I am going to run the virtual ethereum machine from the code, pass to it a compiled smart contract code.

But I do not know how to do it.

It's my code: package main

import (


func main() {
    var code string = "6060604052600a8060106000396000f360606040526008565b00"
    vm := vm.NewEVM(context.Background())


To create an instance of a virtual machine

vm := vm.NewEVM()

I have to pass parameters such as:

- ctx Context 
- statedb StateDB
- chainConfig *params.ChainConfig
- vmConfig Config

Where to get these parameters?

  • 1
    Did you consider to use the "evm" utility of geth (github.com/ethereum/go-ethereum)? It is mentioned in the README.md. Once you install this utility you can run your code with the following command: evm --code 60ff60ff --debug
    – Briomkez
    Jun 12, 2018 at 19:36
  • Yes I know about it but I would just like to do the same from the code. I can not find anywhere how to do it. Jun 12, 2018 at 19:41
  • Ah, ok. I think that the best place to get some insight about these data structures is the go ethereum code base itself. In particular I suggest you to take a look to the file core/vm/evm.go Here you can find the definition of the struct context and understand what is needed.
    – Briomkez
    Jun 12, 2018 at 19:49

1 Answer 1


1) Context is created this way:

context := NewEVMContext(msg, header, bc, author)

Function definition is located in core/evm.go:

// NewEVMContext creates a new context for use in the EVM.
func NewEVMContext(msg Message, header *types.Header, chain ChainContext, author *common.Address) vm.Context {

2) You get StateDB like this:

statedb, err := blockchain.StateAt(block.Root())
if err != nil {
    log.Error("Can't get StateAt() , probably I am not running on a full node","block_num",block.Number().Uint64())
    return  err

Where blockchain is core.Blockchain object and block is a types.Block object

3) ChainConfig is created in params/config.go

MainnetChainConfig = &ChainConfig{
    ChainId:        big.NewInt(1),
    HomesteadBlock: big.NewInt(1150000),
    DAOForkBlock:   big.NewInt(1920000),
    DAOForkSupport: true,
    EIP150Block:    big.NewInt(2463000),
    EIP150Hash:     common.HexToHash("0x2086799aeebeae135c246c65021c82b4e15a2c451340993aacfd2751886514f0"),
    EIP155Block:    big.NewInt(2675000),
    EIP158Block:    big.NewInt(2675000),
    ByzantiumBlock: big.NewInt(4370000),

    Ethash: new(EthashConfig),

4) vm config is created like this:

        Debug: false,
        EnableJit: false,
        ForceJit: false,

Obviously , you have to import all these modules. Your import statement will be something like this:


The cmd/evm directory of Ethereum's geth distribution contains example code that you need to run an arbitrary EVM assembly.

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