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In Remix IDE, it's straightforward to deploy a smart contract and then execute a function call to see the debug log for gas usage. How may we see the gas consumption for function calls in hardhat? Assume that npx hardhat node is run on a different tab while contract is also deployed npx hardhat run --network localhost scripts/deploy.js

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After a lot of trial and error, the following worked for me. First, we have to add web3 to hardhat. To do this run the following command in the terminal.

$ npm install --save-dev @nomiclabs/hardhat-web3 web3

Then open hardhat.config.js file and add dependency.

require("@nomiclabs/hardhat-web3");

Finally we can estimate gas with web3 in our tests.

    var methodSignature = web3.eth.abi.encodeFunctionSignature(func);
    var encodedParameter = web3.eth.abi.encodeParameter("string", "ABCDEFGH");

    var data = methodSignature //method signature
        + encodedParameter.substring(2); //hex of input string without '0x' prefix

    let gas = await provider.estimateGas({
                                           from: owner.address,
                                           to: addr2.address,
                                           data: data,
                                           value: 1000000000000000,
                                           function(estimatedGas, err) {
                                               console.log("estimatedGas: " + estimatedGas);
                                               console.log("Err:" + err);
                                           }
                                         });
    console.log("Gas: " + gas);


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