DecimalFormat uses comma separator even when the pattern specified is a dot

Laazo :

I have the below code for formatting a double to two decimal places;

DecimalFormat df = new DecimalFormat("0.00");
double monthlyVal = forecastReturnValue / months;
return Double.valueOf(df.format(monthlyVal));

The last line fails with a NumberFormatException because decimals are separated by a comma;


I am using windows OpenJDK8:

openjdk version "1.8.0_41"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build1.8.0_41-b04)
OpenJDK Client VM (build 25.40-b25, mixed mode)

What could be the cause?

RUARO Thibault :

The cause is the Locale. By default, you are connected to the Locale on your system, which return a decimal separator as ,. Using DecimalFormat, to change, do the following:

DecimalFormatSymbols symbols = new DecimalFormatSymbols(Locale.US);
DecimalFormat df = new DecimalFormat("0.00", symbols);
double monthlyVal = forecastReturnValue / months;
return Double.valueOf(df.format(monthlyVal));

IMHO, I'd recommend using BigDecimal for such use cases, as it is more accurate, less error prone, and handle easily usage of rounding, scaling and so on.

The equivalent could be:

BigDecimal monthlyVal = BigDecimal.valueOf(20.0).divide(BigDecimal.valueOf(12), 2, RoundingMode.CEILING); // 2 is the scale. RoundingMode is up to you

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