ataylor ataylor - 1 year ago 617
Java Question

BitSet to and from integer/long

If I have an integer that I'd like to perform bit manipulation on, how can I load it into a java.util.BitSet? How can I convert it back to an int or long? I'm not so concerned about the size of the BitSet -- it will always be 32 or 64 bits long. I'd just like to use the set(), clear(), nextSetBit(), and nextClearBit() methods rather than bitwise operators, but I can't find an easy way to initialize a bit set with a numeric type.

Answer Source

The following code creates a bit set from a long value and vice versa:

public class Bits {

  public static BitSet convert(long value) {
    BitSet bits = new BitSet();
    int index = 0;
    while (value != 0L) {
      if (value % 2L != 0) {
      value = value >>> 1;
    return bits;

  public static long convert(BitSet bits) {
    long value = 0L;
    for (int i = 0; i < bits.length(); ++i) {
      value += bits.get(i) ? (1L << i) : 0L;
    return value;

EDITED: Now both directions, @leftbrain: of cause, you are right

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