Only one question: How can I convert string to hex in ethers.js

I need some alternative to: web3.utils.utf8ToHex() - but in ethers

Any help is appreciated

  • What does the string look like? Is it something like "0x123beef"?
    – Linum Labs
    Apr 8 at 8:48

I couldn't find such a function in ethers.js (hexlify doesn't accept strings as input), but maybe you'll find this utf8ToHex helper function useful:

function utf8ToHex(str) {
  return '0x' + Array.from(str).map(c =>
    c.charCodeAt(0) < 128 ? c.charCodeAt(0).toString(16) :

const string = 'test';
const hexString = utf8ToHex(string);
const web3HexString = web3.utils.utf8ToHex(string);
console.log(hexString, web3HexString);

Good news! Ethers can natively read strings like "0x123beef" as a datatype it calls a HexString (source)

Once you have a HexString, the docs for the available functions/methods are here.

Update: This answer assumes the goal is to go from a hex value that is encoded as a string, like "0x123beef". If you have an arbitrary string (eg "yo wassup"), you would first need to convert it into utf-8 array, and then make it into a hex:

ethers.utils.hexlify(ethers.utils.toUtf8Bytes("yo wassup"));
// output: 0x796f20776173737570
  • The question is how to go from a string like "sif" to a hex string like 0x736966 though. Jul 14 at 23:07
  • 1
    @JamesMoore We'd assumed the intent was for values like "0x123beef", but have updated the answer to include arbitrary strings too!
    – Linum Labs
    Jul 19 at 13:35

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