I need to remove the fractional part of a BigDecimal value when its scale has a value of zero. For example,

BigDecimal value = new BigDecimal("12.00").setScale(2, RoundingMode.HALF_UP);

It would assign 12.00. I want it to assign only 12 to value in such cases.

BigDecimal value = new BigDecimal("12.000000").setScale(2, RoundingMode.HALF_UP);

should assign 12,

BigDecimal value = new BigDecimal("12.0001").setScale(2, RoundingMode.HALF_UP);

should assign 12.

BigDecimal value = new BigDecimal("12.0051").setScale(2, RoundingMode.HALF_UP);

should assign12.01

BigDecimal value = new BigDecimal("12.99").setScale(2, RoundingMode.HALF_UP);

should assign 12.99.

BigDecimal value = new BigDecimal("12.999").setScale(2, RoundingMode.HALF_UP);

should assign13

BigDecimal value = new BigDecimal("12.3456").setScale(2, RoundingMode.HALF_UP);

should assign 12.35 and alike.

I have this question on StackOverflow.

For this to be so, I'm doing the following.

String text="123.008";
BigDecimal bigDecimal=new BigDecimal(text);

    bigDecimal=new BigDecimal(text).setScale(2, RoundingMode.HALF_UP);

    bigDecimal=new BigDecimal(text).setScale(0, BigDecimal.ROUND_HALF_UP);

System.out.println("bigDecimal = "+bigDecimal);

It's just as an example. Is there a better way to do this?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Besides the content, a +1 for providing the tests. Makes it much easier to get an understanding of the desired functionality \$\endgroup\$
    – tb-
    Mar 25 '13 at 17:23

Is there a better way to do this?

Yes, stripTrailingZeros().

To check your tests:

public static void main(final String[] args) {
    check(truncate("12.000000"), "12");
    check(truncate("12.0001"), "12");
    check(truncate("12.0051"), "12.01");
    check(truncate("12.99"), "12.99");
    check(truncate("12.999"), "13");
    check(truncate("12.3456"), "12.35");
    System.out.println("if we see this message without exceptions, everything is ok");

private static BigDecimal truncate(final String text) {
    BigDecimal bigDecimal = new BigDecimal(text);
    if (bigDecimal.scale() > 2)
        bigDecimal = new BigDecimal(text).setScale(2, RoundingMode.HALF_UP);
    return bigDecimal.stripTrailingZeros();

private static void check(final BigDecimal bigDecimal, final String string) {
    if (!bigDecimal.toString().equals(string))
        throw new IllegalStateException("not equal: " + bigDecimal + " and " + string);



if we see this message without exceptions, everything is ok

  • \$\begingroup\$ Good to know a precise, concise and recommended way. Thank you. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tiny
    Mar 26 '13 at 5:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ Be careful with this. 10.00 becomes 1E+1, not 10. \$\endgroup\$ Nov 11 '18 at 21:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @stickfigure and how do I make it 10.00 and not 1E+1 ? \$\endgroup\$
    – ionutab
    Dec 14 '18 at 14:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ Depends on what you want to do? I wanted prettier USD amounts, so I ended up manipulating the toString version (ie cost.endsWith(".00") ? cost.substring(0, cost.length() - 3) : cost). \$\endgroup\$ Dec 14 '18 at 18:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ The proposed solutions passes the given tests. For the new case of 10.00: The result is technically correct, only the printing may be inconvenient. The printing can be changed with DecimalFormat. Depending on the specification, new DecimalFormat("0.00") may be suitable. \$\endgroup\$
    – tb-
    Sep 2 '19 at 16:35

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