The Fibonacci sequence is a sequence of numbers, where every number in the sequence is the sum of the two numbers preceding it. The first two numbers in the sequence are both 1.

Here are the first few terms

1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 ...

Write the shortest code that either:

  • Generates the Fibonacci sequence without end.

  • Given n calculates the nth term of the sequence. (Either 1 or zero indexed)

You may use standard forms of input and output.

(I gave both options in case one is easier to do in your chosen language than the other.)

For the function that takes an n, a reasonably large return value (the largest Fibonacci number that fits your computer's normal word size, at a minimum) has to be supported.


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236 Answers 236


Pyramid Scheme, 385 bytes

   ^           ^
  / \         /l\
 /set\       /oop\
^-----^     ^-----^
-    ^-    /]\   ^-^
    ^-    ^---^ ^- -^
   ^-    ^-   -/ \  -^
  ^-     -^   /set\  -^
 /[\     / \ ^-----^  -^
^---^   /out\-    ^-  / \
-^  -^ ^-----^   /+\ /set\
/1\ / \-    /x\ ^---^-----^
---/set\    --- -  /x\   /+\
  ^-----^          ---  ^---^
 /x\   /1\             /x\  -
 ---   ---             ---

Try it online!

This guy's a whopper. Prints terms indefinitely with no separator. The bit on the left initializes the blank variable and x to one, and the bit on the right does the Fibonaccing. The loop condition (everything to the left below loop) prints both variables before checking the blank one for truthiness (it'll always be nonzero). The loop body updates first blank and then x, thus generating the next two terms for the condition to print.

I can't quite figure out set. It doesn't quite follow the chain of execution, but it almost does, I think. I'll be looking at the Pyramid Scheme source in the next few days (and possibly extending the language); perhaps this will provide me with the insight required to golf some bytes off this monstrosity.


pure bash, 43 chars

Inspired from user unknown's answer:

for((r=l=i=1;i++<40;l+=r+=l)){ echo $r $l;}

Not really golfed, but I like it anyway.


r=1 l=0;echo {,,}{,,}{,,}\ $[r+=l]\ $[l+=r]

Zsh, 31 bytes

try it online

for ((a=1;b+=a;a+=b))echo $a $b

32 bytes, based on James Brown's awk solution:
for ((y=1;z=x+y;y=z))echo $[x=y]

42 bytes, to halt before int overflow:
(for ((a=1;b+=a;a+=b))echo $a $b)|head -46

NB: For a properly "endless" solution I need logic for long long (..) long integers, per this post


Bash 100

This is a very slow, but hey no performance penalty. First line needed.

if [ $1 -lt 2 ]; then
echo $1; exit; fi
expr `$0 \`expr $1 - 1\`` + `$0 \`expr $1 - 2\``
  • \$\begingroup\$ More a question: You don't need a shebang, do you? See ruby, python and xy-script. \$\endgroup\$ – user unknown Apr 12 '11 at 1:39
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ (($1<2))&& echo $1 && exit;v=$1;p=$0;echo $(($($p $((v-1)))+$($p $((v-2))))) 77 chars with the same approach, just different syntax and a bit faster \$\endgroup\$ – user unknown Apr 12 '11 at 1:50
  • \$\begingroup\$ I see the white space surrounding the brackets and instinctively click the "comment" button to tell you it should be removed... then I remember this is bash \$\endgroup\$ – Cyoce Mar 25 '16 at 6:05
  • \$\begingroup\$ There is redundant whitespace here, after each semicolon. \$\endgroup\$ – Peter Cordes Dec 7 '16 at 15:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ solution fails on TIO.run , and so does the version in comments. \$\endgroup\$ – roblogic Aug 28 at 9:20

Scala, 52 chars:

def f(a:Int,b:Int):Int={println(a);f(b,a+b)};f(0,1)


Not so short but displays the fibonacci sequence on screen:


without displaying on screen:


Clojure: 38 chars

    (def f(lazy-cat[0 1](map +(rest f)f)))

run with:


Javascript - 48 chars


Clean and simple... probably not a shortness winner :D

Here is the full implementation:

function a(n) {
    var i;
    var f = new Array();



APL: 26 characters

This is a function which will print out the n and n-1 Fibonacci numbers:

{({⍵+.×2 2⍴1 1 1 0}⍣⍵)0 1}

For example,

{({⍵+.×2 2⍴1 1 1 0}⍣⍵)0 1}13

yields the vector:

233 144
  • \$\begingroup\$ Surely, with APL's prodigious operator vocabulary, it should be able to compete in size with the GolfScript one? ;-) \$\endgroup\$ – Chris Jester-Young Apr 8 '13 at 11:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @ChrisJester-Young Oh probably, but I only started learning APL today... \$\endgroup\$ – SL2 Apr 8 '13 at 23:41

C, 45 (37)

Only because it's easy:

f(n){return n<2?n?1:0:f(n-1)+f(n-2);}

Or the more compiler-friendly/standards-compliant but more verbose version:

#define m main(n
m){return n<2?n?1:0:m-1)+m-2);}

note: once compiled, you have to call main() with an actual value (which will likely take some command line fiddling depending on OS)

  • \$\begingroup\$ Doesn't run for me. \$\endgroup\$ – Johannes Kuhn Nov 28 '13 at 22:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ It only runs as a stand-alone in some environments with very specific settings. I'll add a friendlier version though. \$\endgroup\$ – Stuntddude Nov 28 '13 at 23:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ Number of arguments could work. Intresting way to pass the parameter. \$\endgroup\$ – Johannes Kuhn Nov 29 '13 at 7:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ n?1:0 can be replaced with just n. \$\endgroup\$ – Cyoce May 2 '16 at 15:23

Befunge, 15 13 characters


I didn't spot any Befunge solutions, so I thought I'd write one. Too bad Befunge doesn't have a rotate-n operation, and trampoline # doesn't work at end-of-line to skip first character after looping around. Turns out that part of the spec is considered ambiguous on that point, and my initial interpretation is actually valid.


Befunge 98, 10 characters


8-character code generating the fibonacci sequence on the stack, under the assumption that # should first wrap around then skip, which sadly does not hold in CCBI (where I run my Befunge code). It would work if we restricted the fungespace X dimension to 8 cells.


Using 10 characters, the code actually works in CCBI, generating the sequence on the stack.


With 12 characters, we have working code that outputs space-delimited numbers to stdout (would be 10 chars if based on the first version).


This 20-character version ends the loop as soon as overflow occurs (on 32bit system, it delivers the sequence up to 1836311903). If you add 2 more characters, each number is on a separate line (insert a, after :.)

All these versions operate purely on the stack, no modification of fungespace cells. The 'printing' versions do so in addition to generating the sequence on the stack.


  1. 1 pushes 1 on the empty stack.
  2. # skips the next fungespace cell (;).
  3. :. duplicates, pops and prints the top-of-stack value (1 in the first iteration). Inserting a, here outputs an ASCII 10 character, which makes a new line.
  4. : duplicates again. (Stack now [1 1])
  5. "]" pushes 93 (ASCII). This is explained further below. (Stack now [1 1 93])
  6. y pops a value and pushes system information for it. In our case, that's the third-of-top value on the stack. In the first iteration, this is 0, as there are only two elements there. (Stack now [1 1 0])
  7. + pops two values and pushes their sum. (Stack now [1 1])
  8. :0' compares the TOS value with 0 and pushes 1 if it was greater, else 0. (It should be a backtick.) (Stack now [1 1 1])
  9. 2*k# pops and doubles our comparison result, and performs the # that many times (0 or 2). While the numbers are positive, it skips to the ;, otherwise to the @ (because k automatically moves the IP beyond its target with a 0 argument). (Stack now [1 1])
  10. @ terminates the program. It is only reached when overflow occurred.
  11. ; creates kind of a wormhole. It skips everything until it encounters another ;, which it will at the third character of the line. Execution continues with step 3.)

In step 5.), I use 93 as an argument to y. This value is individual, because y outputs things like the command line arguments and environment variables, and starts returning values from the stack (top-down) if its argument is greater than the size of actual system information y emits. If eg. you rename the script to a different length name, you have to adjust this value.

To find the correct value, you can insert 01-y (which pushes ALL system information) at the beginning, start in the debugger (-t switch for CCBI), step 4, see how big your stack is, add 3, and replace ] with the resulting character.

Note that the use of y may cause CCBI to report an Access violation on @ which can be safely ignored, as is the case on my system (Win8.1/64, ccbi.exe/32). The short versions keep on looping into eternity (given infinite memory).

PS: If we move the :. between the y and +, the printed sequence becomes 0 1 1 2 ... If we want it starting with 0 on the stack, we simply insert 0 at the beginning (and leave :. where it is now).


Ruby, 27

What, no Ruby answers?

p a=b=1;loop{a,b=(p b),a+b}

Prints each number, starting correctly with the first two 1s, to STDOUT ad infinitum (VERY QUICKLY from irb in my environment - you've been warned). I've been learning Ruby lately, so I figured I'd contribute this. If it can be shortened in any way, let me know.


Julia - 20 Characters

f=n->([1 1;1 0]^n)[]

I used the same basic algorithm as the Octave answer. This starts with f(0)->1, f(1)->1, to avoid needing an explicit array index. This is 4 characters shorter than the naive recursive algorithm.


Python 3, 39 38 bytes

while 1:c=a+b;print(c);a=c;b=c


a = 1
b = 1
while 1:
    c = a + b
    a = c
    b = c

Is there some way of getting rid of the b=c statement?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Welcome to PPCG! Does a=b=c work in Python? (Same for a=b=1.) Also, do you really need the space after :? \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Oct 12 '15 at 13:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MartinBüttner It did print the Fibonnaci sequence, and it also showed a weird wavy "animation" :P \$\endgroup\$ – m654 Oct 12 '15 at 14:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MartinBüttner Assignments can be chained, just like comparisons, but they don't return a value so you can't do a=1+(b=c). \$\endgroup\$ – lirtosiast Oct 12 '15 at 14:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ This doesn't print the right sequence. It's not hard to fix though. \$\endgroup\$ – Ørjan Johansen Jan 31 at 23:03

Rust, 44 bytes

fn f(n:u8)->u8{if n<2{n}else{f(n-1)+f(n-2)}}

dc, 29 chars

  • \$\begingroup\$ Verified. how the $^*# does that work?? \$\endgroup\$ – roblogic Aug 28 at 9:04

Vitsy, 11 Bytes

I'm certain there's a way to shorten these.

Print out all fibonacci (to Integer.MAX_VALUE)

01          Push 0 and 1 to the stack.
  [       ] Repeat infinitely.
   D        Duplicate the top item of the stack.
    }       Rotate the stack to right.
     +      Add the top two items.
      D     Duplicate the top item.
       N    Print the top item out as a number.
        aO  Print a return.

Print out to input fibonacci (13 bytes):

01            Push 0 and 1 to the stack.
  }\[       ] Get the input and repeat that many times.
     D        Duplicate the top item of the stack.
      }       Rotate the stack to right.
       +      Add the top two items.
        D     Duplicate the top item.
         N    Print the top item out as a number.
          aO  Print a return.

Minkolang 0.10, 10 bytes

This language was created after this challenge but not for it.

Stream (link, do not click "Run"):


A mite clever, if I do think so. The 2@ at the end is a 2-trampoline that jumps over the 01 at the beginning, allowing the sequence to rise unabated.

Nth Fibonacci (link):


Worse than I expected, 16 bytes. 01 sets it up, nd,7&...N. prints out 0 if the input is 0 and does the loop otherwise. [d1R+] builds up the sequence, then r reverses the stack and the correct number is outputted and the program ends with N..

  • \$\begingroup\$ Grar! Again? You beat me by one again. grumble \$\endgroup\$ – Addison Crump Oct 30 '15 at 20:26
  • \$\begingroup\$ .... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ \$\endgroup\$ – El'endia Starman Oct 30 '15 at 20:38

ShapeScript, 16 14 bytes


This reads an integer n (in unary) from STDIN and prints the nth Fibonacci number.

The submission is non-competing, since this challenge predates ShapeScript's creation by a few years.

Try it online!

How it works

        Input: a string of n 1's 
_       Get the length of the input to push n.
1@      Swap it with 1 (F[-1]).
0@      Swap it with 0 (F[0]).
        STACK: F[-1]   F[0]   n
'       Push a string that, when evaluated for the i-th time,
        does the following:
  @       Swap F[i-2] on top of F[i-1].
  1?      Push a copy of F[i-1].
  +       Add the copy of F[i+1] to F[i].
'       STACK: F[i-1]   F[i]
*!      Repeat the string n times and evaluate it.
#       Discard F[n] from the stack.

Brainf*ck, 489 466 characters

Granted, this is a bit overkill, not to mention that it could be optimised a lot. I will get to improving it tomorrow, since it's too late today.

EDIT: Improved by a few bytes by putting stuff closer together on the tape.


(With added newlines for readability)


Oration, 135 bytes

I believe that this is "optimal"... takes a deep breath here we go!

Start a function f with n
If n<2
Return n
Literally, f(n-2)+f(n-1)
I'm done
Invoke f with number

The little ~> is input. This outputs the (input)th Fibonacci number. This transpiles to (in Python):

def f(n):
    if n<2:
        return  n
    return f(n-2)+f(n-1) 
  • 1
    \$\begingroup\$ Why is the transpiled Python code not golfed D: \$\endgroup\$ – Downgoat Feb 2 '16 at 4:01

Oracle SQL 9.2, 80 bytes


Lua, 51 bytes

function f(n) return n<2 and n or f(n-1)+f(n-2)end

It creates a function called f(n), that takes an input (n). If n = 1, returns n. This function uses recursion.


beeswax, 12 bytes (sequence), 42 bytes (n-th Fib.)

Beeswax is newer than the question, so no competition here.

Fibonacci sequence.


No promotion to higher bit widths implemented in my solution, so 64-bit overflow starts at the 93rd or 92nd Fibonacci number, depending if you start counting your sequence at 0 or 1:

12200160415121876738   ← 93rd Fibonacci number
1293530146158671551    ← 1st. 64-bit overflow/wraparound

N-th Fibonacci number:

  _TNX~P~K#{; d~@M<

The same limit applies to this solution.


CJam, noncompeting, 11 bytes

  • \$\begingroup\$ F(0) = 0. You should eliminate the backslash. \$\endgroup\$ – Dennis Mar 2 '16 at 15:40
  • \$\begingroup\$ Ah I was assuming that we were starting from 1,1..... so I guess this is a good convention since it saves a byte :) \$\endgroup\$ – A Simmons Mar 2 '16 at 16:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ People start the Fibonacci sequence at different values, so F(0) = 0 may or may not be defined. However, when it comes to indexing, F(1), F(2) = 1, since a lot of the sequence's properties depend on that. \$\endgroup\$ – Dennis Mar 2 '16 at 16:29

DUP, 10 bytes


Try it here.

An infinite stream that leaves results on stack. Use the Step button to avoid setting off the infinite loop.


1$         {start w/ 2 1's}
  [     ]! {execute lambda}
   ^^      {take top 2 items on stack}
     +     {add them}
      2!   {self recurse!}

Gogh, 10 bytes


Executed from the command line like this:

$ ./gogh "" "¹Ƥ{Ƥ÷®+Ø}x"


¹       “ Push two ones to the stack.                 ”
Ƥ       “ Print the TOS.                              ”
{       “ Open a code block.                          ”
 Ƥ      “ Print the TOS.                              ”
 ÷      “ Duplicate the TOS.                          ”
 ®      “ Rotate the stack leftward.                  ”
 +      “ Destructively add the TOS to the STOS.      ”
 Ø      “ Loop all preceding code (within the block). ”
}       “ Close a code block.                         ”
x       “ Execute the TOS.                            ”

Scratch, 106 characters

This isn't impressive at all but someone had to do it.

scratch blocks

when gf clicked
add[1]to[f v
 add((item[last v]of[f v])+(item((length of[f v])-(1))of[f v]))to[f v

scratchblocks2 render

Fairly bog-standard solution. "f" is a list which starts off empty. Runs as long as you let it.

Since it's not easy to define what is and isn't a "character" in Scratch I've used the forum plugin's formatting. This allows me to cheat off some additional characters (scratchblocks2 is very lenient with dropping closing parenthesis, "end"s, and shaving off whitespace here and there)


Alpax, 5 bytes (non-competing)

Non-competing since the language postdates the challenge. Code:


Yes, that's right mates. My newest invention, which is more mathematically based than 05AB1E. This language uses a lot of recursion, so be aware. This is a bit like a stack based language, but a little bit different. The elaborated version of the above code is:

a(n) = ⇇+
a(0) = 1, a(1) = 1


⇇ is short for pushing a(n - 1), a(n - 2)
+ adds both functions up.

It then implicitly prints the result of a(n), whereas n is the input.

Uses the Alpax encoding.


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