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The receive function shows an error while compiling in truffle.

//SPDX-License-Identifier: UNLICENSED

pragma solidity >=0.5.0 <0.9.0;

contract Lottery {
    address payable[] public players;
    address public manager;

    constructor() {
        manager = msg.sender;

//Error Function

    receive() external payable{
        require(msg.value == 0.1 ether);

    function getBalance() public view returns (uint256) {
        require(msg.sender == manager);
        return address(this).balance;

    function random() internal view returns (uint256) {

    function pickWinner() public {
        require(msg.sender == manager);
        require(players.length >= 3);

        uint256 r = random();
        address payable winner;

        uint256 index = r % players.length;

        winner = players[index];


        players = new address payable[](0);


ParserError: Expected identifier but got '(' receive() external payable{ ^

  • 1
    This contract is fine, no errors. Your issue comes from another place, please post the full compilation result.
    – Kof
    May 4, 2022 at 20:12
  • @Kof I've added the compilation error to go through. May 5, 2022 at 6:32

1 Answer 1


You're probably using an old version of solidity to compile the contract, receive is a keyword of the language that was added around 0.6.x.


To use version 0.8.x for instance, you first have to update your code -

pragma solidity >=0.8.0 <0.9.0;

In your truffle config file, you can specify the solidity version to use -

  compilers: {
    solc: {
      version: "^0.8.0"

See Truffle Configuration docs here.

  • I changed my solidity version to 0.8.0 but when I check it with truffle version it still shows a solc version of 0.5.16. I reinstalled truffle but the version remains the same. Soo no luck.. May 5, 2022 at 14:44
  • Added how to set solc version to my answer
    – Kof
    May 5, 2022 at 14:51
  • I already changed it to 0.8.0 in config file. But now it shows Source file requires different compiler version (current compiler is 0.5.16+commit.9c3226ce.Emscripten.clang - note that nightly builds are considered to be strictly less than the released version pragma solidity ^0.8.0; I have reinstalled solc and truffle many times but the version still sows 0.5.16 for some reason. May 5, 2022 at 15:03
  • That's because your code requires support of version >=0.5.0 as defined in your 3rd line of code
    – Kof
    May 5, 2022 at 15:19
  • I actually had an inner directory with a config file where I didn't update my truffle version. Works fine now, thanks! May 6, 2022 at 6:49

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