# BigInt

JavaScript's Number primitive only represents numbers up to 253 - 1. BigInt is a newer built-in JavaScript object that represents arbitrarily large integers. Agoric uses BigInts for amount values and time values.

You create a BigInt by appending n to an integer. For example, 10n is a BigInt equal to the Number 10. You can also call the method BigInt().

const previouslyMaxSafeInteger = 9007199254740991n

const alsoHuge = BigInt(9007199254740991)
// alsoHuge has the value 9007199254740991n

const hugeString = BigInt("9007199254740991")
// hugeString has the value 9007199254740991n

BigInt cannot be used with the Math object's methods. It cannot be mixed with Numbers in operations; they must be coerced to the same type. Coercing a BigInt to a Number may lose precision.

typeof returns 'bigint' for BigInts. When wrapped in an Object, a BigInt is a normal "object" type.

typeof 1n === 'bigint'           // true
typeof BigInt('1') === 'bigint'  // true
typeof Object(1n) === 'object'  // true

Note that JSON does not serialize BigInt values by default. You must first implement your own toJSON() method. Otherwise JSON.stringify() will raise a TypeError.

BigInt.prototype.toJSON = function() { return this.toString()  }
// Instead of throwing, JSON.stringify now produces a string like this:

// '"1"'

For full reference information about BigInt, go here (opens new window).