Can we make unsigned byte in Java

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I am trying to convert a signed byte in unsigned. The problem is the data I am receiving is unsigned and Java does not support unsigned byte, so when it reads the data it treats it as signed.

I tried it to convert it by the following solution I got from Stack Overflow.

public static int unsignedToBytes(byte a)
    int b = a & 0xFF;
    return b;

But when again it’s converted in byte, I get the same signed data. I am trying to use this data as a parameter to a function of Java that accepts only a byte as parameter, so I can’t use any other data type. How can I fix this problem?


I’m not sure I understand your question.

I just tried this and for byte -12 (signed value) it returned integer 244 (equivalent to unsigned byte value but typed as an int):

  public static int unsignedToBytes(byte b) {
    return b & 0xFF;

  public static void main(String[] args) {
    System.out.println(unsignedToBytes((byte) -12));

Is it what you want to do?

Java does not allow to express 244 as a byte value, as would C. To express positive integers above Byte.MAX_VALUE (127) you have to use a different integral type, like short, int or long.

Source: stackoverflow