I am working on implementing a smart contract application in which, on and off-chain calculations will exist. I will have to calculate the Hash Function of multiple integers with Python and Solidity. But Solidity and Python give different results respectively as shown below.

Solidity Code:

The Output for (a=1, b=2, c=3) is: 49776295142305522338649292811956300178326541500117443588869412604416814650524

Python Code:

The Output for (a=1, b=2, c=3) is: 45637690538541992090000098772847886457082422231295691457910964509567538102535

I need to understand how Solidity encodes the input integers and passes them to the hash function, How this could be done in Python?


3 Answers 3


I would check out the Web3.py library, specifically the function Web3.soliditySha3

This will work for computing the hash you need:

from web3 import Web3

print(int(Web3.soliditySha3(['uint256', 'uint256', 'uint256'], [1 ,2, 3]), 16))
  • 2
    Note that this will change in v4, which is now released in beta. soliditySha3 will return a bytes-like object, so you would do: print(Web3.toInt(Web3.soliditySha3(...)))
    – carver
    Commented Nov 16, 2017 at 18:33
  • It gives the following error, it seems I have to instantiate the Web3 class and there is no empty constructor option there. TypeError: unbound method soliditySha3() must be called with Web3 instance as first argument (got list instance instead) Commented Nov 17, 2017 at 11:16
  • I created an instance by: w3 = Web3(TestRPCProvider()). and after that everything works now. Thank you all so much. Commented Nov 17, 2017 at 12:03
  • seems like breaking changes between versions. Like @carver said, you'll also have to switch to using Web3.toInt instead of int() because soliditySha3 returns a bytes-like object in v4
    – natewelch_
    Commented Nov 17, 2017 at 13:25

As of v5 of the Web3.py library, you would do:

from web3 import Web3, EthereumTesterProvider

w3 = Web3(EthereumTesterProvider())
print(w3.toInt(w3.solidityKeccak(['uint256', 'uint256', 'uint256'], [1, 2, 3])))


There's also this:

    b'\x00'*31 + b'\x01' +
    b'\x00'*31 + b'\x02' +
    b'\x00'*31 + b'\x03')))

from web3 import Web3
w3 = Web3(Web3.HTTPProvider('your network endpoints'))

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