I am using counters to save positive integers, something like that:

```
\setcounter{mycoutervalue}{59}
```

Is there any limit in the value I can save in a counter, in this case `mycountervalue`

? And what is the exact limit?

Thanks!

I do not want to get an unexpected overflow.

## Best Answer

The maximum value is the 'usual'

`2^31-1`

long integer value, as well as the negative range from`-2^31`

, so the full range is`2^32`

integers possible.`2^31-1`

is 2147483647, which is the largest possible integer usable for counters or`\ifnum`

and`\numexpr`

codes.In the code below I stored this number to the counter

`\mycounter`

and print it several times after using`\stepcounter`

. After the first`\stepcounter`

the register overflows and the number is set to`-2147483648`

, being the 'largest' negative number possible. A subsequent`\stepcounter`

works normally then.The

`e-TeX`

standard extended the limit of 256 registers (count, skip etc.) to 32568 possible registers (for each type)