Friday, October 1, 2021

Java Program to Reverse a Number

How to reverse a number in Java without using any API is asked in many interviews in order to check the logic. Though how to reverse a string program is applicable for numbers also by treating the numbers as String but in some interviews it is specifically asked that it has to be a number and then you need to reverse it without using any in-built method.

Reversing number in Java can be done in two ways

  • By iterating through digits of the number and using mathematical operators like divide and multiply.
  • Using recursive function.

Iterative logic for reversing a number

When iterating through each digit of the number idea is to divide the given number by 10 and adding that remainder to an integer (which is initially initialized to 0) also multiply that integer by 10 in each iteration. That is required to move place values in the reversed number. Also divide the original number by 10 to get the quotient.

As example– If original number is 189 then first iteration will give remainder as 9 and quotient as 18. In the second iteration remainder will be 8 and quotient 1. And every time it is also multiplied by 10 for place value. Thus after second iteration it will be (9 * 10) + 8 = 98. Same for third iteration where remainder will be 1 and quotient 0. Thus making it (98 * 10) + 1 = 981. Which is the reversed number.

Recursive logic for reversing number

In recursive method you call the same method with one less digit in every recursive call. That is done by dividing the number by 10. You have to print modulo division in every recursive call. Using recursion this way will also print the zeroes which the iterative logic will not do. Meaning using the first method will give you 2 if input is 200. Whereas recursive method will give 002.

Java program to reverse a number

import java.util.Scanner;

public class ReverseNumber {

 public static void main(String[] args) {
  System.out.println("Please enter a number : ");
  Scanner sc = new Scanner(;
  int scanInput = sc.nextInt();
  // Using recursion
  // Using while loop
 // Method for reversing number using recursion
 public static void reverseRec(int num){
  //System.out.println("num" + num);
  if(num == 0)
  System.out.print(num % 10);
 // Non-recursive method for reversing number  
 public static void reverseNum(int num){
  int reversedNum = 0;
  int mod = 0;
  while(num != 0){
   mod = num % 10;
   reversedNum = (reversedNum * 10) + mod;
   num = num/10;
  System.out.println("reversedNum -- " + reversedNum);


Please enter a number : 
reversedNum -- 64319

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