# & Operator (C# Reference)

The & operator can function as either a unary or a binary operator.

## Remarks

The unary & operator returns the address of its operand (requires unsafe context).

Binary & operators are predefined for the integral types and bool. For integral types, & computes the logical bitwise AND of its operands. For bool operands, & computes the logical AND of its operands; that is, the result is true if and only if both its operands are true.

The & operator evaluates both operators regardless of the first one's value. For example:

```
int i = 0;
if (false & ++i == 1)
{
// i is incremented, but the conditional
// expression evaluates to false, so
// this block does not execute.
}
```

User-defined types can overload the binary & operator (see operator). Operations on integral types are generally allowed on enumeration. When a binary operator is overloaded, the corresponding assignment operator, if any, is also implicitly overloaded.

## Example

```
class BitwiseAnd
{
static void Main()
{
Console.WriteLine(true & false); // logical and
Console.WriteLine(true & true); // logical and
Console.WriteLine("0x{0:x}", 0xf8 & 0x3f); // bitwise and
}
}
/*
Output:
False
True
0x38
*/
```