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This is an experimental technology, part of the Harmony (ECMAScript 6) proposal.
Because this technology's specification has not stabilized, check the compatibility table for usage in various browsers. Also note that the syntax and behavior of an experimental technology is subject to change in future version of browsers as the spec changes.


The Math.imul() function returns the result of the C-like 32-bit multiplication of the two parameters.


Math.imul(a, b)


First number.
Second number.


Math.imul allows for fast 32-bit integer multiplication with C-like semantics. This feature is useful for projects like Emscripten.  Because imul is a static method of Math, you always use it as Math.imul(), rather than as a method of a Math object you created.


Math.imul(2, 4)   // 8
Math.imul(-1, 8)  //-8
Math.imul(-2, -2) // 4
Math.imul(0xffffffff, 5) //-5
Math.imul(0xfffffffe, 5) //-10


This can be emulated with the following function:

function imul(a, b) {
  var ah  = (a >>> 16) & 0xffff;
  var al = a & 0xffff;
  var bh  = (b >>> 16) & 0xffff;
  var bl = b & 0xffff;
  // the shift by 0 fixes the sign on the high part
  // the final |0 converts the unsigned value into a signed value
  return ((al * bl) + (((ah * bl + al * bh) << 16) >>> 0)|0);


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript Language Specification 6th Edition (ECMA-262) Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Firefox (Gecko) Chrome Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 20 (20) 28 ? 16 WebKit bug 115143
Feature Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Android Chrome for Android IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 20.0 (20) ? ? ? ? WebKit bug 115143


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