I am building a web UI for testing smart contracts and currently I have to supply the ABI for a contract I test. Is there a way to extract the ABI from a deployed contract (preferably programmatically)?

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If the source code has been published to Etherscan, then they have an API to retrieve it. From https://etherscan.io/apis#contracts:

Get Contract ABI for Verified Contract Source Codes


  • Unfortunately this wont work as I need it for smart contracts running on a private network (Ganache)
    – Andrey
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 15:06
  • That's correct. In general, there's no way to get the ABI for a contract unless it's been explicitly stored somewhere.
    – user19510
    Commented Jan 30, 2018 at 16:57

Go to EtherScan > enter the contract address > click on the Contract in the tab section heading > Scroll down to find the Contract ABI > click on the Copy icon to copy it


Yes, there are tools that try to recover ABI from bytecode.

For example porosity and mythril.

It is not always possible to recover ABI because bytecode does not contain function signatures but only last 4 bytes of function signature hash.

  • If you look at potosity or mythril, you need an ABI to Disassemble or Decompilation. There's no way to get an ABI from a deployed contract.
    – hefgi
    Commented May 16, 2018 at 13:44

Deployed contracts are stored in bytecode so out of the box you can't extract the source ABI, however there are open source decompiling tools that attempt to recover the ABI.

What you can do is store the ABI JSON in IPFS and reference it by it's content hash.


You can also copy your ABI in Remix by going to Compile-->Details(ABI) sectionABI



I think this is a good answer if someone is looking to get the function signatures, ABI from bytecode. It also has a way to retrieve the function signature in human readable form from 4 byte hash of the function signature.

If the loaders doesn't work you can always find signatures for most used functions here - https://www.4byte.directory/

Here is a code example that I used

const { whatsabi } = require("@shazow/whatsabi");

(async () => {
  // Your contract bytecode (hexadecimal)
  const bytecode = "your byte code here";

  // Get an ABI-like list of interfaces
  const abi = whatsabi.abiFromBytecode(bytecode);

  // We also have a suite of database loaders for convenience
  const signatureLookup = new whatsabi.loaders.OpenChainSignatureLookup();
  for (const interface of abi) {
    const signature = await signatureLookup.loadFunctions(interface.selector);

  • cool, thank you so much!
    – Siwei
    Commented Mar 26 at 7:25

Since you are developing the UI, I supposed you have developed the contract as well. In that case, if you are using Truffle, after deploying the contract you can find the ABI for each contract you deployed in the autogenerated build/contracts folder in your project, for example /build/contracts/Migrations.json.


If you are deploying by command line, you can read from the file where is previously builded, in the case of hardhat there is a example:

const fs = require("fs")
const path = require("path")

const getTheAbi = () => {
  try {
    const dir = path.resolve(
    const file = fs.readFileSync(dir, "utf8")
    const json = JSON.parse(file)
    const abi = json.abi
    console.log(`abi`, abi)

    return abi
  } catch (e) {
    console.log(`e`, e)

When using React, you can check the ABI of deployed contracts by accessing the artifacts folder that is created after deployment:

artifacts -> contracts -> smartcontract.sol -> smartcontract.json

  • If you are using Brownie for local python deployment, after you use command brownie compile, you can find the JSON ABI of your smart contract in this folder: build -> contracts -> ContractABC.json Commented Oct 20, 2022 at 19:22

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