In earlier posts, we have been discussing the representation of both hexadecimal & decimal numbers. In this post, we will be listing out the difference between hexadecimal and decimal numbers.

## List of Main difference between hexadecimal and decimal numbers:

Hexadecimal Numbers | Decimal Numbers |
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Hexadecimal numbers make use of 16 symbols to represent numbers, it uses the 10 symbols of decimal number system to represent values 0 to 9 and additional 6 symbols (A, B, C, D, E, F) to represent values ( 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15) respectively. | Decimal numbers make use of 10 symbols from 0 to 9 and its combinations to represent different values. |

The radix for Hexadecimal number is 16 i.e all the digits in a Hexadecimal number are expressed in terms of powers of 16. | The radix for decimal number is 10 i.e all the digits or values in a decimal number are expressed in terms of powers of 10. |

Hexadecimal numbers are more human friendly, i.e. large numbers are easier to remember. | Large decimal numbers are relatively difficult to remember. |

Example of Hexadecimal number : FFFF (sixty five thousand five hundred thirty five) | Example of Decimal number : 65535 (sixty five thousand five hundred thirty five) |

Applications Microprocessors and micro controllers use hexadecimal numbers to represent address of memory locations. | Applications Most common and used in everyday life. Used in all Financial transactions, banking operations. |