Java long number too large error


Why do I get an int number is too large where the long is assigned to min and max?

long: The long data type is a 64-bit signed two's complement integer.
It has a minimum value of -9,223,372,036,854,775,808 and a maximum value of         9,223,372,036,854,775,807 (inclusive).
Use this data type when you need a range of values wider than those provided by int.
package Literals;

public class Literal_Long {
     public static void main(String[] args) {
        long a = 1;
        long b = 2;
        long min = -9223372036854775808;
        long max = 9223372036854775807;//Inclusive

        System.out.println(a + b);

Best Solution

All literal numbers in java are by default ints, which has range -2147483648 to 2147483647 inclusive.

Your literals are outside this range, so to make this compile you need to indicate they're long literals (ie suffix with L):

long min = -9223372036854775808L;
long max = 9223372036854775807L;

Note that java supports both uppercase L and lowercase l, but I recommend not using lowercase l because it looks like a 1:

long min = -9223372036854775808l; // confusing: looks like the last digit is a 1
long max = 9223372036854775807l; // confusing: looks like the last digit is a 1

Java Language Specification for the same

An integer literal is of type long if it is suffixed with an ASCII letter L or l (ell); otherwise it is of type int (ยง4.2.1).