An operator is a symbol that tells the compiler to perform specific mathematical or logical manipulations. F# is rich in built-in operators and provides the following types of operators −

- Arithmetic Operators
- Comparison Operators
- Boolean Operators
- Bitwise Operators

**Arithmetic Operators**

The following table shows all the arithmetic operators supported by F# language. Assume variable A holds 10 and variable B holds 20 then −

Operator | Description | Example |
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+ | Adds two operands | A + B will give 30 |

- | Subtracts second operand from the first | A - B will give -10 |

* | Multiplies both operands | A * B will give 200 |

/ | Divides numerator by de-numerator | B / A will give 2 |

% | Modulus Operator and remainder of after an integer division | B % A will give 0 |

** | Exponentiation Operator, raises an operand to the power of another | B**A will give 20^{10} |

**Comparison Operators**

The following table shows all the comparison operators supported by F# language. These binary comparison operators are available for integral and floating-point types. These operators return values of type bool.

Assume variable A holds 10 and variable B holds 20, then −

Operator | Description | Example |
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= | Checks if the values of two operands are equal or not, if yes then condition becomes true. | (A == B) is not true. |

<> | Checks if the values of two operands are equal or not, if values are not equal then condition becomes true. | (A <> B) is true. |

> | Checks if the value of left operand is greater than the value of right operand, if yes then condition becomes true. | (A > B) is not true. |

< | Checks if the value of left operand is less than the value of right operand, if yes then condition becomes true. | (A < B) is true. |

>= | Checks if the value of left operand is greater than or equal to the value of right operand, if yes then condition becomes true. | (A >= B) is not true. |

<= | Checks if the value of left operand is less than or equal to the value of right operand, if yes then condition becomes true. | (A <= B) is true. |

**Boolean Operators**

The following table shows all the Boolean operators supported by F# language. Assume variable A holds **true** and variable B holds **false,** then −

Operator | Description | Example |
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&& | Called Boolean AND operator. If both the operands are non-zero, then condition becomes true. | (A && B) is false. |

|| | Called Boolean OR Operator. If any of the two operands is non-zero, then condition becomes true. | (A || B) is true. |

not | Called Boolean NOT Operator. Use to reverses the logical state of its operand. If a condition is true then Logical NOT operator will make false. | not (A && B) is true. |

**Bitwise Operators**

Bitwise operators work on bits and perform bit-by-bit operation. The truth tables for &&& (bitwise AND), ||| (bitwise OR), and ^^^ (bitwise exclusive OR) are as follows −

p | q | p &&& q | p ||| q | p ^^^ q |

0 | 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 |

0 | 1 | 0 | 1 | 1 |

1 | 1 | 1 | 1 | 0 |

1 | 0 | 0 | 1 | 1 |

Assume if A = 60; and B = 13; now in binary format they will be as follows −

A = 0011 1100

B = 0000 1101

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A&&&B = 0000 1100

A|||B = 0011 1101

A^^^B = 0011 0001

~~~A = 1100 0011

The Bitwise operators supported by F# language are listed in the following table. Assume variable A holds 60 and variable B holds 13, then −

Operator | Description | Example |
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&&& | Binary AND Operator copies a bit to the result if it exists in both operands. | (A &&& B) will give 12, which is 0000 1100 |

||| | Binary OR Operator copies a bit if it exists in either operand. | (A ||| B) will give 61, which is 0011 1101 |

^^^ | Binary XOR Operator copies the bit if it is set in one operand but not both. | (A ^^^ B) will give 49, which is 0011 0001 |

~~~ | Binary Ones Complement Operator is unary and has the effect of 'flipping' bits. | (~~~A) will give -61, which is 1100 0011 in 2's complement form. |

<<< | Binary Left Shift Operator. The left operands value is moved left by the number of bits specified by the right operand. | A <<< 2 will give 240 which is 1111 0000 |

>>> | Binary Right Shift Operator. The left operands value is moved right by the number of bits specified by the right operand. | A >>> 2 will give 15 which is 0000 1111 |

**Operators Precedence**

The following table shows the order of precedence of operators and other expression keywords in the F# language, from lowest precedence to the highest precedence.

Operator | Associativity |
---|---|

as | Right |

when | Right |

| (pipe) | Left |

; | Right |

let | Non associative |

function, fun, match, try | Non associative |

if | Non associative |

→ | Right |

:= | Right |

, | Non associative |

or, || | Left |

&, && | Left |

< op, >op, =, |op, &op | Left |

&&& , |||, ^^^, ~~~, <<<, >>> | Left |

^ op | Right |

:: | Right |

:?>, :? | Non associative |

- op, +op, (binary) | Left |

* op, /op, %op | Left |

** op | Right |

f x (function application) | Left |

| (pattern match) | Right |

prefix operators (+op, -op, %, %%, &, &&, !op, ~op) | Left |

. | Left |

f(x) | Left |

f | Left |