Bytes to Bits Converter

Use this converter to easily convert between Bytes and Bits.

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How many Bits in a Byte?

Since a Byte is defined as 8 bits of information, there are exactly 8 Bits in a Byte. This definition is put forth in the International System of Units and is widely accepted. The term "byte" to describe 8 bits was first coined by Bucholz in a 1956 paper [3]. In the early days of computing the idea of a 10-bit byte was entertained, but has not gained any traction due to the binary nature of computer system, making power of 2 units more suitable (8 = 23).

Converting between bytes and bits is thus simple and straightforward, especially using our converter.

Difference between Bytes and Bits

Both bits and bytes are used to measure data: be it storage or bandwidth. Both units represent very small quantities of data so both are used primarily by developers, database architects, etc. and most people don't really deal with data in such small quantities as even the smallest mp3 or text documents usually measure in the many KiloBytes and MegaBytes.

The difference is that a bit is the smallest amount of data you can represent in a binary computer system: its value can be either one or zero. On the other hand, a byte, containing 8 bits, can represent 28 = 256 different types of data. This is the basis for the ASCII character set in which each letter, number, and special symbol can be expressed by a unique combination of the bits in a single byte. E.g. the letter "a" corresponds to 01100001 in the ASCII table.

How to convert Bytes to Bits

To convert from bytes to bits you only need to multiply by 8. So 10 bytes equals 10 x 8 = 80 bits. More example calculations and a conversion table are below.

Bytes to bits conversion example

Sample task: convert 8 bytes to bits. Solution:

Formula:
Bytes * 8 = bits
Calculation:
8 Bytes * 8 = 64 bits
End result:
8 Bytes is equal to 64 bits

Bytes to Bits conversion table

Bytes to bits conversion table
Bytes bits
1 Bytes 8 bits
2 Bytes 16 bits
4 Bytes 32 bits
8 Bytes 64 bits
16 Bytes 128 bits
32 Bytes 256 bits
64 Bytes 512 bits
128 Bytes 1,024 bits
256 Bytes 2,048 bits
512 Bytes 4,096 bits
1,024 Bytes 8,192 bits
2,048 Bytes 16,384 bits
4,096 Bytes 32,768 bits
8,192 Bytes 65,536 bits
16,384 Bytes 131,072 bits
32,768 Bytes 262,144 bits
65,536 Bytes 524,288 bits
131,072 Bytes 1,048,576 bits
262,144 Bytes 2,097,152 bits

References:

[1] IEC 60027-2, Second edition, 2000-11, Letter symbols to be used in electrical technology - Part 2: Telecommunications and electronics.

[2] IEC 80000-13:2008, Quantities and units, Part 13: Information science and technology

[3] Buchholz W. (1977) "The Word 'Byte' Comes of Age..." Byte Magazine, 2:144.

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Georgiev G.Z., "Bytes to Bits Converter", [online] Available at: https://www.gigacalculator.com/converters/convert-bytes-to-bits.php URL [Accessed Date: 06 Dec, 2019].