How to Convert Fahrenheit to Celsius in Java with Example

In this Java tutorial, you will learn how to write a program to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius in Java. Fahrenheit is a thermodynamic temperature scale, where the freezing point of water is 32 degrees Fahrenheit (°F) and the boiling point of water is 212°F (at standard atmospheric pressure). This puts the boiling and freezing points of water exactly 180 degrees apart. Therefore, a degree on the Fahrenheit scale is 1/180 of the interval between the freezing point and the boiling point of water. Absolute zero is defined as -459.67°F. If you know, in Celsius scale, the freezing point of water is at 0ºC and the boiling point of water is at 100ºC. By using these facts, you can easily deduce a formula to convert Fahrenheit temperature into Celsius.

To be frank, if you have been a Science student you already know about that formula, nothing new about it. What is more important is to learn how to convert such formula into a computer program using Java programming language.

This is what you will learn in this tutorial. BTW, if you an absolute Java beginner and learning Java, I suggest you take a look at a couple of introductory books about Java programming language e.g. Java: A Beginner's guide by Herbert Schildt, it's one of the up-to-date books in Java and covers even latest Java release, Java 8.

Fahrenheit to Celsius in Java Example

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Formula to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius and vice -verse

A temperature difference of 1°F is the equivalent of a temperature difference 0.556°C.  You can use following formula to convert Fahrenheit temperature into Celsius temperature :

C = (F- 32) * 5 / 9

where F  is the temperature in Fahrenheit

For Celsius to Fahrenheit conversion, you can  use

F = 9 * (C / 5) + 32;

where C is temperature on Celsius scale

Here is the chart of common temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius Scale, you can use this data to write JUnit test for our program as well :

How to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius in Java program example

How to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius in Java

This is our sample program to do this conversion. We have created two methods toFahrenheit(float C) and toCelsius(float F) to convert between Fahrenheit temperature to Celsius and vice-versa.

Both are static methods because they are utility methods and operate only on the data provided to the method and doesn't depend on any object state.  Both methods accept temperature in respective scale as floating-point value and converts them into other by using above formula and return it back to the caller.

You can write a unit test to verify that behavior or you can just run the program using the main method to see how it works and what output it generates while converting between these two units.

This method is also a good example of how to accept user input in Java because it uses Scanner class from java.util package to read user input from the console.

We first ask the user to enter a temperature in Fahrenheit scale and then read this input using the nextFloat() method of Scanner class. This method returns user input from the command line as a floating point value. After that, we pass this value to our conversion method toCelsius(float F) which converts this value into Celsius scale and print it into the console so that user can see the result.

After that, we ask our user to enter a temperature into Celsius scale and we convert that into Fahrenheit using toFahrenheit(float C) method. We once again display the result on the console for the user.

One more book which you can refer to learn basic features like reading input from the command prompt, converting one data type to another is the Core Java Volume I - Fundamentals by Cay S. Horstmann, one of the better books to start learning Java.

How to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit in Java Program

import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.Scanner;
* Java program to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius (ºF to ºC) and vice-versa.
* @author Javin 
public class FahrenheitToCelsiumInJava {
    public static void main(String args[]) {
        Scanner cmd = new Scanner(;
        // Converting Fahrenheit to Celsius
        System.out.println("Enter temperature in Fahrenheit :");
        float temperatue = cmd.nextFloat();
        float celsius = toCelsius(temperatue);
        System.out.printf("%.02f degree fahrenheit temperature is equal to %.02f degree celsius %n", temperatue, celsius);
        // Converting Celsius to Fahrenheit
        System.out.println("Enter temperature in degree celsius :");
        temperatue = cmd.nextFloat();
        float fahrenheit = toFahrenheit(temperatue);
        System.out.printf("%.02f degree celsius is equal to %.02f degree fahrenheit %n", temperatue, fahrenheit);
     * Method to convert temperature from celsius to fahrenheit
     * @param celsius
     * @return
    public static float toFahrenheit(float celsius) {
        float fahrenheit = 9 * (celsius / 5) + 32;
        return fahrenheit;
    * Converts fahrenheit temperature to celsius
     * @param fahrenheit
     * @return
    public static float toCelsius(float fahrenheit) {
        float celsius = (fahrenheit - 32) * 5 / 9;
        return celsius;
Enter temperature in Fahrenheit :
100.00 degree fahrenheit temperature is equal to 37.78 degree celsius
Enter temperature in degree celsius :
36.20 degree celsius is equal to 97.16 degree Fahrenheit

That's all about how to convert temperature from Celsius to Fahrenheit in Java.  This is actually homework exercise for many Java courses and I have provided this solution upon one of my reader's request, which asks me to write about it. It's actually a good exercise to learn Java programming because you learn how to write a program, how to use static methods in Java and most importantly how to convert formulas into programs in Java. Let me know if you find any difficulty in understanding this example and I would be glad to explain it further.

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