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The getInt16() method gets a signed 16-bit integer (short) at the specified byte offset from the start of the DataView.


dataview.getInt16(byteOffset [, littleEndian])


The offset, in byte, from the start of the view where to read the data.
Optional Indicates whether the 16-bit int is stored in little- or big-endian format. If false or undefined, a big-endian value is read.

Return value

A signed 16-bit integer number.

Errors thrown

Thrown if the byteOffset is set such as it would read beyond the end of the view.


There is no alignment constraint; multi-byte values may be fetched from any offset.


Using the getInt16 method

var buffer = new ArrayBuffer(8);
var dataview = new DataView(buffer);
dataview.getInt16(1); // 0


Specification Status Comment
Typed Array Specification Obsolete Superseded by ECMAScript 2015.
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'DataView.prototype.getInt16' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition in an ECMA standard.
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'DataView.prototype.getInt16' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support912151012.15.1
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support4 Yes Yes15124.2 ?

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