Math.Min Method
Definition
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Returns the smaller of two numbers.
Overloads
Min(UInt32, UInt32) 
Returns the smaller of two 32bit unsigned integers. 
Min(UInt16, UInt16) 
Returns the smaller of two 16bit unsigned integers. 
Min(Single, Single) 
Returns the smaller of two singleprecision floatingpoint numbers. 
Min(SByte, SByte) 
Returns the smaller of two 8bit signed integers. 
Min(IntPtr, IntPtr) 
Returns the smaller of two native signed integers. 
Min(Double, Double) 
Returns the smaller of two doubleprecision floatingpoint numbers. 
Min(Int32, Int32) 
Returns the smaller of two 32bit signed integers. 
Min(Int16, Int16) 
Returns the smaller of two 16bit signed integers. 
Min(Decimal, Decimal) 
Returns the smaller of two decimal numbers. 
Min(Byte, Byte) 
Returns the smaller of two 8bit unsigned integers. 
Min(UInt64, UInt64) 
Returns the smaller of two 64bit unsigned integers. 
Min(Int64, Int64) 
Returns the smaller of two 64bit signed integers. 
Min(UIntPtr, UIntPtr) 
Returns the smaller of two native unsigned integers. 
Examples
The following example demonstrates how to use the Min method to return and display the smaller of two variables:
// This example demonstrates Math.Min()
using namespace System;
int main()
{
String^ str = "{0}: The lesser of {1,3} and {2,3} is {3}.";
String^ nl = Environment::NewLine;
Byte xByte1 = 1,xByte2 = 51;
short xShort1 = 2,xShort2 = 52;
int xInt1 = 3,xInt2 = 53;
long xLong1 = 4,xLong2 = 54;
float xSingle1 = 5.0f,xSingle2 = 55.0f;
double xDouble1 = 6.0,xDouble2 = 56.0;
Decimal xDecimal1 = 7,xDecimal2 = 57;
// The following types are not CLScompliant.
SByte xSbyte1 = 101,xSbyte2 = 111;
UInt16 xUshort1 = 102,xUshort2 = 112;
UInt32 xUint1 = 103,xUint2 = 113;
UInt64 xUlong1 = 104,xUlong2 = 114;
Console::WriteLine( "{0}Display the lesser of two values:{0}", nl );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Byte ", xByte1, xByte2, Math::Min( xByte1, xByte2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Int16 ", xShort1, xShort2, Math::Min( xShort1, xShort2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Int32 ", xInt1, xInt2, Math::Min( xInt1, xInt2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Int64 ", xLong1, xLong2, Math::Min( xLong1, xLong2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Single ", xSingle1, xSingle2, Math::Min( xSingle1, xSingle2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Double ", xDouble1, xDouble2, Math::Min( xDouble1, xDouble2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "Decimal", xDecimal1, xDecimal2, Math::Min( xDecimal1, xDecimal2 ) );
//
Console::WriteLine( "{0}The following types are not CLScompliant:{0}", nl );
Console::WriteLine( str, "SByte ", xSbyte1, xSbyte2, Math::Min( xSbyte1, xSbyte2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "UInt16 ", xUshort1, xUshort2, Math::Min( xUshort1, xUshort2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "UInt32 ", xUint1, xUint2, Math::Min( xUint1, xUint2 ) );
Console::WriteLine( str, "UInt64 ", xUlong1, xUlong2, Math::Min( xUlong1, xUlong2 ) );
}
/*
This example produces the following results:
Display the lesser of two values:
Byte : The lesser of 1 and 51 is 1.
Int16 : The lesser of 2 and 52 is 2.
Int32 : The lesser of 3 and 53 is 3.
Int64 : The lesser of 4 and 54 is 4.
Single : The lesser of 5 and 55 is 5.
Double : The lesser of 6 and 56 is 6.
Decimal: The lesser of 7 and 57 is 7.
The following types are not CLScompliant:
SByte : The lesser of 101 and 111 is 101.
UInt16 : The lesser of 102 and 112 is 102.
UInt32 : The lesser of 103 and 113 is 103.
UInt64 : The lesser of 104 and 114 is 104.
*/
string str = "{0}: The lesser of {1,3} and {2,3} is {3}.";
byte xByte1 = 1, xByte2 = 51;
short xShort1 = 2, xShort2 = 52;
int xInt1 = 3, xInt2 = 53;
long xLong1 = 4, xLong2 = 54;
float xSingle1 = 5.0f, xSingle2 = 55.0f;
double xDouble1 = 6.0, xDouble2 = 56.0;
Decimal xDecimal1 = 7m, xDecimal2 = 57m;
// The following types are not CLScompliant.
sbyte xSbyte1 = 101, xSbyte2 = 111;
ushort xUshort1 = 102, xUshort2 = 112;
uint xUint1 = 103, xUint2 = 113;
ulong xUlong1 = 104, xUlong2 = 114;
Console.WriteLine("Display the lesser of two values:\n");
Console.WriteLine(str, "Byte ", xByte1, xByte2, Math.Min(xByte1, xByte2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int16 ", xShort1, xShort2, Math.Min(xShort1, xShort2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int32 ", xInt1, xInt2, Math.Min(xInt1, xInt2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int64 ", xLong1, xLong2, Math.Min(xLong1, xLong2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Single ", xSingle1, xSingle2, Math.Min(xSingle1, xSingle2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Double ", xDouble1, xDouble2, Math.Min(xDouble1, xDouble2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "Decimal", xDecimal1, xDecimal2, Math.Min(xDecimal1, xDecimal2));
Console.WriteLine("\nThe following types are not CLScompliant:\n");
Console.WriteLine(str, "SByte ", xSbyte1, xSbyte2, Math.Min(xSbyte1, xSbyte2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt16 ", xUshort1, xUshort2, Math.Min(xUshort1, xUshort2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt32 ", xUint1, xUint2, Math.Min(xUint1, xUint2));
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt64 ", xUlong1, xUlong2, Math.Min(xUlong1, xUlong2));
/*
This example produces the following results:
Display the lesser of two values:
Byte : The lesser of 1 and 51 is 1.
Int16 : The lesser of 2 and 52 is 2.
Int32 : The lesser of 3 and 53 is 3.
Int64 : The lesser of 4 and 54 is 4.
Single : The lesser of 5 and 55 is 5.
Double : The lesser of 6 and 56 is 6.
Decimal: The lesser of 7 and 57 is 7.
The following types are not CLScompliant:
SByte : The lesser of 101 and 111 is 101.
UInt16 : The lesser of 102 and 112 is 102.
UInt32 : The lesser of 103 and 113 is 103.
UInt64 : The lesser of 104 and 114 is 104.
*/
open System
let print typ a b m =
printfn $"{typ}: The lesser of {a,3} and {b,3} is {m}."
let xByte1, xByte2 = 1uy, 51uy
let xShort1, xShort2 = 2s, 52s
let xInt1, xInt2 = 3, 53
let xLong1, xLong2 = 4L, 54L
let xSingle1, xSingle2 = 5f, 55f
let xDouble1, xDouble2 = 6., 56.
let xDecimal1, xDecimal2 = 7m, 57m
// The following types are not CLScompliant.
let xSbyte1, xSbyte2 = 101y, 111y
let xUshort1, xUshort2 = 102us, 112us
let xUint1, xUint2 = 103u, 113u
let xUlong1, xUlong2 = 104uL, 114uL
printfn "Display the lesser of two values:\n"
print "Byte " xByte1 xByte2 (Math.Min(xByte1, xByte2))
print "Int16 " xShort1 xShort2 (Math.Min(xShort1, xShort2))
print "Int32 " xInt1 xInt2 (Math.Min(xInt1, xInt2))
print "Int64 " xLong1 xLong2 (Math.Min(xLong1, xLong2))
print "Single " xSingle1 xSingle2 (Math.Min(xSingle1, xSingle2))
print "Double " xDouble1 xDouble2 (Math.Min(xDouble1, xDouble2))
print "Decimal" xDecimal1 xDecimal2 (Math.Min(xDecimal1, xDecimal2))
printfn"\nThe following types are not CLScompliant:\n"
print "SByte " xSbyte1 xSbyte2 (Math.Min(xSbyte1, xSbyte2))
print "UInt16 " xUshort1 xUshort2 (Math.Min(xUshort1, xUshort2))
print "UInt32 " xUint1 xUint2 (Math.Min(xUint1, xUint2))
print "UInt64 " xUlong1 xUlong2 (Math.Min(xUlong1, xUlong2))
// This example produces the following results:
// Display the lesser of two values:
//
// Byte : The lesser of 1 and 51 is 1.
// Int16 : The lesser of 2 and 52 is 2.
// Int32 : The lesser of 3 and 53 is 3.
// Int64 : The lesser of 4 and 54 is 4.
// Single : The lesser of 5 and 55 is 5.
// Double : The lesser of 6 and 56 is 6.
// Decimal: The lesser of 7 and 57 is 7.
//
// The following types are not CLScompliant:
//
// SByte : The lesser of 101 and 111 is 101.
// UInt16 : The lesser of 102 and 112 is 102.
// UInt32 : The lesser of 103 and 113 is 103.
// UInt64 : The lesser of 104 and 114 is 104.
' This example demonstrates Math.Min()
Class Sample
Public Shared Sub Main()
Dim str As String = "{0}: The lesser of {1,3} and {2,3} is {3}."
Dim nl As String = Environment.NewLine
Dim xByte1 As Byte = 1
Dim xByte2 As Byte = 51
Dim xShort1 As Short =  2
Dim xShort2 As Short = 52
Dim xInt1 As Integer =  3
Dim xInt2 As Integer = 53
Dim xLong1 As Long =  4
Dim xLong2 As Long = 54
Dim xSingle1 As Single = 5F
Dim xSingle2 As Single = 55F
Dim xDouble1 As Double = 6.0
Dim xDouble2 As Double = 56.0
Dim xDecimal1 As [Decimal] = 7D
Dim xDecimal2 As [Decimal] = 57D
' The following types are not CLScompliant.
Dim xSbyte1 As SByte = 101
Dim xSbyte2 As SByte = 111
Dim xUshort1 As UShort = 102
Dim xUshort2 As UShort = 112
Dim xUint1 As UInteger = 103
Dim xUint2 As UInteger = 113
Dim xUlong1 As ULong = 104
Dim xUlong2 As ULong = 114
Console.WriteLine("{0}Display the lesser of two values:{0}", nl)
Console.WriteLine(str, "Byte ", xByte1, xByte2, Math.Min(xByte1, xByte2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int16 ", xShort1, xShort2, Math.Min(xShort1, xShort2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int32 ", xInt1, xInt2, Math.Min(xInt1, xInt2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Int64 ", xLong1, xLong2, Math.Min(xLong1, xLong2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Single ", xSingle1, xSingle2, Math.Min(xSingle1, xSingle2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Double ", xDouble1, xDouble2, Math.Min(xDouble1, xDouble2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "Decimal", xDecimal1, xDecimal2, Math.Min(xDecimal1, xDecimal2))
'
Console.WriteLine("{0}The following types are not CLScompliant:{0}", nl)
Console.WriteLine(str, "SByte ", xSbyte1, xSbyte2, Math.Min(xSbyte1, xSbyte2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt16 ", xUshort1, xUshort2, Math.Min(xUshort1, xUshort2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt32 ", xUint1, xUInt2, Math.Min(xUInt1, xUInt2))
Console.WriteLine(str, "UInt64 ", xUlong1, xUlong2, Math.Min(xUlong1, xUlong2))
End Sub
End Class
'
' This example produces the following results:
'
' Display the lesser of two values:
'
' Byte : The lesser of 1 and 51 is 1.
' Int16 : The lesser of 2 and 52 is 2.
' Int32 : The lesser of 3 and 53 is 3.
' Int64 : The lesser of 4 and 54 is 4.
' Single : The lesser of 5 and 55 is 5.
' Double : The lesser of 6 and 56 is 6.
' Decimal: The lesser of 7 and 57 is 7.
'
' The following types are not CLScompliant:
'
' SByte : The lesser of 101 and 111 is 101.
' UInt16 : The lesser of 102 and 112 is 102.
' UInt32 : The lesser of 103 and 113 is 103.
' UInt64 : The lesser of 104 and 114 is 104.
Min(UInt32, UInt32)
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
Important
This API is not CLScompliant.
Returns the smaller of two 32bit unsigned integers.
public:
static System::UInt32 Min(System::UInt32 val1, System::UInt32 val2);
[System.CLSCompliant(false)]
public static uint Min (uint val1, uint val2);
[<System.CLSCompliant(false)>]
static member Min : uint32 * uint32 > uint32
Public Shared Function Min (val1 As UInteger, val2 As UInteger) As UInteger
Parameters
 val1
 UInt32
The first of two 32bit unsigned integers to compare.
 val2
 UInt32
The second of two 32bit unsigned integers to compare.
Returns
Parameter val1
or val2
, whichever is smaller.
 Attributes
Applies to
Min(UInt16, UInt16)
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
Important
This API is not CLScompliant.
Returns the smaller of two 16bit unsigned integers.
public:
static System::UInt16 Min(System::UInt16 val1, System::UInt16 val2);
[System.CLSCompliant(false)]
public static ushort Min (ushort val1, ushort val2);
[<System.CLSCompliant(false)>]
static member Min : uint16 * uint16 > uint16
Public Shared Function Min (val1 As UShort, val2 As UShort) As UShort
Parameters
 val1
 UInt16
The first of two 16bit unsigned integers to compare.
 val2
 UInt16
The second of two 16bit unsigned integers to compare.
Returns
Parameter val1
or val2
, whichever is smaller.
 Attributes
Applies to
Min(Single, Single)
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
Returns the smaller of two singleprecision floatingpoint numbers.
public:
static float Min(float val1, float val2);
public static float Min (float val1, float val2);
static member Min : single * single > single
Public Shared Function Min (val1 As Single, val2 As Single) As Single
Parameters
 val1
 Single
The first of two singleprecision floatingpoint numbers to compare.
 val2
 Single
The second of two singleprecision floatingpoint numbers to compare.
Returns
Parameter val1
or val2
, whichever is smaller. If val1
, val2
, or both val1
and val2
are equal to NaN, NaN is returned.
Applies to
Min(SByte, SByte)
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
Important
This API is not CLScompliant.
Returns the smaller of two 8bit signed integers.
public:
static System::SByte Min(System::SByte val1, System::SByte val2);
[System.CLSCompliant(false)]
public static sbyte Min (sbyte val1, sbyte val2);
[<System.CLSCompliant(false)>]
static member Min : sbyte * sbyte > sbyte
Public Shared Function Min (val1 As SByte, val2 As SByte) As SByte
Parameters
 val1
 SByte
The first of two 8bit signed integers to compare.
 val2
 SByte
The second of two 8bit signed integers to compare.
Returns
Parameter val1
or val2
, whichever is smaller.
 Attributes
Applies to
Min(IntPtr, IntPtr)
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
Returns the smaller of two native signed integers.
public:
static IntPtr Min(IntPtr val1, IntPtr val2);
public static nint Min (nint val1, nint val2);
public static IntPtr Min (IntPtr val1, IntPtr val2);
static member Min : nativeint * nativeint > nativeint
Public Shared Function Min (val1 As IntPtr, val2 As IntPtr) As IntPtr
Parameters
 val1

IntPtr
nint
nativeint
The first of two native signed integers to compare.
 val2

IntPtr
nint
nativeint
The second of two native signed integers to compare.
Returns
Parameter val1
or val2
, whichever is smaller.
Applies to
Min(Double, Double)
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
Returns the smaller of two doubleprecision floatingpoint numbers.
public:
static double Min(double val1, double val2);
public static double Min (double val1, double val2);
static member Min : double * double > double
Public Shared Function Min (val1 As Double, val2 As Double) As Double
Parameters
 val1
 Double
The first of two doubleprecision floatingpoint numbers to compare.
 val2
 Double
The second of two doubleprecision floatingpoint numbers to compare.
Returns
Parameter val1
or val2
, whichever is smaller. If val1
, val2
, or both val1
and val2
are equal to NaN, NaN is returned.
Applies to
Min(Int32, Int32)
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
Returns the smaller of two 32bit signed integers.
public:
static int Min(int val1, int val2);
public static int Min (int val1, int val2);
static member Min : int * int > int
Public Shared Function Min (val1 As Integer, val2 As Integer) As Integer
Parameters
 val1
 Int32
The first of two 32bit signed integers to compare.
 val2
 Int32
The second of two 32bit signed integers to compare.
Returns
Parameter val1
or val2
, whichever is smaller.
Applies to
Min(Int16, Int16)
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
Returns the smaller of two 16bit signed integers.
public:
static short Min(short val1, short val2);
public static short Min (short val1, short val2);
static member Min : int16 * int16 > int16
Public Shared Function Min (val1 As Short, val2 As Short) As Short
Parameters
 val1
 Int16
The first of two 16bit signed integers to compare.
 val2
 Int16
The second of two 16bit signed integers to compare.
Returns
Parameter val1
or val2
, whichever is smaller.
Applies to
Min(Decimal, Decimal)
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
Returns the smaller of two decimal numbers.
public:
static System::Decimal Min(System::Decimal val1, System::Decimal val2);
public static decimal Min (decimal val1, decimal val2);
static member Min : decimal * decimal > decimal
Public Shared Function Min (val1 As Decimal, val2 As Decimal) As Decimal
Parameters
 val1
 Decimal
The first of two decimal numbers to compare.
 val2
 Decimal
The second of two decimal numbers to compare.
Returns
Parameter val1
or val2
, whichever is smaller.
Applies to
Min(Byte, Byte)
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
Returns the smaller of two 8bit unsigned integers.
public:
static System::Byte Min(System::Byte val1, System::Byte val2);
public static byte Min (byte val1, byte val2);
static member Min : byte * byte > byte
Public Shared Function Min (val1 As Byte, val2 As Byte) As Byte
Parameters
 val1
 Byte
The first of two 8bit unsigned integers to compare.
 val2
 Byte
The second of two 8bit unsigned integers to compare.
Returns
Parameter val1
or val2
, whichever is smaller.
Applies to
Min(UInt64, UInt64)
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
Important
This API is not CLScompliant.
Returns the smaller of two 64bit unsigned integers.
public:
static System::UInt64 Min(System::UInt64 val1, System::UInt64 val2);
[System.CLSCompliant(false)]
public static ulong Min (ulong val1, ulong val2);
[<System.CLSCompliant(false)>]
static member Min : uint64 * uint64 > uint64
Public Shared Function Min (val1 As ULong, val2 As ULong) As ULong
Parameters
 val1
 UInt64
The first of two 64bit unsigned integers to compare.
 val2
 UInt64
The second of two 64bit unsigned integers to compare.
Returns
Parameter val1
or val2
, whichever is smaller.
 Attributes
Applies to
Min(Int64, Int64)
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
Returns the smaller of two 64bit signed integers.
public:
static long Min(long val1, long val2);
public static long Min (long val1, long val2);
static member Min : int64 * int64 > int64
Public Shared Function Min (val1 As Long, val2 As Long) As Long
Parameters
 val1
 Int64
The first of two 64bit signed integers to compare.
 val2
 Int64
The second of two 64bit signed integers to compare.
Returns
Parameter val1
or val2
, whichever is smaller.
Applies to
Min(UIntPtr, UIntPtr)
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
 Source:
 Math.cs
Important
This API is not CLScompliant.
Returns the smaller of two native unsigned integers.
public:
static UIntPtr Min(UIntPtr val1, UIntPtr val2);
[System.CLSCompliant(false)]
public static nuint Min (nuint val1, nuint val2);
[System.CLSCompliant(false)]
public static UIntPtr Min (UIntPtr val1, UIntPtr val2);
[<System.CLSCompliant(false)>]
static member Min : unativeint * unativeint > unativeint
Public Shared Function Min (val1 As UIntPtr, val2 As UIntPtr) As UIntPtr
Parameters
 val1

UIntPtr
nuint
unativeint
The first of two native unsigned integers to compare.
 val2

UIntPtr
nuint
unativeint
The second of two native unsigned integers to compare.
Returns
Parameter val1
or val2
, whichever is smaller.
 Attributes