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## Why is 1 byte 255 and not 256?

A byte is a group of 8 bits. A bit is the most basic unit and can be either 1 or 0. A byte is not just 8 values between 0 and 1, but 256 (28) different combinations (rather permutations) ranging from 00000000 via e.g. 01010101 to 11111111 . Thus, one byte can represent a decimal number between 0(00) and 255.

## How many bytes is 255?

A byte has only 8 bits. A bit is a binary digit. So a byte can hold 2 (binary) ^ 8 numbers ranging from 0 to 2^8-1 = 255. It’s the same as asking why a 3 digit decimal number can represent values 0 through 999, which is answered in the same manner (10^3 – 1).

**How do you store 255 bytes?**

Just take an int, set it to 255 and then cast it to a byte. The cast will lop off the three high order bytes, leaving you with the byte value -1 (which is the same as 255 unsigned).

**Why is Java byte 128?**

Without getting into two’s complement: 2^8 (since a byte is 8 digits and can have 1 of 2 values) = 256, so the most individual values a byte can represent is 256. so, representing the numbers -128 to -1 is half our range.

### How FF is 255?

Since FF(hex) = 255(dec), it follows that 0xFF = 00FF if leading zeroes are not suppressed. Therefore x stands for 0. You might wonder that ‘ FF ‘ would be enough to represent 255 in hex( 15*(16^1)+ 15*(16^0) = 255) ,but why ‘0x’ is required? It is to tell the computer that the representation is in hexadecimal.

### Why is 255 the max?

The limit occurs due to an optimization technique where smaller strings are stored with the first byte holding the length of the string. Since a byte can only hold 256 different values, the maximum string length would be 255 since the first byte was reserved for storing the length.

**What is the binary of 255?**

11111111

255 (number)

← 254 255 256 → | |
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Binary | 111111112 |

Ternary | 1001103 |

Octal | 3778 |

Duodecimal | 19312 |

**How many bits is 255?**

8 bits

How Many Bits Does 255 in Binary Have? We can count the number of zeros and ones to see how many bits are used to represent 255 in binary i.e. 11111111. Therefore, we have used 8 bits to represent 255 in binary.

## What is bytes in Java?

byte: The byte data type is an 8-bit signed two’s complement integer. It has a minimum value of -128 and a maximum value of 127 (inclusive). The byte data type can be useful for saving memory in large arrays, where the memory savings actually matters.

## Are Java bytes unsigned?

Java doesn’t have unsigned bytes (0 to 255). To make an unsigned byte, we can cast the byte into an int and mask (bitwise and) the new int with a 0xff to get the last 8 bits or prevent sign extension.

**What is the range of byte in Java?**

byte: The byte data type is an 8-bit signed two’s complement integer. It has a minimum value of -128 and a maximum value of 127 (inclusive).

**Why does a byte only range from 0 to 255?**

Because a byte, by its standard definition, is 8 bits which can represent 256 values (0 through 255). Why does a byte only range from 0 to 255? It doesn’t. An octet has 8 bits, thus allowing for 2 8 possibilities. A byte is ill‐defined. One should not equate the two terms, as they are not completely interchangeable.

### How do I get the value of a single byte in Java?

If you want get 0~255 (unsigned byte) value in java: byte b = (byte) value; example: byte b = (byte) 200; int b = value & 0xFF;

### How do you interpret an unsigned BYTE in Java?

Use a byte and “manually” interpret it as unsigned (described below) A byte is always signed in Java, but nothing prevents you from viewing a byte simply as 8 bits and interpret those bits as a value between 0 and 255. Java‘s interpretation vs. your interpretation.

**Do I need&255 for 0-255 byte type?**

If you want 0-255, when you go to print it out, you always need to &255 (as JB Nizet did in his example) Show activity on this post. What’s wrong with byte type? If you only store data and don’t do arithmetic and don’t need decimal representation for other reasons then it should not matter that it is signed. Show activity on this post.