.

```
public:
static int Max(int val1, int val2);
```

`public static int Max (int val1, int val2);`

`static member Max : int * int -> int`

`Public Shared Function Max (val1 As Integer, val2 As Integer) As Integer`

#### Parameters

- val1
- Int32

The first of two 32-bit signed integers to compare.

- val2
- Int32

The second of two 32-bit signed integers to compare.

#### Returns

Parameter `val1`

or `val2`

, whichever is larger.

### Applies to

## Max(Int16, Int16)

Returns the larger of two 16-bit signed integers.

```
public:
static short Max(short val1, short val2);
```

`public static short Max (short val1, short val2);`

`static member Max : int16 * int16 -> int16`

`Public Shared Function Max (val1 As Short, val2 As Short) As Short`

#### Parameters

- val1
- Int16

The first of two 16-bit signed integers to compare.

- val2
- Int16

The second of two 16-bit signed integers to compare.

#### Returns

Parameter `val1`

or `val2`

, whichever is larger.

### Applies to

## Max(Double, Double)

Returns the larger of two double-precision floating-point numbers.

```
public:
static double Max(double val1, double val2);
```

`public static double Max (double val1, double val2);`

`static member Max : double * double -> double`

`Public Shared Function Max (val1 As Double, val2 As Double) As Double`

#### Parameters

- val1
- Double

The first of two double-precision floating-point numbers to compare.

- val2
- Double

The second of two double-precision floating-point numbers to compare.

#### Returns

Parameter `val1`

or `val2`

, whichever is larger. If `val1`

, `val2`

, or both `val1`

and `val2`

are equal to NaN, NaN is returned.

### Applies to

## Max(Decimal, Decimal)

Returns the larger of two decimal numbers.

```
public:
static System::Decimal Max(System::Decimal val1, System::Decimal val2);
```

`public static decimal Max (decimal val1, decimal val2);`

`static member Max : decimal * decimal -> decimal`

`Public Shared Function Max (val1 As Decimal, val2 As Decimal) As Decimal`

#### Parameters

- val1
- Decimal

The first of two decimal numbers to compare.

- val2
- Decimal

The second of two decimal numbers to compare.

#### Returns

Parameter `val1`

or `val2`

, whichever is larger.

### Applies to

## Max(Byte, Byte)

Returns the larger of two 8-bit unsigned integers.

```
public:
static System::Byte Max(System::Byte val1, System::Byte val2);
```

`public static byte Max (byte val1, byte val2);`

`static member Max : byte * byte -> byte`

`Public Shared Function Max (val1 As Byte, val2 As Byte) As Byte`

#### Parameters

- val1
- Byte

The first of two 8-bit unsigned integers to compare.

- val2
- Byte

The second of two 8-bit unsigned integers to compare.

#### Returns

Parameter `val1`

or `val2`

, whichever is larger.

### Applies to

## Max(Int64, Int64)

Returns the larger of two 64-bit signed integers.

```
public:
static long Max(long val1, long val2);
```

`public static long Max (long val1, long val2);`

`static member Max : int64 * int64 -> int64`

`Public Shared Function Max (val1 As Long, val2 As Long) As Long`

#### Parameters

- val1
- Int64

The first of two 64-bit signed integers to compare.

- val2
- Int64

The second of two 64-bit signed integers to compare.

#### Returns

Parameter `val1`

or `val2`

, whichever is larger.