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12.12 Bit Functions and Operators

Table 12.16 Bit Functions and Operators

NameDescription
BIT_COUNT() Return the number of bits that are set
& Bitwise AND
~ Bitwise inversion
| Bitwise OR
^ Bitwise XOR
<< Left shift
>> Right shift

Bit functions and operators comprise BIT_COUNT(), BIT_AND(), BIT_OR(), BIT_XOR(), &, |, ^, ~, <<, and >>. (BIT_AND(), BIT_OR(), and BIT_XOR() are aggregate functions described at Section 12.17.1, “GROUP BY (Aggregate) Function Descriptions”.) Bit functions and operators require BIGINT (64-bit integer) arguments and return BIGINT values, so they have a maximum range of 64 bits. Arguments of other types (such as the BINARY and VARBINARY binary string types) are converted to BIGINT and truncation might occur.

  • |

    Bitwise OR:

    mysql> SELECT 29 | 15;
            -> 31
    

    The result is an unsigned 64-bit integer.

  • &

    Bitwise AND:

    mysql> SELECT 29 & 15;
            -> 13
    

    The result is an unsigned 64-bit integer.

  • ^

    Bitwise XOR:

    mysql> SELECT 1 ^ 1;
            -> 0
    mysql> SELECT 1 ^ 0;
            -> 1
    mysql> SELECT 11 ^ 3;
            -> 8
    

    The result is an unsigned 64-bit integer.

  • <<

    Shifts a longlong (BIGINT) number to the left.

    mysql> SELECT 1 << 2;
            -> 4
    

    The result is an unsigned 64-bit integer. The value is truncated to 64 bits. In particular, if the shift count is greater or equal to the width of an unsigned 64-bit number, the result is zero.

  • >>

    Shifts a longlong (BIGINT) number to the right.

    mysql> SELECT 4 >> 2;
            -> 1
    

    The result is an unsigned 64-bit integer. The value is truncated to 64 bits. In particular, if the shift count is greater or equal to the width of an unsigned 64-bit number, the result is zero.

  • ~

    Invert all bits.

    mysql> SELECT 5 & ~1;
            -> 4
    

    The result is an unsigned 64-bit integer.

  • BIT_COUNT(N)

    Returns the number of bits that are set in the argument N.

    mysql> SELECT BIT_COUNT(29), BIT_COUNT(b'101010');
            -> 4, 3
    

User Comments
  Posted by greg gerard on October 25, 2005
That is an sample of utilisation:

SELECT
SUM(IF(rubrik & 1, 1, 0)) actus,
SUM(IF(rubrik & 2, 1, 0)) shopping,
SUM(IF(rubrik & 4, 1, 0)) utils,
SUM(IF(rubrik & 8, 1, 0)) communication,
SUM(IF(rubrik & 16, 1, 0)) services,
COUNT(user_id) AS total,
FROM preferences p

Where rubrik is an integer.
  Posted by Neil Davis on April 3, 2008
If you store your ip addresses as a 32 bit unsigned integer representation instead of strings(using INET_ATON()), you can use bitwise operators to pull the octets for grouping and sorting when you need to retrieve them:
select
ipAddress,
(ipAddress >> 24) as firstOctet,
(ipAddress>>16<<16)-(ipAddress>>24<<24)>>16 as secondOctet,
(ipAddress>>8<<8)-(ipAddress>>16<<16)>>8 as thirdOctet,
ipAddress-(ipAddress>>8<<8) as fourthOctet
from ips;
Result:
+------------+------------+-------------+------------+-------------+
| ipAddress | firstOctet | secondOctet | thirdOctet | fourthOctet |
+------------+------------+-------------+------------+-------------+
| 2082027709 | 124 | 25 | 56 | 189 |
| 2082027710 | 124 | 25 | 56 | 190 |
| 2082027711 | 124 | 25 | 56 | 191 |
| 2082093145 | 124 | 26 | 56 | 89 |
| 2082093146 | 124 | 26 | 56 | 90 |
+------------+------------+-------------+------------+-------------+

This way you don't need a string parser to separate the octets for display, drill down menus, sorting etc, and don't need to tear the octets apart with a string parser to put them in separate fields.

If these are your IP addresses I sincerely apologize. I just pulled them out of thin air to write this sql :D

There are 10 types of people in the world...
Sorry had to throw that in there 8)

There are probably "easier" ways to do this, but they aren't as efficient. I had a requirement for a tree view of ip addresses and this seems to be the easiest way to do it.

-Neil
  Posted by Phillip Temple on September 11, 2008
Neil, you will find the following more efficient:
ipAddress, (ipAddress >> 24) as firstOctet,
(ipAddress>>16) & 255 as secondOctet,
(ipAddress>>8) & 255 as thirdOctet,
ipAddress & 255 as fourthOctet
from ips;

Phillip.
  Posted by Ben Wiseley on August 7, 2009
This took me a while to figure out so, if it helps anyone...

If you want to turn on/off bit settings you do it like so, you need to do the &~ first and the | second.

Say prefs = 1636 (1024 | 512 | 64 | 32 | 4) and you want to turn off 512 and 64 and turn on 4 and not touch 1024

select prefs &~ 512 &~ 64 | 4;
1060

Even if prefs is 0 - you get the same result

Just make sure to put all the &~s first

  Posted by Will Entriken on December 11, 2009
@ greg gerard

In your case, could use SIGN() rather than IF. Or given that you are using SUM(), even could use >>:

SELECT
SUM(rubrik & 1) actus,
SUM(rubrik & 2)>>1 shopping,
SUM(rubrik & 4)>>2 utils,
SUM(rubrik & 8)>>3 communication,
SUM(rubrik & 16)>>4 services,
COUNT(user_id) AS total,
FROM preferences p

  Posted by Mark Cain on December 29, 2009
Seems there is a shortage of examples for bitwise logic in MySQL. Here is how I have used it:

I have a database of customers who buy services from a company. The status of the customer tells me what service(s) they use and if they are current in buying that service. So for an example lets say my services include:
Pool Service, lawn mowing, window washing, tree trimming, house painting, mobile oil change, etc.. (you get the idea).

I set a number scheme for the status such as:
1 = Prospective Customer
2 = Cancelled Service
4 = Pool Service
8 = lawn mowing
16 = window washing
32 = tree trimming
64 = house painting
128 = mobile oil change

With this scheme a customer who needs pool service (4) and window washing (16) will have a status of 20 (4 + 16). A prospect (1) who might be interested in a mobile oil change (128) would have a status of 129 (1+128). etc...

Bitwise logic allows me to select customers who buy particular services based on their status value.

SELECT * FROM customers WHERE status & 1
//returns all prospects)

SELECT * FROM customers WHERE status & 16
//returns all of my window washing customers even if they are cancelled

SELECT * FROM customers WHERE (status & 16) AND !(status & 2)
//returns all of my window washing customers but not the cancelled ones

SELECT * FROM customers WHERE status & 36
//returns all of my tree trimming AND pool service customers i.e. 32+4

SELECT * FROM customers WHERE status & 10
//returns all cancelled lawn moving customers i.e. 2+8

SELECT * FROM customers WHERE (status & 32) AND !(status & 128)
//returns all tree trimming customers who do not get a mobile oil change

  Posted by Chris Wagner on May 28, 2011
@Mark Cain.

What u just described is a reroll of FIND_IN_SET and ENUM.

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