How to use DecimalFormat?

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How to use DecimalFormat?

Ramya Shankar
Last updated on April 25, 2024

    NumberFormat classes, including DecimalFormat, are packaged in the java.text package in Java. These are used to print information in a particular format. It is useful to format the numbers to print currencies or long values that can be otherwise confusing.

    How to use Java DecimalFormat

    In a simple example below, we have defined a number, which we will print without and with formatting, so that you can see the difference:

    NumberFormat nfm = new DecimalFormat("#,#,###.000");
    double amount = 134563232.67;
    System.out.println("Without formatting: " + amount);
    System.out.println("With formatting: " + nfm.format(amount));

    The output will be:

    Without formatting: 1.3456323267E8
    With formatting: 134,563,232.670

    Note that the second number is more readable. The method format can be applied to long and float as well:

    nfm = new DecimalFormat("##,###.00");
    System.out.println("Without formatting: " + (float)1111.232);
    System.out.println("With formatting: " +  nfm.format((float)1111.232));

    Setting group size will change the grouping of integers in the parts:


    This will create groups of 4 instead of 3: 1,3456,3232.67 We can also get the currency of a particular Locale and print that:

    nfm = new DecimalFormat("¤##,###.00");
    System.out.println("With formatting: " + nfm.format(amount));

    The output will be: “With formatting: EUR134,563,232.67”. You can get and print the symbol of the currency using the getSymbol() method:


    To print the resulting amount with the symbol, you should set the NumberFormat object (nfm) accordingly:

    nfm = DecimalFormat.getCurrencyInstance(Locale.ITALY);
    System.out.println("With symbol: " + nfm.format(amount));


    We have seen how to use DecimalFormat to print an amount in any format that we want. We can also get the currency of a particular locale and prefix it on the number that we are formatting. For more methods and formats, check the Java documents for DecimalFormat .

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