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An integer constant consists of a number to specify the value, followed optionally by suffix letters to specify the data type.

The simplest integer constants are numbers written in base 10
(decimal), such as `5`

, `77`

, and `403`

. A decimal
constant cannot start with the character ‘`0`’ (zero) because
that makes the constant octal.

You can get the effect of a negative integer constant by putting a minus sign at the beginning. In grammatical terms, that is an arithmetic expression rather than a constant, but it behaves just like a true constant.

Integer constants can also be written in octal (base 8), hexadecimal
(base 16), or binary (base 2). An octal constant starts with the
character ‘`0`’ (zero), followed by any number of octal digits
(‘`0`’ to ‘`7`’):

0 // zero 077 // 63 0403 // 259

Pedantically speaking, the constant `0`

is an octal constant, but
we can think of it as decimal; it has the same value either way.

A hexadecimal constant starts with ‘`0x`’ (upper or lower case)
followed by hex digits (‘`0`’ to ‘`9`’, as well as ‘`a`’
through ‘`f`’ in upper or lower case):

0xff // 255 0XA0 // 160 0xffFF // 65535

A binary constant starts with ‘`0b`’ (upper or lower case) followed
by bits (each represented by the characters ‘`0`’ or ‘`1`’):

```
0b101 // 5
```

Binary constants are a GNU C extension, not part of the C standard.

Sometimes a space is needed after an integer constant to avoid lexical confusion with the following tokens. See Invalid Numbers.

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