If I assign a bytes32 variable such as

bytes32 x = 0xffff;

but then I want to change the last byte (or any byte really) so that x is now 0xffaa, is there any possible way to do this? I want the change to be persistent so that any changes in x are reflected in the blockchain, not just mask into a particular byte and use the result.



The following code makes x a storage (state) variable of the contract, which can be changed by invoking the changeX function. x is a storage variable whose value will be persisted.

pragma solidity ^0.4.0;
contract C {
    bytes32 public x = 0xffff;

    function changeX() external {
        x = 0xffaa;

You can try the code in Remix.

(public makes it easier for you to inspect the value of x.)

  • I should have been more specific in my question, but I'd like to pass a byte and the position of that byte into the function changeX() in your example. How might that be done?
    – jojeyh
    Nov 2 '17 at 11:39
  • Please ask a new question. (I think someone else will be able to answer faster than me.)
    – eth
    Nov 2 '17 at 19:42
  • This example does not compile
    – jojeyh
    Nov 2 '17 at 23:26
  • What doesn't compile? ethereum.github.io/browser-solidity/…
    – eth
    Nov 3 '17 at 8:49

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