I have the following contract:

pragma solidity ^0.4.17;

contract test{

mapping(bytes4 => bool) internal supportedInterfaces;
uint public a;

function test() public{
          supportedInterfaces[this.transferFrom.selector] = true;

  function supportsInterface(bytes4 interfaceID) external view returns (bool) {
        return supportedInterfaces[interfaceID];

  function transferFrom(address _from, address _to, uint256 _tokenId) public{
     a = 1;

  function transferFrom(address _from, address _to, uint256 _tokenId, bytes data) public{
    a = 2;


But I get the error:

Member 'transferFrom' is not unique after argument dependent lookup.

So how do I refer to the selector (or two different ones) in the test function?

Edit: https://github.com/ethereum/solidity/issues/1256 --does this issue mean that it's not resolved?

1 Answer 1


I don't know if there's a better way, but you can compute the function selectors directly:



  • 1
    You forgot to also convert the function signature into bytes : Should be: bytes4(keccak256(bytes("transferFrom(address,address,uint256))")) - bytes4(keccak256(bytes("transferFrom(address,address,uint256,bytes"))) Mar 21, 2020 at 14:55
  • Casting the string in bytes is not necessary here.You can hash the string with keccak256 directly, like -> bytes4(keccak256("transferFrom(address,address,uint256)")) instead of -> bytes4(keccak256(bytes("transferFrom(address,address,uint256)")) It is slightly cheaper in gas, as casting to bytes(...) add 84 extra gas units.
    – CJ42
    Jun 3, 2022 at 10:03

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