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1. Overview

In this short tutorial, we’ll learn how to round a number to n decimal places in Java.

Further reading:

Number of Digits in an Integer in Java

Learn different ways of getting the number of digits in an Integer in Java.

Check If a Number Is Prime in Java

Learn how to check the primality of the number using Java.

Check If a String Is Numeric in Java

Explore different ways to determine whether a String is numeric or not.

2. Decimal Numbers in Java

Java provides two primitive types that we can use for storing decimal numbers: float and double. Double is the default type:

double PI = 3.1415;

However, we should never use either type for precise values, such as currencies. For that, and also for rounding, we can use the BigDecimal class.

3. Formatting a Decimal Number

If we just want to print a decimal number with n digits after the decimal point, we can simply format the output String:

System.out.printf("Value with 3 digits after decimal point %.3f %n", PI);
// OUTPUTS: Value with 3 digits after decimal point 3.142

Alternatively, we can format the value with the DecimalFormat class:

DecimalFormat df = new DecimalFormat("###.###");

DecimalFormat allows us to explicitly set rounding behavior, giving more control of the output than the String.format() used above.

4. Rounding Doubles With BigDecimal

To round doubles to n decimal places, we can write a helper method:

private static double round(double value, int places) {
    if (places < 0) throw new IllegalArgumentException();

    BigDecimal bd = new BigDecimal(Double.toString(value));
    bd = bd.setScale(places, RoundingMode.HALF_UP);
    return bd.doubleValue();

There is one important thing to notice in this solution; when constructing BigDecimal, we must always use BigDecimal(String) constructor. This prevents issues with representing inexact values.

We can achieve the same result by using the Apache Commons Math library:


The latest version can be found here.

Once we add the library to the project, we can use the Precision.round() method, which takes two arguments – value and scale:

Precision.round(PI, 3);

By default, it is using the same HALF_UP rounding method as our helper method; therefore, the results should be the same.

Note that we can change rounding behavior by passing the desired rounding method as a third parameter.

5. Rounding Doubles With DoubleRounder

DoubleRounder is a utility in the decimal4j library. It provides a fast and garbage-free method for rounding doubles from 0 to 18 decimal points.

We can get the library (the latest version can be found here) by adding the dependency to the pom.xml:


Now we can simply use:

DoubleRounder.round(PI, 3);

However, DoubleRounder fails in a few scenarios:

System.out.println(DoubleRounder.round(256.025d, 2));
// OUTPUTS: 256.02 instead of expected 256.03

6. Math.round() Method

Another way of rounding numbers is to use the Math.Round() Method.

In this case, we can control n number of decimal places by multiplying and dividing by 10^n:

public static double roundAvoid(double value, int places) {
    double scale = Math.pow(10, places);
    return Math.round(value * scale) / scale;

This method is not recommended as it’s truncating the value. In many cases values are rounded incorrectly:

System.out.println(roundAvoid(1000.0d, 17));
// OUTPUTS: 92.23372036854776 !!
System.out.println(roundAvoid(260.775d, 2));
// OUTPUTS: 260.77 instead of expected 260.78

As a result, this method is listed here for learning purposes only.

7. Conclusion

In this article, we covered different techniques for rounding numbers to n decimal places.

We can simply format the output without changing the value, or we can round the variable by using a helper method. We also discussed a few libraries that deal with this problem.

The code used in this article can be found over on GitHub.

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