NEW: Got a question? Get help on our new forums! >>

How to make a number positive using abs()

Swift version: 5.1

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

The abs() function returns the absolute value of a number, which is a way of describing how far away from zero it is without thinking about whether it’s positive or negative. It’s most commonly used if you have a number that you need to be positive, because whether you pass 30 or -30 to abs() you get back 30.

In code it’s just this:

let number = -15
let absolute = abs(number)

That will set absolute to 15.

Hacking with Swift is sponsored by Instabug

SPONSORED Catch bugs as soon as they happen and know exactly why a crash occurred by integrating Instabug's SDK in one minute. You will automatically receive device data, network logs, and reproduction steps with every bug and crash report.

Learn more and get started for free

Sponsor Hacking with Swift and reach the world's largest Swift community!

Snapthread is a casual video editor and slideshow maker that makes discovering, compiling and sharing your favorite memories effortless.

Available from iOS 8.0

Similar solutions…

About the Swift Knowledge Base

This is part of the Swift Knowledge Base, a free, searchable collection of solutions for common iOS questions.

BUY OUR BOOKS
Buy Pro Swift Buy Swift Design Patterns Buy Testing Swift Buy Hacking with iOS Buy Swift Coding Challenges Buy Swift on Sundays Volume One Buy Server-Side Swift (Vapor Edition) Buy Advanced iOS Volume One Buy Advanced iOS Volume Two Buy Advanced iOS Volume Three Buy Hacking with watchOS Buy Hacking with tvOS Buy Hacking with macOS Buy Dive Into SpriteKit Buy Swift in Sixty Seconds Buy Objective-C for Swift Developers Buy Server-Side Swift (Kitura Edition) Buy Beyond Code

Was this page useful? Let us know!

Average rating: 5.0/5