Solidity noob but have looked around and cannot seem to find an answer to my specific issue. I am sure I am overlooking something really obvious but need help.

I am working in Remix using the Injected Web3 environment. I have successfully deployed a test contract from the injected wallet (using https://github.com/OpenZeppelin/openzeppelin-contracts/blob/master/contracts/token/ERC20/ERC20.sol) and I can see the 1 trillion tokens in that wallet. So far so good.

I have a second contract and am just trying to set up some functions so I can:

  • Approve an allowance for the contract to spend this token on my behalf
  • Send the token on my behalf (to itself, in this case)

The code I have is:

    // grant allowance to contract to spend 'amount' on behalf of caller
    function approveToken(uint amount) public payable {
        token.increaseAllowance(address(this), amount);
    // send 'amount' from caller to contract
    function sendToken(uint amount) public payable {
        token.transferFrom(msg.sender, address(this), amount);
    // return balance of 'token' owned by caller
    function getTokenBalance() public view returns(uint256) {
        return token.balanceOf(msg.sender);
    // return 'token' allowance contract can spend on behalf of caller
    function getTokenAllowance() public view returns(uint256) {
        return token.allowance(msg.sender, address(this));

approveToken executes without any error

getTokenBalance works fine (shows the tokens)

getTokenAllowance returns 0

What I think is happening is when I run the sendToken function from remix my wallet is the caller, not the contract. So I am essentially checking whether I have given myself an allowance to send this token, and perhaps that is what is tripping things up. So it seems to me I need to make sure the contract is what is calling the sendToken function as that is the 3rd party given an allowance.

But I am lost, any help would be appreciated.

1 Answer 1


Sorted, was being stupid and calling the tokens approve() function via the transfer contract and not on on the token contract directly.

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