Compute absolute value of an int/float


There is no built-in abs function for integers, but it’s simple to write your own.

// Abs returns the absolute value of x.
func Abs(x int64) int64 {
	if x < 0 {
		return -x
	return x
Warning: The smallest value of a signed integer doesn’t have a matching positive value. Unfortunately, our Abs function returns a negative value in this case.
// Output: -9223372036854775808
(The Java and C libraries behave like this as well.)


The math.Abs function returns the absolute value of x.

func Abs(x float64) float64

Special cases:

Abs(±Inf) = +Inf
Abs(NaN) = NaN

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