Separate Digits From Integer

Sometimes in programming problems we need to split a number into single digits, there are several ways to accomplish this, and in this post we will see two of them.

In this first approach we will transform the number into a String and then we will iterate through every character from the String and transform that character into an integer.

public static void usingString(int number){
    String string = number + "";
        for(int i = string.length() - 1; i >= 0; i--){
            int digit = string.charAt(i) - '0';

But there’s another way, which doesn’t need to convert the number to a String and it’s accomplish by using the modulo operation.

public static void usingMod(int number){
    int digit = 0;
    while(number != 0){
        digit = number % 10;
        number = number / 10;

This works by extracting the last digit with the modulo operation and shrinking the original number by dividing it by 10 to get the next digit.


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