Java: Range of a float

A float is a 32-bit IEEE 754 floating point.

Min value (inclusive) and max value (inclusive):

−3.40282347×1038 … 3.40282347×1038

or, equivalently

−1.111⋯1×2127 … 1.111⋯1×2127

The maximum value is available as a constant: Float.MAX_VALUE.

The minimum value is -Float.MAX_VALUE, and not Float.MIN_VALUE.

IEEE 754 values are symmetrical around origo as opposed to two’s complement integers.

The constant Float.MIN_VALUE is the smallest value greater than 0, i.e. not the smallest possible value. (This constant corresponds to Epsilon in .NET.)

See ranges of all primitive types here: Java: Ranges of Primitive Types.