Byte may refer to any of the following:
1. A byte is a term first coined by Werner Buchholz in 1956 and became more of a standard thanks to Bob Bemer and others. A byte is a unit of memory data equal to either seven or eight bits, depending on whether or not it needs error correction (parity). You can think of a byte as one letter. For example, the letter 'h' is one byte or eight bits, and the word 'hope' is four bytes or 32 bits (4*8).
When looking at the size of a file, a byte is the smallest measurement size listed in operating systems. However, most users see small files listed in kilobytes because most files are bigger than 1,024 bytes (one kilobyte).
A byte is spelled as "byte" and never as "bite."
How large is a byte?
The size of a byte depends on the computer hardware. Usually, it's eight bits. However, the size of a byte is not defined by any standard.
Assuming you used the de facto standard of eight bits in one byte, you could calculate the bits of a document by multiplying its byte size by eight. For example, if you had a 1,432 bytes text document, you'd use: 1,432 * 8 to get 11,456 bits.
Characters in a binary byte
What unit comes before a byte?
A nibble (typically four bits) comes before a byte.
What unit comes after a byte?
Converting bytes to another unit of data
Below is a listing of byte values compared to other units of measurement. Using this chart, you can find how many bytes are in other measurements. For example, you can see 1,000 bytes in a kilobyte. For measurements that are smaller than a byte, the decimal value is shown.
|Byte in a Bit (b)||0.125|
|Byte in a Nibble (N)||0.5|
|Byte in a Byte (B)||1|
|Bytes in a Kilobit (Kb)||125|
|Bytes in a Kilobyte (KB)||1,000|
|Bytes in a Kibibit (Kib)||128|
|Bytes in a Kibibyte (KiB)||1,024|
|Bytes in a Megabit (Mb)||131,072|
|Bytes in a Megabyte (MB)||1,000,000|
|Bytes in a Mebibit (Mib)||131,072|
|Bytes in a Mebibyte (MiB)||1,048,576|
|Bytes in a Gigabit (Gb)||125,000,000|
|Bytes in a Gigabyte (GB)||1,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Gibibit (Gib)||134,200,000|
|Bytes in a Gibibyte (GiB)||1,073,741,824|
|Bytes in a Terabit (Tb)||125,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Terabyte (TB)||1,000,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Tebibit (Tib)||1,099,511,627,776|
|Bytes in a Tebibyte (TiB)||1,099,511,627,776|
|Bytes in a Petabit (Pb)||125,000,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Petabyte (PB)||1,000,000,000,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Pebibit (Pib)||140,700,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Pebibyte (PiB)||1,000,000,000,000,000|
|Bytes in an Exabit (Eb)||125,000,000,000,000,000|
|Bytes in an Exabyte (EB)||1,152,921,504,606,846,976|
|Bytes in an Exbibit (Eib)||144,115,188,000,000,000|
|Bytes in an Exbibyte (EiB)||1,152,921,504,606,846,976|
|Bytes in a Zettabyte (ZB)||1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000|
|Bytes in a Yottabyte (YB)||1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000|
2. BYTE was a niche computer magazine published from 1975 to 1998. Branding itself as "the small systems journal," it focused on microcomputers and related software. After the magazine ended, it returned as a website from 1999 to 2009 and from 2011 to 2013.