Is it possible to get a variable state from existing contract which was not verified but I know what variables, functions etc. the contract contains?

Assume, we have the following script (using Brownie, the name of variable is variable_to_obtain):

from brownie import Contract
from scripts.helpers import get_account

def get_variable_of_instance(instance_address):
    account = get_account()
    instance_contract = Contract.from_explorer(instance_address, {"from": account})
    variable_to_return = instance_contract.variable_to_obtain()
    return variable_to_return

def main():
    var = get_variable_of_instance("address_of_instance")

Any idea? Thank you so much.

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The way how to do this depends on the contract that you want to extract the variable from.

If the contract normally provides a function to query this variable you just need to know the correct function id to query it.

If this is not the case then you can use eth_getStorageAt to query the storage at a specific slot for that contract, but for this you will require some knowledge about the internals of that contract.

  • Thank you very much @Richard for providing me with hints. Could you please guide me how to query to the function of the smart contract (if I know its id)?
    – haraslub
    Jan 21, 2022 at 9:34
  • Something like ethereum.stackexchange.com/questions/91510/… should be the way to go
    – Richard
    Jan 21, 2022 at 20:33

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