I'm trying to check where is stored a string in storage in Solidity.

For testing this I'm using this code:

pragma solidity 0.5.4;

contract AssemblyString {
    string s; // slot 0

    function set(string calldata _s) external {
        s = _s;

    function get(uint i) public view returns (bytes32){
        bytes32 r;
        assembly {
            r := sload(i) //we load the slot number i
        return r;

If I set string less than 31 bytes works fine as solidity specifies:

  1. Deploy contract
  2. set("ether")
  3. get(0)

Output: 0x657468657200000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000a

The first part stands for the encoded string: 0x6574686572 equals "ether".
The second part is the size*2: 0xA equals 10 in decimal. (ether has 5 letters, then 5 times 2 equals 10)
All the zeros in between are padded to reach 32 bytes long.

But! if I set string more than 31 bytes, I can't find the string.
As the specification says, the data of the string is contained in the keccak256(slot).

When I search for keccak256(0) = 044852b2a670ade5407e78fb2863c51de9fcb96542a07186fe3aeda6bb8a116d
To decimal: 1937035142596246788172577232054709726386880441279550832067530347910661804397

Output: 0x0

But if I debug the contract in Remix IDE, I found that the data is stored always in key 0x290decd9548b62a8d60345a988386fc84ba6bc95484008f6362f93160ef3e563,
dec: 18569430475105882587588266137607568536673111973893317399460219858819262702947 and the string is stored at that position.

What I'm doing wrong?

Thank you for your time.

1 Answer 1


I found the solution!

running this in javascript:

const utils = require('web3-utils'); // npm install web3
>> 290decd9548b62a8d60345a988386fc84ba6bc95484008f6362f93160ef3e563

Also with this code in solidity:

function test() public pure returns(bytes32){
    bytes memory a = new bytes(32);
    return keccak256(a);

It works!

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