Is there a way to directly be able to retrieve CHAIN_ID information about the executing chain from a smart contract?

I know that for any chain that has EIP-155 implemented, CHAIN_IDs are retrievable from the v component of a signature but would require the passing of one for extraction.

Since CHAIN_ID is information about the chain I suspect that there should be a way to access this. Is there a way for Solidity to directly get this information?

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    Alternative: Because you are deploying the contract on a different chain you can give the chain id as a constructor parameter. Commented Aug 17, 2018 at 14:40

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As of version 0.5.12, Solidity includes an assembly function chainid() that provides access to the new CHAINID opcode:

function getChainID() external view returns (uint256) {
    uint256 id;
    assembly {
        id := chainid()
    return id;

To use it, ensure you set the compiler's EVM version to Istanbul with the --evm-version istanbul flag.

Related documentation: Solidity Assembly - v0.5.12

[UPDATE] In the latest Solidity version, you can obtain the chainid from the block using block.chainid . For more details, refer to the documentation: https://docs.soliditylang.org/en/latest/units-and-global-variables.html#block-and-transaction-properties


chainid is available in native solidity 0.8.0. So you can get chain id like block timestamp or block number.

Here is the code.


Documentation https://docs.soliditylang.org/en/v0.8.0/units-and-global-variables.html

Solidity update PR is here. https://github.com/ethereum/solidity/pull/10557

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    TypeError: "chainid" is not supported by the VM version (v0.8.0)
    – Jim
    Commented Nov 24, 2021 at 19:56
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    FYI "Chain ID is a 256-bit value." - eips.ethereum.org/EIPS/eip-1344
    – Stiin
    Commented Jan 12, 2022 at 20:43
  • I think the VM version and solidity version is a different thing. Solidity version v0.8.0 has "block.chainId" but VM implements eip-1344. Commented Feb 3, 2022 at 11:15
  • That's seems like the better answer
    – Roy Toledo
    Commented Apr 8, 2022 at 16:29
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    @Barney Chambers, solidity version and EVM version are two different things, you need to make sure the selected EVM version is at least Istanbul for block.chainid to compile.
    – hellopeach
    Commented Dec 28, 2022 at 12:42

There isn't as of yet, but Istanbul (the upcoming hardfork) includes eip-1344, which includes a CHAINID opcode that pushes the chain id to the stack. I assume Solidity will add block.chainId or something similar, or at least add it to Solidity Assembly so that libraries can access it.

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