It should be easy, but I'm having a hard time using a simple smart contract described in the Solidity language reference called SimpleStorage. It only as one attribute, a setter and a getter, and I'm trying to use it inside a private testnet.

What I'm doing

This is the contract:

pragma solidity >=0.4.0 <0.7.0;

contract SimpleStorage {
    uint storedData;

    function set(uint x) public {
        storedData = x;

    function get() public view returns (uint) {
        return storedData;

After compiling and launching within a geth console session, I'm trying to verify the current value with get():

> contract.get()   # This is how I call a view function
0                  # the returned value is 0.

After verifying this, set some different value with set():

> contract.set.sendTransaction(15, {from: eth.accounts[0]})

We see the transaction that was issued. After waiting for this transaction to be mined, I try to verify if the value changed:

> contract.get()   
0                  # the value is still 0!

As we can see, the value was not updated! What am I missing?

If I take the transaction hash, I can verify it was actually mined with web3.eth.getTransactionReceipt and web3.eth.getTransaction:

> web3.eth.getTransactionReceipt("0xe520abe45178d9034b1bd071db4e0db43fd92e33fd1ea4a4bfaccc4333551c07")
    blockHash: "0x17cb0d49e008032fcca7dce0e369985f6942a7bde96b76f3c37ee3a82f8bae6f",
    blockNumber: 254,
    contractAddress: null,
    cumulativeGasUsed: 90000,
    from: "0x221a8435a32a7212298038c0a4d12920a117153c",
    gasUsed: 90000,
    logs: [],
    logsBloom: "0x00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000",
    root: "0x4f64f7de49d4da235fa36e11ca04420d832a424121dc694c82183d4dc595d0aa",
    to: "0x9170addc770a6753d58614c184d4547a805c3217",
    transactionHash: "0xe520abe45178d9034b1bd071db4e0db43fd92e33fd1ea4a4bfaccc4333551c07",
    transactionIndex: 0

Above, notice the field gasUsed. Doesn't it indicate that the transaction was actually added to the chain? Also, why is contractAddress null? How could I fix that?

> web3.eth.getTransaction("0xe520abe45178d9034b1bd071db4e0db43fd92e33fd1ea4a4bfaccc4333551c07")
    blockHash: "0x17cb0d49e008032fcca7dce0e369985f6942a7bde96b76f3c37ee3a82f8bae6f",
    blockNumber: 254,
    from: "0x221a8435a32a7212298038c0a4d12920a117153c",
    gas: 90000,
    gasPrice: 1000000000,
    hash: "0xe520abe45178d9034b1bd071db4e0db43fd92e33fd1ea4a4bfaccc4333551c07",
    input: "0x60fe47b10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000063",
    nonce: 12,
    r: "0x1045aecfef65d3097794fe9831b4296dabafe9e1ff4eadff63e51fb3b9ea7331",
    s: "0x74e8212e8dc46e046a594541993098ea0f5cdf44c643b8384926bbce17bb2e5a",
    to: "0x9170addc770a6753d58614c184d4547a805c3217",
    transactionIndex: 0,
    v: "0x42",
    value: 0

Additional Info

Private network info:

> eth.gasPrice
> admin.nodeInfo.protocols.eth.difficulty

Geth info:

> geth version
Version: 1.8.27-stable
Git Commit: 4bcc0a37ab70cb79b16893556cffdaad6974e7d8
Architecture: amd64
Protocol Versions: [63 62]
Network Id: 1
Go Version: go1.10.4
Operating System: linux

Solidity compiler (solc) info:

> solc --version
solc, the solidity compiler commandline interface
Version: 0.5.9+commit.c68bc34e.Linux.g++

How I compiled the contract:

solc -o . --bin --abi SimpleStorage.sol

How I launched the contract:

var abi = [{"constant":false,"inputs":[{"name":"x","type":"uint256"}],"name":"set","outputs":[],"payable":false,"stateMutability":"nonpayable","type":"function"},{"constant":true,"inputs":[],"name":"get","outputs":[{"name":"","type":"uint256"}],"payable":false,"stateMutability":"view","type":"function"}]
var bin = "0x6080604052600c60005534801561001557600080fd5b5060c6806100246000396000f3fe6080604052348015600f57600080fd5b506004361060325760003560e01c806360fe47b11460375780636d4ce63c146062575b600080fd5b606060048036036020811015604b57600080fd5b8101908080359060200190929190505050607e565b005b60686088565b6040518082815260200191505060405180910390f35b8060008190555050565b6000805490509056fea265627a7a7230582093a1e9fcbdcbfb91a91cd118203aba4ad0ccbe2b5822cdf1f019dbd9da66ff4764736f6c63430005090032"
var config = {
                from: web3.eth.accounts[0],
                data: bin,
                gas: '4700000'
var callback = function(e, contract){
    console.log(e, contract);
    if (typeof contract.address !== 'undefined') {
        console.log('Contrato minerado! endereço: ' + contract.address);


var contract_factory = web3.eth.contract(abi);
var contract = contract_factory.new(config, callback);

How I set up my own private testnet: following, roughly but not exactly, the steps in this guide: Running a “quick” Ethereum private network for experimentation and testing by Timothy McCallum.

The difference is I did not need to rewrite part of the geth Go code and recompile it.

  • Try to specify the gas when sending transaction. It seems like the transaction is reverting and the issue can be the gas and the gasUsed does not indicate that its actually added to the chain. Look for the status in transaction receipt if its 0x0 that means that the transaction reverted and if 0x1 then it was successfull Jun 21, 2019 at 8:15
  • I tried that. Check my update on the question, I added network difficulty and gas price. Based on that, how should I choose how much gas to set? Anyways, this did not solve the problem.
    – Diego Lima
    Jun 21, 2019 at 13:55

1 Answer 1


So, after a lot of guessing and trying, I experimented switching geth and solc versions. I did that because I remember doing these stuff last year, and didn't have to go through so much hassle.

In the end, only switching solc version was enough. I replaced my solc version and repeated everything I had previously done, exactly the same way, and it worked.

I have no idea why this happened, and I hope I don't have to keep using older versions...

How I did it:

Head to the solidity language github page. Under "releases", I picked some version which dated to around early 2018, which was 0.4.22. So, clone it, switch to tags/0.4.22, and follow the steps to build from source:

git clone https://github.com/ethereum/solidity
cd solidity
git checkout tags/v0.4.22
mkdir build
cd build
cmake .. && make

Now, just use the fresh solc version you just compiled, which is ./build/solc/solc

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