# Unsigned Right Shift Operator (>>>)

Right shifts the bits of an expression, without maintaining sign.

```
expression1 >>> expression2
```

## Arguments

*expression1*

Any numeric expression.*expression2*

Any numeric expression.

## Remarks

The **>>>** operator shifts the bits of *expression1* right by the number of bits specified in *expression2*. Zeroes are filled in from the left. Digits shifted off to the right are discarded. The data type of *expression1* determines the data type returned by this operator.

The **>>>** operator masks *expression2* to avoid shifting *expression1* by too much. Otherwise, if the shift amount exceeded the number of bits in the data type of *expression1*, all the original bits would be shifted away to give a trivial result. To ensure that each shift leaves at least one of the original bits, the shift operators use the following formula to calculate the actual shift amount: mask *expression2* (using the bitwise AND operator) with one less than the number of bits in *expression1*.

## Example

For example:

```
var temp
temp = -14 >>> 2
```

The variable *temp* has an initial value -14 (11111111 11111111 11111111 11110010 in two's complement binary). When it is shifted right two bits, the value equals 1073741820 (00111111 11111111 11111111 11111100 in binary).

To illustrate how the masking works, consider the following example.

```
var x : byte = 15;
// A byte stores 8 bits.
// The bits stored in x are 00001111
var y : byte = x >>> 10;
// Actual shift is 10 & (8-1) = 2
// The bits stored in y are 00000011
// The value of y is 3
print(y); // Prints 3
```

## Requirements

## See Also

#### Reference

Unsigned Right Shift Assignment Operator (>>>=)

Bitwise Left Shift Operator (<<)

Bitwise Right Shift Operator (>>)