I have two uint256 values -> 2 and 0

When performing: keccak256(abi.encodePacked(uint(2), uint(0)))

I got the correct result:


What I am confused about is when I am trying to use solely keccak256 on the value: 0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000020000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 which is the result of abi.encodePacked(uint(2), uint(0))

In that case with keccak256 I am getting: 0x608133906c7feb1802e3582d4a7765ca241f9618f3eabaa89a6a14fdea761d9d

What am I missing here? I would expect that I will get the same results.

To sum it up. Why am I getting different results with functions A and B? What raw value do I need to provide to keccak256 of testB to get the same results as testA ?

function testEncode() public pure returns(bytes memory) {
  return abi.encodePacked(uint(2), uint(0)); 
  // returns 0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000020000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

function testA() public pure returns(bytes32) {
  return keccak256(abi.encodePacked(uint(2), uint(0)));
  // returns 0xabbb5caa7dda850e60932de0934eb1f9d0f59695050f761dc64e443e5030a569

function testB() public pure returns(bytes32) {
  // abi.encodePacked(uint(2), uint(0)) // 0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000020000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
  return keccak256("0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000020000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000"); 
  // returns 0x608133906c7feb1802e3582d4a7765ca241f9618f3eabaa89a6a14fdea761d9d

I will be really thankful for your assistance. I am looking into this for hours. I am just trying to understand how it's working internally.


2 Answers 2


The issue is how you are passing the result of abi.encodePacked to the keccak256 function. keccak256 takes a hex argument and not a string as you did in your testB().

using an online tool i was able to get the correct result by passing a hex input type without the 0x at the start of the input. for your case here passing just the hex directly without the string quotes ("") will do the job.

  • Thank you! Such a mistake. I was trying the online tool before but I didn't switch from "text" to "hex". and that was the issue! so silly :D
    – Rhonyn
    Aug 2, 2021 at 15:01

In testB, a string is the argument of keccak256 while in testA, a hexadecimal literal is the argument. There are two solutions:

1- As @Kaki Master Of Time mentioned, you can remove quotes ("")

2- Replace by hex"0000....0002000....0000"

Maybe the following codes make the concept more clear:

bytes2 a1 = "12"; // fine
bytes2 a2 = "0x1234"; // compile error
bytes2 a3 = "0x"; // fine
bytes2 a4 = hex"1234"; // fine
bytes2 a5 = 0x1234; // fine

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