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Check if BigDecimal variable is zero in Java (BigDecimal == 0)

From the Javadocs, A BigDecimal consists of an arbitrary precision integer unscaled value and a 32-bit integer scale. If zero or positive, the scale is the number of digits to the right of the decimal point. If negative, the unscaled value of the number is multiplied by ten to the power of the negation of the scale. The value of the number represented by the BigDecimal is therefore (unscaledValue × 10-scale). Hence, BigDecimal isn’t a suitable for just numeric comparison. The reason you can’t use BigDecimal#equals() is that it takes scale into consideration:


To compare a BigDecimal variable with zero, try the following code snippets.

Method 1 : Using compareTo method

if (orderPrice.compareTo(BigDecimal.ZERO) == 0)

Method 1 : Using signum method

if (orderPrice.signum() == 0) {
    return true;

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