My contract is returning me this error:

execution reverted: ERC721: approval to current owner

How can I fix this?

//SPDX-License-Identifier: Unlicense
pragma solidity ^0.8.0;

import "hardhat/console.sol";
import "@openzeppelin/contracts/utils/Counters.sol";
import "@openzeppelin/contracts/token/ERC721/extensions/ERC721URIStorage.sol";
import "@openzeppelin/contracts/token/ERC721/ERC721.sol";

contract NFTMarketplace is ERC721URIStorage {
    using Counters for Counters.Counter;
    //_tokenIds variable has the most recent minted tokenId
    Counters.Counter private _tokenIds;
    //Keeps track of the number of items sold on the marketplace
    Counters.Counter private _itemsSold;
    //owner is the contract address that created the smart contract
    address payable owner;
    //The fee charged by the marketplace to be allowed to list an NFT
    uint256 listPrice = 0.001 ether;

    //The structure to store info about a listed token
    struct ListedToken {
        uint256 tokenId;
        address payable owner;
        address payable seller;
        uint256 price;
        bool currentlyListed;

    //the event emitted when a token is successfully listed
    event TokenListedSuccess(
        uint256 indexed tokenId,
        address owner,
        address seller,
        uint256 price,
        bool currentlyListed

    //This mapping maps tokenId to token info and is helpful when retrieving details about a tokenId
    mapping(uint256 => ListedToken) private idToListedToken;

    constructor() ERC721("NFTMarketplace", "NFTM") {
        owner = payable(msg.sender);

    function updateListPrice(uint256 _listPrice) public payable {
        require(owner == msg.sender, "Only owner can update listing price");
        listPrice = _listPrice;

    function getListPrice() public view returns (uint256) {
        return listPrice;

    function getLatestIdToListedToken()
        returns (ListedToken memory)
        uint256 currentTokenId = _tokenIds.current();
        return idToListedToken[currentTokenId];

    function getListedTokenForId(
        uint256 tokenId
    ) public view returns (ListedToken memory) {
        return idToListedToken[tokenId];

    function getCurrentToken() public view returns (uint256) {
        return _tokenIds.current();

    //The first time a token is created, it is listed here
    function createToken(
        string memory tokenURI,
        uint256 price
    ) public payable returns (uint) {
        //Increment the tokenId counter, which is keeping track of the number of minted NFTs
        uint256 newTokenId = _tokenIds.current();

        //Mint the NFT with tokenId newTokenId to the address who called createToken
        _safeMint(msg.sender, newTokenId);

        //Map the tokenId to the tokenURI (which is an IPFS URL with the NFT metadata)
        _setTokenURI(newTokenId, tokenURI);
        // setApprovalForAll(msg.sender, true);
        //Helper function to update Global variables and emit an event
        createListedToken(newTokenId, price);

        return newTokenId;

    function createListedToken(uint256 tokenId, uint256 price) private {
        //Make sure the sender sent enough ETH to pay for listing
        require(msg.value == listPrice, "Hopefully sending the correct price");
        //Just sanity check
        require(price > 0, "Make sure the price isn't negative");

        //Update the mapping of tokenId's to Token details, useful for retrieval functions
        idToListedToken[tokenId] = ListedToken(

        _transfer(msg.sender, address(this), tokenId);
        //Emit the event for successful transfer. The frontend parses this message and updates the end user
        emit TokenListedSuccess(

    //This will return all the NFTs currently listed to be sold on the marketplace
    function getAllNFTs() public view returns (ListedToken[] memory) {
        uint nftCount = _tokenIds.current();
        ListedToken[] memory tokens = new ListedToken[](nftCount);
        uint currentIndex = 0;
        uint currentId;
        //at the moment currentlyListed is true for all, if it becomes false in the future we will
        //filter out currentlyListed == false over here
        for (uint i = 0; i < nftCount; i++) {
            currentId = i + 1;
            ListedToken storage currentItem = idToListedToken[currentId];
            tokens[currentIndex] = currentItem;
            currentIndex += 1;
        //the array 'tokens' has the list of all NFTs in the marketplace
        return tokens;

    //Returns all the NFTs that the current user is owner or seller in
    function getMyNFTs() public view returns (ListedToken[] memory) {
        uint totalItemCount = _tokenIds.current();
        uint itemCount = 0;
        uint currentIndex = 0;
        uint currentId;
        //Important to get a count of all the NFTs that belong to the user before we can make an array for them
        for (uint i = 0; i < totalItemCount; i++) {
            if (
                idToListedToken[i + 1].owner == msg.sender ||
                idToListedToken[i + 1].seller == msg.sender
            ) {
                itemCount += 1;

        //Once you have the count of relevant NFTs, create an array then store all the NFTs in it
        ListedToken[] memory items = new ListedToken[](itemCount);
        for (uint i = 0; i < totalItemCount; i++) {
            if (
                idToListedToken[i + 1].owner == msg.sender ||
                idToListedToken[i + 1].seller == msg.sender
            ) {
                currentId = i + 1;
                ListedToken storage currentItem = idToListedToken[currentId];
                items[currentIndex] = currentItem;
                currentIndex += 1;
        return items;

    function executeSale(uint256 tokenId) public payable {
        uint price = idToListedToken[tokenId].price;
        address seller = idToListedToken[tokenId].seller;
            msg.value == price,
            "Please submit the asking price in order to complete the purchase"

        //update the details of the token
        idToListedToken[tokenId].currentlyListed = true;
        idToListedToken[tokenId].seller = payable(msg.sender);

        //Actually transfer the token to the new owner
        _transfer(address(this), msg.sender, tokenId);
        //approve the marketplace to sell NFTs on your behalf
        approve(msg.sender, tokenId);

        //Transfer the listing fee to the marketplace creator
        //Transfer the proceeds from the sale to the seller of the NFT
  • Could you be more concise on what command you are running to get this error?
    – immaxkent
    Commented Sep 29, 2023 at 12:35
  • 1
    Please ask questions in a way people can replicate what you are trying to do. Commented Sep 29, 2023 at 12:50

1 Answer 1


The error you are getting matches an error found in an earlier version of Open Zeppelin's ERC-721 contract.

The reason you are getting this error is because you are trying to approve the owner of the token to spend the token.

For example:

Alice owns an NFT with tokenId of 7.

Alice tries to call approve() using her own address and her own NFT's tokenId.

approve(address(Alice), 7) would return "ERC721: approval to current owner".

Here is the require code that I think is being triggered:

require(to != owner, "ERC721: approval to current owner");

The issue is inside your executeSales() function and comes from these lines:

 _transfer(address(this), msg.sender, tokenId);
        //approve the marketplace to sell NFTs on your behalf
        approve(msg.sender, tokenId);

You are first transferring the NFT with tokenId to msg.sender, then immediately afterwards you are trying to approve msg.sender to spend the NFT you just sent them.

I think what you are trying to do is have msg.sender approve your marketplace for the token you've just sent them, if that's the case, you'd want to use the internal _approve() function to bypass msg.sender checks, and then instead of approving msg.sender, approve address(this) instead.

This will ensure that

  1. msg.sender is sent the NFT

  2. Your marketplace contract is approved to spend the NFT you sent to msg.sender.

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