# numpy.linalg.cross#

linalg.cross(x1, x2, /, *, axis=-1)[source]#

Returns the cross product of 3-element vectors.

If `x1` and/or `x2` are multi-dimensional arrays, then the cross-product of each pair of corresponding 3-element vectors is independently computed.

This function is Array API compatible, contrary to `numpy.cross`.

Parameters:
x1array_like

The first input array.

x2array_like

The second input array. Must be compatible with `x1` for all non-compute axes. The size of the axis over which to compute the cross-product must be the same size as the respective axis in `x1`.

axisint, optional

The axis (dimension) of `x1` and `x2` containing the vectors for which to compute the cross-product. Default: `-1`.

Returns:
outndarray

An array containing the cross products.

Examples

Vector cross-product.

```>>> x = np.array([1, 2, 3])
>>> y = np.array([4, 5, 6])
>>> np.linalg.cross(x, y)
array([-3,  6, -3])
```

Multiple vector cross-products. Note that the direction of the cross product vector is defined by the right-hand rule.

```>>> x = np.array([[1,2,3], [4,5,6]])
>>> y = np.array([[4,5,6], [1,2,3]])
>>> np.linalg.cross(x, y)
array([[-3,  6, -3],
[ 3, -6,  3]])
```
```>>> x = np.array([[1, 2], [3, 4], [5, 6]])
>>> y = np.array([[4, 5], [6, 1], [2, 3]])
>>> np.linalg.cross(x, y, axis=0)
array([[-24,  6],
[ 18, 24],
[-6,  -18]])
```