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What's the most idiomatic way in Java to verify that a cast from long to int does not lose any information?

This is my current implementation:

public static int safeLongToInt(long l) {

    int i = (int)l;

    if ((long)i != l) {

        throw new IllegalArgumentException(l + " cannot be cast to int without changing its value.");


    return i;


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You can check out this new method that has been added with Java 8 to do just what you asked for.

import static java.lang.Math.toIntExact;

long foo = 10L;

int bar = toIntExact(foo);

Will return an ArithmeticException in the event of an overflow.

check out: Math.toIntExact(long)

Some other overflow safe methods have been attached to Java 8. They end with exact.

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