I have a smart contract that has a fair number of functions, but a large number of require() statements because I carefully check every incoming parameter and some intermediate calculation results too. I've been fighting an out-of-gas error during my Truffle 5.0 beta migrations for a long time now with this contract.

On a hunch, I did a search-and-replace throughout the contract that commented out every require() statement. The out-of-gas error went away and I could deploy successfully.

If I use the solc optimizer I can deploy successfully with the require() statements intact. But then I can't use the Truffle debugger since currently it can't coexist with optimized code, and I really need the debugger.

I thought it might be due to the long strings I was using as my "revert messages" for the require() statements, so I radically cut down their size, but the error still occurred. Then I tried changing them all to empty strings but still got the error. It really appears to be the sheer number of require() statements that is causing the out-of-gas error but only when I don't use the optimizer.

Has anyone experience this and can suggest a technique to get the gas low enough that I can deploy. Note I am sending an extremly high amount of gas with my migration, just below the Block Limit for the Ganache client.


   Replacing 'EtherBandBattlesManager'
Error:  *** Deployment Failed ***

"EtherBandBattlesManager" ran out of gas (using a value you set in your network config or deployment parameters.)
   * Block limit:  100000000
   * Gas sent:     99999999

    at ./.nvm/versions/node/v8.11.1/lib/node_modules/truffle/build/webpack:/packages/truffle-deployer/src/deployment.js:364:1
    at <anonymous>
    at process._tickCallback (internal/process/next_tick.js:188:7)
Truffle v5.0.0-beta.2 (core: 5.0.0-beta.2)
Solidity v0.5.0 (solc-js)
Node v8.11.1

1 Answer 1


I was made aware of a flag in the Ganache command line client that allows unlimited contract sizes during development. By using this flag, I can now deploy/migrate to Ganache without getting an out-of-gas error (thanks to Jerry on Loom Network Telegram channel for telling me about this flag).

Here is the command line I use to launch the Ganache CLI client:

ganache-cli -d 100000000 --allowUnlimitedContractSize

Note the additional -d flag that allows you to specify a higher maximum block gas limit than the default value. You can see the complete list of Ganache CLI flags on the GitHub repo readme page for that project:


So, when I develop I use the Ganache CLI client with the --allowUnlimitedContractSize flag and without using the solc optimizer. When I deploy to Rinkeby or Main Net (or any other non-local network), to avoid out-of-gas errors, I do enable the solc optimizer by adding the following top level section to my truffle.js configuration file :

solc: { optimizer: { enabled: true, runs: 200 } }

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.