When I return a string array with web3 I don't get the original array as expected, but rather I get an array of the same size, with the index off by one.

So instead of ["One","Two","Three"] I get ["","One","Two"]

I am certain my contract is correct, because when I call the function on remix.ethereum.org I correctly get ["One","Two","Three"] as the return value.


pragma experimental ABIEncoderV2;
pragma solidity ^0.5.0;

contract ProblemDemo {

    string[] private myStringArray;

    constructor () public {

    function addToMyStringArray (string memory newEntry) public {

    function getMyStringArray () public view returns (string[] memory) {
        return myStringArray;

Simple HTML displaying the issue:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <script src="https://github.com/ethereum/web3.js/blob/develop/dist/web3.min.js" type="text"></script>
    <h1>My Test</h1>
    <div id="output"></div>
    <button id="button">Click</button>
        window.addEventListener('load', function() {
            if(typeof web3 !== undefined) web3js = new Web3(web3.currentProvider);

            document.getElementById("button").addEventListener("click", function() {
            }, function(error, result){}, false);

        var contractInstance;
        var contractABI = [

        "constant": false,
        "inputs": [
                "name": "newEntry",
                "type": "string"
        "name": "addToMyStringArray",
        "outputs": [],
        "payable": false,
        "stateMutability": "nonpayable",
        "type": "function"
        "constant": true,
        "inputs": [],
        "name": "getMyStringArray",
        "outputs": [
                "name": "",
                "type": "string[]"
        "payable": false,
        "stateMutability": "view",
        "type": "function"
        "inputs": [],
        "payable": false,
        "stateMutability": "nonpayable",
        "type": "constructor"
        var contractAddress = "0x8fcb440a8ba9df8ea91493be3bd27ab562d04386";
<!-- Contract Address is on the Rinkeby Test Network -->
        contractInstance = web3.eth.contract(contractABI).at(contractAddress);

        function getMyStringArray() {
            contractInstance.getMyStringArray(function(error, result){
                document.getElementById("output").innerHTML = result;
  • Writing an answer rather than a comment given my reputation. Did you ever find a solution for this ? I keep getting a wrong order of array, it's your same issue. May 1 '19 at 7:15
  • I did a workaround. I wrote a function that takes an uint as a parameter and then the function returns the string at the specified index. May 2 '19 at 13:20

string array is not available in Solidity because String is basically array of character . Nested dynamic arrays not implemented

  • It's not a Solidity problem. The experimental ABI encoder implements this functionality and it's working as intented. Calling the function in Remix IDE returns the expected values. What confuses me is that the query from web3js returns something different. Nov 29 '18 at 22:19

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