This code does not compile:

pragma solidity >=0.8.0;

contract MyContract {
    uint256 public foo = 314;

    function myFunction() external view returns (uint256 result) {
        assembly {
            result := foo

This error is thrown:

TypeError: only local variables are supported. To access storage variables, use the ".slot" and ".offset" suffixes.

I modified my code like this:

result := foo.slot

But the result I got was "1" instead of "314". How can I get access to this storage variable in inline assembly?

1 Answer 1


See the Access to External Variables, Functions and Libraries section in the docs.

The solution is to use the sload function and pass the slot as the only argument:

assembly {
    result := sload(foo.slot)


  • Be careful if the value you're reading does not have a span of exactly 256 bits (e.g. address). You cannot assume that the bits not part of the encoding will be zero.
  • For dynamic data types like arrays, you have to use .offset and .length besides .slot.
  • 1
    It is simple. But, result memory variable didn't return as real value. It is result memory variable initialize value 1 in constructor(), when I assign like this and console log with hardhat log result like this 5973652239065808857055946470512512878469198127164779725056. Why? Compiler version is 0.8.4. Thank you for interest. Commented Jan 27, 2022 at 14:41

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