Function hex() in Perl

In the Perl programming language has a built-in function hex().

Function hex() converts a number from hexadecimal format to decimal.

Here's an example:

▶ Run

print hex('0xFF');

The program will display 255.


If the function hex not given no arguments, the function works with default variable $_:

▶ Run

$_ = '0x100';

print hex(); # 256

In that case if the variable $_ is undef and used use warnings;, will warning:

▶ Run

use strict;
use warnings;

my $dec = hex();
Use of uninitialized value $_ in hex at line 6.

Standard using hex() is to pass it a single argument.

If the transfer function hex() more than one argument, it will be an error and code execution will be stopped.

Too many arguments for hex at line 3, near "2)"
Execution of aborted due to compilation errors.

If you need to convert multiple values, you can use map:

▶ Run

use Data::Dumper;

my @hex = ('0xA', '0xB', '0x11');

my @dec = map { hex } @hex;

warn Dumper \@dec;

The string can begin with 0x, but not necessarily. Case-sensitive values are not has.

Here are a few examples. In this example, all the call to the function hex()return the same value of the — number 2748.

▶ Run

use strict;
use warnings;
use feature qw(say);

say hex('0xABC');
say hex('0XABC');
say hex('0xabc');
say hex('XABC');
say hex('xABC');
say hex('abc');
say hex('AbC');

A function can not work with fractional hexadecimal numbers. When you try to convert such the number of the warning:

▶ Run

use strict;
use warnings;

print hex('0x10.8');
Illegal hexadecimal digit '.' ignored at line 6.

Return value

Function hex() always returns a number.

Official documentation

Here is the output of the command perldoc -f hex:

    hex EXPR
    hex     Interprets EXPR as a hex string and returns the corresponding
            numeric value. If EXPR is omitted, uses $_.

                print hex '0xAf'; # prints '175'
                print hex 'aF';   # same
                $valid_input =~ /\A(?:0?[xX])?(?:_?[0-9a-fA-F])*\z/

            A hex string consists of hex digits and an optional "0x" or "x"
            prefix. Each hex digit may be preceded by a single underscore,
            which will be ignored. Any other character triggers a warning
            and causes the rest of the string to be ignored (even leading
            whitespace, unlike "oct"). Only integers can be represented, and
            integer overflow triggers a warning.

            To convert strings that might start with any of 0, "0x", or
            "0b", see "oct". To present something as hex, look into
            "printf", "sprintf", and "unpack".

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