I am trying to figure out how big could a contract be? Is it possible to have 10k functions? One million? More?

Is there any restriction on the function's body size?

Does a bigger contract need more gas to be deployed?

Is a bigger contract slower than a smaller one?

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    You can distribute your code over several of contracts. You do not need to deploy the code in a single transaction. May 4, 2018 at 15:33
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    Now there is the Diamond Standard that solves the max size issue: github.com/ethereum/EIPs/issues/2535
    – Nick Mudge
    Mar 23, 2020 at 15:34

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Solidity contracts are compiled to EVM bytecode. Contract bytecode costs 200 gas per byte of bytecode, and since block gas limit is 8 million right now, you could theoretically get a ~40,000 (a little less since there's extra for deployment/tx data) byte contract deployed. It's unlikely that you'd be able to create a contract this size though since blocks don't usually have that much extra space already. Regarding execution speed, this is totally dependent on your implementation.

Edit: As pointed out by @Ismael, there's actually a 32kb limit per transaction as explained here. That page also says there's also a 24576 byte limit for contract size, so I stand corrected! The EIP for the contract byte limit can be found here.

Edit2: If you're looking for a formal explanation for the contract size limit, check out definition 97 of the yellow paper:

Yellow Paper Definition 97

That is, the output size of the final body code must not be bigger than 24576 bytes.


You can get around the contract size limitation by using the Transparent Contract Standard: https://github.com/ethereum/EIPs/issues/1538

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