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Last modified: September 7, 2019

In this short tutorial, we'll learn how to calculate logarithms in Java. We'll cover both common and natural logarithms as well as logarithms with a custom base.

A logarithm is a mathematical formula representing the power to which we must raise a fixed number (the base) to produce a given number.

In its simplest form, it answers the question: How many times do we multiply one number to get another number?

We can define logarithm by the following equation:

exactly ifLogarithms of base 10 are called common logarithms.

To calculate a common logarithm in Java we can simply use the *Math.log10()* method:

@Test public void givenLog10_shouldReturnValidResults() { assertEquals(Math.log10(100), 2); assertEquals(Math.log10(1000), 3); }

Logarithms of the base *e *are called natural logarithms.

To calculate a natural logarithm in Java we use the *Math.log()* method:

@Test public void givenLog10_shouldReturnValidResults() { assertEquals(Math.log(Math.E), 1); assertEquals(Math.log(10), 2.30258); }

To calculate a logarithm with custom base in Java, we use the following identity:

@Test public void givenCustomLog_shouldReturnValidResults() { assertEquals(customLog(2, 256), 8); assertEquals(customLog(10, 100), 2); } private static double customLog(double base, double logNumber) { return Math.log(logNumber) / Math.log(base); }

In this tutorial, we've learned how to calculate logarithms in Java.

As always, the source code is available over on GitHub.