# Binary vs Bit vs Byte – Learn the Difference

What is the difference between binary, bit, and byte? Let's find out.

## Binary

**Binary** means two parts.

In other words, anything consisting of only two parts is called binary.

**Here are some examples:**

- True or false is a binary condition.
- On or off is a binary state.
- Female or male is a binary gender.
- 1 or 0 is a binary digit (bit).

## Bit

A **bit** means **b**inary dig**it** (two parts digit).

In other words, a binary digit is the numeral 0 or 1.

**Here are some examples:**

- 10 is a binary numeral consisting of two bits (binary digits).
- 10111 is a binary numeral that has five bits (binary digits).
- 1MB has one million bits (binary digits).
- 1011 1010 consists of eight bits (byte).

## Byte

A **byte** is a unit of bits (binary digits).

Typically, one byte equals eight bits (1 byte = 8 bits).

**Here are some examples:**

- 1011 1010 is a 1-byte numeral containing 8-bits (eight binary digits).
- 1101 1111 0110 0011 is a 2-bytes numeral consisting of 16 bits (sixteen binary digits).
- 0011 0010 0011 0110 0011 0111 is a 3-byte numeral containing 24 bits (twenty-four binary digits).

## Overview

- A
**binary**element is an item that has only two parts. - A
**bit**is a binary digit that can only be 0 or 1. - A
**byte**is a unit of bits typically in multiples of eight bits.