# C++ - Bitwise XOR operator

The Bitwise XOR operator (^) is a binary operator which takes two bit patterns of equal length and performs the logical exclusive OR operation on each pair of corresponding bits. It returns 1 if only one of the bits is 1, else returns 0.

Bit_1Bit_2Bit_1 ^ Bit_2
000
101
011
110

The example below describes how bitwise XOR operator works:

```50 ^ 25 returns 43

50    ->    110010  (In Binary)
^ 25    ->  ^ 011001  (In Binary)
----        --------
43    <-    101011  (In Binary)
```

The code of using Bitwise XOR operator (^) is given below:

```#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

int main (){
int x = 50;
int y = 25;
int z;

//Bitwise XOR operation
z = x ^ y;

//Displaying the result
cout<<"z = "<<z;
return 0;
}
```

The output of the above code will be:

```z = 43
```

### Example: Swap two numbers without using temporary variable

The bitwise XOR operator can be used to swap the value of two variables. Consider the example below.

```#include <iostream>
using namespace std;

static void swap(int x, int y) {
cout<<"Before Swap.\n";
cout<<"x = "<<x<<"\n";
cout<<"y = "<<y<<"\n";

//Swap technique
x = x ^ y;
y = x ^ y;
x = x ^ y;

cout<<"After Swap.\n";
cout<<"x = "<<x<<"\n";
cout<<"y = "<<y<<"\n";
}

int main() {
swap(10, 25);
return 0;
}
```

The above code will give the following output:

```Before Swap.
x = 10
y = 25
After Swap.
x = 25
y = 10
```

❮ C++ - Operators

5