How do I find the slot of a private variable?

I know that Foundry has the method stdstorage.sig(), but that only works for variables with public getters, so private ones are out of scope.



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Forge provides the inspect command to get specialized information about a smart contract.

Printing a contract's storage layout is achieved via:

forge inspect <Contract> storage --pretty

Note that <Contract> is the path to the contract's file plus the contract's name, eg src/Counter.sol:Counter.

The --pretty flag prints the storage layout in a more readable format. Without it, the command outputs the storage layout in json format.

  • How do you feed the address of an already deployed contract to the inspect command? Don't see the flag for it in the docs
    – dNyrM
    Nov 13, 2023 at 10:40
  • If the contract is verified on etherscan, you can use cast etherscan-source <address> --chain <chainId>. See here for more info. Nov 13, 2023 at 10:51
  • That worked! Thanks.
    – dNyrM
    Nov 13, 2023 at 11:02
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    also you can use services like evm.storage for deployed contracts
    – crystalbit
    Nov 13, 2023 at 11:11
  • While external services like evm.storage can be used, keep in mind that they only support a subset of EVM chains. Foundry itself is chain-independent and the above proposed solution works for every EVM chain. However, the etherscan trick also only works for EVM chains with an Etherscan instance. Nov 14, 2023 at 7:18

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