java.lang.Byte shortValue()


The shortValue() method of Byte class returns the value of this Byte as a short after a widening primitive conversion.

Important Notes:

  • The method shortValue() overrides shortValue in class Number.

Method Syntax

public short shortValue()

Method Argument

Data Type Parameter Description

Method Returns

The shortValue() method of Byte class returns the numeric value represented by this object after conversion to type short.


Requires Java 1.1 and up

Java Byte shortValue() Example

Below is a simple java example on the usage of shortValue() method of Byte class.


import java.util.Scanner;

 * This example source code demonstrates the use of 
 * shortValue() method of Byte class.

public class ByteShortValueExample {

	public static void main(String[] args) {

		 * Editor's Note
		 * Be extra careful in using this method
		 * as it uses widening concept
		// ask for user input
		System.out.print("Enter a number:");

		// read the user input
		Scanner s = new Scanner(;
		String value = s.nextLine();
		Byte byteValue = new Byte(value);
		// convert byteValue to short
		short result = byteValue.shortValue();
		System.out.println("short value is "+result);



Basically on the above example, we have asked the user to enter a number on the console. Internally the input value is assign to a Byte object. We then use the shortValue() method to convert it into primitive data type short. It doesn’t do much however it shows the basic behaviour of this method.

Sample Output

Below is the sample output when you run the above example.

java Byte shortValue() example output