I am trying to call a function which changes the length of a global storage array.

At first I thought that the problem was related to the array-length changing attempt.

But I have finally come to realize that it is related to the way I am calling it via web3.

A similar question is given here, but it does not provide the web3 code which has been used, and so I am unable to make a proper correlation between the answer to it and the problem in my code.

Here is my Python code:

from web3 import Web3
from web3 import RPCProvider
from json import loads

eth = Web3(RPCProvider()).eth
abi = open('Test.abi').read()
bin = open('Test.bin').read()
contract = eth.contract(abi=loads(abi),bytecode=bin)
tx_hash  = contract.deploy(transaction={'from':eth.accounts[0]})
address  = eth.getTransactionReceipt(tx_hash)['contractAddress']
module   = contract(address).call()

print(module.getLength()) # prints 0
print(module.getLength()) # prints 0

And here is my Solidity code:

pragma solidity ^0.4.18;

contract Test {
    uint8[] private arr;

    function Test() public {

    function setLength(uint256 length) public {
        arr.length = length;

    function getLength() public constant returns (uint256) {
        return arr.length;

Thank you.

1 Answer 1


module in the question's code will always only make "calls". If you want to change state, you must make a transaction. In web3.py, that looks like:

mycontract = contract(address)
mycontract.transact({... your transaction parameters ...}).setLength(1)

Then, after waiting for the transaction to be mined, getLength() will retrieve the new value.

  • I should use mycontract.call().getLength() though, right? Commented Dec 22, 2017 at 17:59

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