I want to figure out the bit-width of the built-in Number (integer actually) of Vimscript . In particular, I want to tell whether a 32-bit or 64-bit integer is in use. Currently I test whether the maximum constants of both widths can be represented:

let s:INT32_MAX = 2147483647 " 2^31-1
let s:INT64_MAX = 9223372036854775807 " 2^63-1

if s:INT64_MAX > 0
  let s:INT_WIDTH = 64
  let s:INT_MAX = s:INT64_MAX
  let s:INT_WIDTH = 32
  let s:INT_MAX = s:INT32_MAX
let s:INT_MIN = -s:INT_MAX - 1

This approach has the annoying magic numbers in code. Although it can be replaced by float2nr(pow(2, 31)), which is exactly s:INT_MAX above, this requires has('float'). I wonder if there is any feature that can be tested like has('num64'). I searched through the :h +feature-list but found nothing more relevant than OS information like +win32. Any insight on this question is appreciated.


You can directly test for the 64-bit number support feature using:


The minimum and maximum numbers can be obtained using 0/0 and 1/0 respectively:

let VARNUM_MIN = 0/0
let VARNUM_MAX = 1/0

To get the bit-depth of these numbers, you can use printf with a binary format.

let bits = len(printf('%b', 1/0))         " returns 63
let bits_nan = len(printf('%b', 0/0))     " returns 64

You can just check if bits is greater than 32, or less than or equal to 32.

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  • The 0/0 and 1/0 are nice shots. But the printf('%b', 1/0) did not work for me. I got E767 too many arguments to printf(). Maybe there is no %b specifier in my version of Vim? – cgsdfc Jun 11 '18 at 16:48
  • Anyway, is there really no has() way in Vim? – cgsdfc Jun 11 '18 at 16:52
  • Use %x is ok. 4 * len(printf('%x', 1/0)). – cgsdfc Jun 11 '18 at 16:53
  • Yes there is has('num64'). – Mass Jun 11 '18 at 16:54
  • Anyway, is there really 64-bit Number in VimL? The help says vaguely that a number can be 64-bit or 32-bit. – cgsdfc Jun 11 '18 at 16:55

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