Java DecimalFormat example

In this post, we will see how to format a number using DecimalFormat in java.


DecimalFormat class is subclass of NumberFormat class and it is used to format numbers by using specify formatting pattern.We can format a number upto 2 decimal place,upto 3 decimal place, using comma to separate digits.

Creating DecimalFormat object

The string(i.e  pattern) we pass in DecimalFormat constructor specify format for the number.

DecimalFormat’s format method can be used to format a number.Once we create object of DecimalFormat object, we can call format method and pass the number as parameter.

Few  Number Format pattern are:

0It always displayed 0,if number has less digit
#A digit,leading zeros are ommitted and displayed fixed digit
.Marks decimal separator.
,Marks grouping separator.

Below examples will help you understand better.

PatternNumberFormatted String
00.##8.567 08.56
Below example shows the use of DecimalFormat in java:- 



In our above example, when we format upto 2 decimal place then number having more than two digits after decimal will print only two digits and in upto 3 decimal place will print upto only 3 digits if less than three digits are there than it will placed zero in the end.

Grouping the digits

You can group the digits starting from decimal by using method setGroupSize() on DecimalFormat object.

When you run above program, you will get below output


Please note that DecimalFormat is not thread safe means in multithreading environment don’t use DecimaFormat.

That’s all about DecimalFormat in java.

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