I'd like to multiply Ether by a decimal (a proportion, e.g. 0.05). I've got:

ufixed proportion; // What type should proportion be?

function functionName() {
  var Ether = msg.value; // (in units of wei)
  var proportionOfEther = Ether * proportion

My Solidity linter is saying that * is not compatible with uint256 (the Ether) and ufixed128x128 (the proportion).


Instead of multiplying by a decimal, multiply and divide by integers.

i.e. (Ether * 5)/100

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    This is exactly what you should do, but be certain to use the parens to do it in the order shown. If you divide first, I think you would get a different result due to truncation. Also, if I were you, I would be careful to think in terms of wei, not ether. The assignment var Ether = msg.value is already a bit off (at least the name of the variable is) because msg.value is in wei. You comments says that, but the variable name disagrees. A minor point, I know, but when dealing with this stuff, you have to be super careful in my experience. Jan 31 '17 at 0:02
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    ^This is important. Whenever possible, avoid using Ether as a unit. It is far easier to reason about an integer quantity of Wei than a fractional quantity of ether. Jan 31 '17 at 0:05
  • @ThomasJayRush TjadenHess Thank you, I have changed the variable names to wei. I was using Ether to refer to the currency, not the denomination, but that isn't important.
    – Will White
    Jan 31 '17 at 11:50
  • also you should note that the namesether, wei, finney, etc. are reserved in Solidity. (ether == 10**18, finney == 10**15, etc.) Jan 31 '17 at 16:12
  • If I have 7 Ether, then the result will be 0.35. At any rate, it will get chopped off as a zero. Jun 15 '17 at 8:01

You can use DS-Math (I answered that here in more detail)


fixed point math does not work in solidity yet.

See https://solidity.readthedocs.io/en/v0.4.24/types.html

That is why you need to use the methods listed above.


You may use mulu function from ABDK Math 64.64 library. It multiplies uint value by 64.64-bit fixed point number.

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