Using Oraclize, I request a some external data in the form "1 2 3", i.e., space-separated integers (OR any other delimiter).

Indeed, these numbers could be requested one at a time, but this would be EXPENSIVE.

Now, to work with these integers, I need to convert them back to integers and store them inside an array.

I know the parseInt() function for converting a string to a number, but how to I break up the string into "1", "2", "3", such that I can parse the numbers and store them in an array?

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    @AchalaDissanayake and other editors: I reverted the edit made in revision 2 back to OP's original wording. OP is performing a conversion of integers to strings, not a split of strings to array of strings. Also, the edit mentions an "array with a delimiter" in simplest parsing. That doesn't even make sense! Lastly, editor's title turned string into "String" (uppercase) which is inappropriate in both interpretations of the word; the type in Solidity is string and the computer-y meaning is also simply just another English word. OP's title was fine as-is. Edit adds three mistakes. – lungj Oct 8 '17 at 15:48
  • The function was generalized to use it with any separator not only with spaces. – Achala Dissanayake Oct 8 '17 at 17:02

You may use a library like stringutils or solidity-util to for that. For your special case, casting the string to bytes and manipulating like the following function will work.

contract MyContract{

    bytes tempNum ; //temporarily hold the string part until a space is recieved
    uint[] numbers;

    function splitStr(string str, string delimiter) constant returns (int []){ //delimiter can be any character that separates the integers 

        bytes memory b = bytes(str); //cast the string to bytes to iterate
        bytes memory delm = bytes(delimiter); 

        for(uint i; i<b.length ; i++){          

            if(b[i] != delm[0]) { //check if a not space
            else { 
                numbers.push(parseInt(string(tempNum))); //push the int value converted from string to numbers array
                tempNum = "";   //reset the tempNum to catch the net number                 

        if(b[b.length-1] != delm[0]) { 
        return numbers;

If you can't use parseInt you may use your own function to convert to uint as follow found here,

function bytesToUint(bytes b) constant returns (uint result) {

    result = 0;
    for (uint i = 0; i < b.length; i++) { 
        if (b[i] >= 48 && b[i] <= 57) {
            result = result * 10 + (uint(b[i]) - 48); 
    return result;

Then instead of numbers.push(parseInt(string(tempNum))); you can use numbers.push(bytesToUint(tempNum));

Or you can look into the libraries code and use only the function you need. Those might be efficient.

Hope this helps!

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  • Thanks! Do you know of this library is already deployed on Rinkeby testnet? Can you describe what your code does? Is 0x20 used as a separator? What if a real byte takes this value? – Shuzheng Oct 5 '17 at 17:42
  • 0X20 is the hex value of 32 which is the char value of space , you can change the delimeter by changing that value, for your case since it's spsce I used 0x20 – Achala Dissanayake Oct 5 '17 at 17:44
  • Yes, Thank you! It is so nice, just what I needed. – Shuzheng Oct 5 '17 at 18:24
  • Your code has some minor errors, like the temp.push(). – Shuzheng Oct 5 '17 at 18:25
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    Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. – Badr Bellaj Oct 7 '17 at 12:10

You can also use solidity-util, a relatively new library:

string[] storage split = str.split(" ");
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