Comparison operators (C# Reference)

The < (less than), > (greater than), <= (less than or equal), and >= (greater than or equal) comparison, also known as relational, operators compare their operands. Those operators support all integral and floating-point numeric types.

Note

For the ==, <, >, <=, and >= operators, if any of the operands is not a number (Double.NaN or Single.NaN), the result of operation is false. That means that the NaN value is neither greater than, less than, nor equal to any other double (or float) value, including NaN. For more information and examples, see the Double.NaN or Single.NaN reference article.

Enumeration types also support comparison operators. For operands of the same enum type, the corresponding values of the underlying integral type are compared.

The == and != operators check if their operands are equal or not.

Less than operator <

The < operator returns true if its first operand is less than its second operand, false otherwise:

Console.WriteLine(7.0 < 5.1);   // output: False
Console.WriteLine(5.1 < 5.1);   // output: False
Console.WriteLine(0.0 < 5.1);   // output: True

Console.WriteLine(double.NaN < 5.1);   // output: False
Console.WriteLine(double.NaN >= 5.1);  // output: False

Greater than operator >

The > operator returns true if its first operand is greater than its second operand, false otherwise:

Console.WriteLine(7.0 > 5.1);   // output: True
Console.WriteLine(5.1 > 5.1);   // output: False
Console.WriteLine(0.0 > 5.1);   // output: False

Console.WriteLine(double.NaN > 5.1);   // output: False
Console.WriteLine(double.NaN <= 5.1);  // output: False

Less than or equal operator <=

The <= operator returns true if its first operand is less than or equal to its second operand, false otherwise:

Console.WriteLine(7.0 <= 5.1);   // output: False
Console.WriteLine(5.1 <= 5.1);   // output: True
Console.WriteLine(0.0 <= 5.1);   // output: True

Console.WriteLine(double.NaN > 5.1);   // output: False
Console.WriteLine(double.NaN <= 5.1);  // output: False

Greater than or equal operator >=

The >= operator returns true if its first operand is greater than or equal to its second operand, false otherwise:

Console.WriteLine(7.0 >= 5.1);   // output: True
Console.WriteLine(5.1 >= 5.1);   // output: True
Console.WriteLine(0.0 >= 5.1);   // output: False

Console.WriteLine(double.NaN < 5.1);   // output: False
Console.WriteLine(double.NaN >= 5.1);  // output: False

Operator overloadability

A user-defined type can overload the <, >, <=, and >= operators.

If a type overloads one of the < or > operators, it must overload both < and >. If a type overloads one of the <= or >= operators, it must overload both <= and >=.

C# language specification

For more information, see the Relational and type-testing operators section of the C# language specification.

See also