Basically I need to use DAI stablecoin in my contract. I want to test it out so I have copied the DAI smart contract code and deployed it on my localhost. Everything works fine, but I can't write Hardhat tests to my code, because it doesn't know about the contract deployed on my localhost. How should I write the tests when using another contract in my contract?

    address daiContractAddress = 0x9fE46736679d2D9a65F0992F2272dE9f3c7fa6e0; // HOW TO GET THIS TO HARDHAT TESTS?

    function getDaiBalanceForOwner() external view returns(uint){
        IERC20 dai = IERC20(address(daiContractAddress ));
        return dai.balanceOf(msg.sender); //Error: Transaction reverted: function call to a non-contract account
  • This isn't really a hardhat question. This is about your testing framework. Are you using web3js or ethers - for example? In any case, you can simply reference an existing contract in your tests - with ethers it's factory.at(addr) if I remember right Aug 15, 2021 at 19:26
  • @LauriPeltonen Yes, I am using ethers. I am not quite sure how to use the code you sent, could you provide some documentation for this, please? I can update my question with my hardhat code if that helps?
    – David
    Aug 15, 2021 at 19:44
  • docs.ethers.io/v5/api/contract/contract/#Contract-attach But you would probably be better off deploying the DAI in your tests in beforeEach cycle Aug 15, 2021 at 19:50
  • @LauriPeltonen You mean deploying it in beforeEach and then passing it into the original contract constructor?
    – David
    Aug 15, 2021 at 20:21
  • For example, yes Aug 16, 2021 at 4:09

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Final solution with help of @LauriPeltonen: I am just deploying my dai contract in beforeEach and then taking its address and passing it to the contract constructor.


address public daiContractAddress; 

constructor(address _daiContractAddress ) {
    daiContractAddress = _daiContractAddress;

function getDaiBalanceForOwner() external view returns(uint){
    IERC20 dai = IERC20(address(daiContractAddress));
    return dai.balanceOf(msg.sender);

EthersJS test:

beforeEach(async function () {
    dai = await ethers.getContractFactory("Dai"); 
    myContract= await ethers.getContractFactory("MyContract"); 
    dai = await dai.deploy(1); //deploying dai contract first
    myContract = await myContract.deploy(dai.address); //deploying my contract later using dai.address in constructor

  describe("Deployment", function() {
    it("Should be able to implement usd dai stablecoin", async function() {
      expect(ethers.utils.formatEther(await myContract.getDaiBalanceForOwner())).to.equal("0.0");

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