Buidler EVM

Buidler comes built in with Buidler EVM, a local Ethereum network designed for development. It allows you to deploy your contracts, run your tests and debug your code.

How does it work?

  • It mines a block with each transaction that it receives, in order and with no delay.
  • It's backed by the ethereumjs-vm EVM implementation, the same one used by ganache, Remix and Ethereum Studio.
  • It supports the following hardforks:
    • byzantium
    • constantinople
    • petersburg
    • istanbul

How can I use it?

  • Buidler will always spin up an instance on startup when defaultNetwork is empty or set to buidlerevm. It's the default behavior.
  • It can be used to run tests, in the console, scripts and tasks
  • Plugins (web3.js, ethers.js, Truffle, etc) connect directly to the provider
  • There's no need to make any changes to your tests or scripts.
  • It's simply another network and it can be used with --network

Solidity stack traces

Buidler EVM has first-class Solidity support. It always knows which smart contracts are being run, what they do exactly and why they fail.

If a transaction or call fails, Buidler EVM will throw an exception. This exception will have a combined JavaScript and Solidity stack trace: stack traces that start in JavaScript/TypeScript up to your call to the contract, and continue with the full Solidity call stack.

This is an example of a Buidler EVM exception:

Error: Transaction reverted: function selector was not recognized and there's no fallback function
  at ERC721Mock.<unrecognized-selector> (contracts/mocks/ERC721Mock.sol:9)
  at ERC721Mock._checkOnERC721Received (contracts/token/ERC721/ERC721.sol:334)
  at ERC721Mock._safeTransferFrom (contracts/token/ERC721/ERC721.sol:196)
  at ERC721Mock.safeTransferFrom (contracts/token/ERC721/ERC721.sol:179)
  at ERC721Mock.safeTransferFrom (contracts/token/ERC721/ERC721.sol:162)
  at TruffleContract.safeTransferFrom (node_modules/@nomiclabs/truffle-contract/lib/execute.js:157:24)
  at Context.<anonymous> (test/token/ERC721/ERC721.behavior.js:321:26)

The last two lines correspond to the JavaScript test code that executed a failing transaction. The rest is the Solidity stack trace. This way you know exactly why your tests aren't passing.

Automatic error messages

Buidler EVM always knows why your transaction or call failed, and uses this information to make debugging your contracts easier.

When a transaction fails without a reason, Buidler EVM will create a clear error message in the following cases:

  • Calling a non-payable function with ETH

  • Sending ETH to a contract without a payable fallback function

  • Calling a non-existent function when there's no fallback function

  • Calling a function with incorrect parameters

  • Calling an external function that doesn't return the right amount of data

  • Calling an external function on a non-contract account

  • Failing to execute an external call because of its parameters (e.g. trying to send too much ETH)

  • Calling a library without DELEGATECALL

  • Incorrectly calling a precompiled contract


Buidler EVM allows you to print logging messages and contract variables calling console.log() from your Solidity code. You can see an example in the Sample Project. Follow the steps in Quick Start to try it out.

  • You can use it in calls and transactions. It works with view functions, but not in pure ones.
  • It always works, regardless of the call or transaction failing or being successful.
  • To use it you need to import @nomiclabs/buidler/console.sol.
  • It works with Solidity 0.5.x and 0.6.x.
  • You can call console.log with up to 4 parameters in any order of following types:
    • uint
    • string
    • bool
    • address
  • There's also the single parameter API for the types above, and additionally bytes, bytes1.. up to bytes32:
    • console.logInt(int i)
    • console.logUint(uint i)
    • console.logString(string memory s)
    • console.logBool(bool b)
    • console.logAddress(address a)
    • console.logBytes(bytes memory b)
    • console.logByte(byte b)
    • console.logBytes1(bytes1 b)
    • console.logBytes2(bytes2 b)
    • ...
    • console.logBytes32(bytes32 b)
  • console.log implements the same formatting options that can be found in Node.js' console.log, which in turn uses util.format.
    • Example: console.log("Changing owner from %s to %s", currentOwner, newOwner)
  • It works with any library: web3.js, ethers.js, truffle-contract, waffle, etc.
  • console.log is implemented in standard Solidity and then detected in Buidler EVM. This makes its compilation work with any other tools (like Remix or Truffle).
  • console.log calls can run in other networks, like mainnet, kovan, ropsten, etc. They do nothing in those networks, but spend a minimal amount of gas.

Buidler EVM initial state

Buidler EVM is initialized by default in this state:

  • A brand new blockchain, just with the genesis block.
  • 20 accounts with 10.000 ETH each
    • 0xc783df8a850f42e7f7e57013759c285caa701eb6
    • 0xead9c93b79ae7c1591b1fb5323bd777e86e150d4
    • 0xe5904695748fe4a84b40b3fc79de2277660bd1d3
    • 0x92561f28ec438ee9831d00d1d59fbdc981b762b2
    • 0x2ffd013aaa7b5a7da93336c2251075202b33fb2b
    • 0x9fc9c2dfba3b6cf204c37a5f690619772b926e39
    • 0xfbc51a9582d031f2ceaad3959256596c5d3a5468
    • 0x84fae3d3cba24a97817b2a18c2421d462dbbce9f
    • 0xfa3bdc8709226da0da13a4d904c8b66f16c3c8ba
    • 0x6c365935ca8710200c7595f0a72eb6023a7706cd
    • 0xd7de703d9bbc4602242d0f3149e5ffcd30eb3adf
    • 0x532792b73c0c6e7565912e7039c59986f7e1dd1f
    • 0xea960515f8b4c237730f028cbacf0a28e7f45de0
    • 0x3d91185a02774c70287f6c74dd26d13dfb58ff16
    • 0x5585738127d12542a8fd6c71c19d2e4cecdab08a
    • 0x0e0b5a3f244686cf9e7811754379b9114d42f78b
    • 0x704cf59b16fd50efd575342b46ce9c5e07076a4a
    • 0x0a057a7172d0466aef80976d7e8c80647dfd35e3
    • 0x68dfc526037e9030c8f813d014919cc89e7d4d74
    • 0x26c43a1d431a4e5ee86cd55ed7ef9edf3641e901

To customise it, take a look at the configuration section.

JSON-RPC methods support

Supported methods

  • eth_accounts
  • eth_blockNumber
  • eth_call
  • eth_chainId
  • eth_coinbase
  • eth_estimateGas
  • eth_gasPrice
  • eth_getBalance
  • eth_getBlockByHash
  • eth_getBlockByNumber
  • eth_getBlockTransactionCountByHash
  • eth_getBlockTransactionCountByNumber
  • eth_getCode
  • eth_getFilterChanges – Only for block filters
  • eth_getStorageAt
  • eth_getTransactionByBlockHashAndIndex
  • eth_getTransactionByBlockNumberAndIndex
  • eth_getTransactionByHash
  • eth_getTransactionCount
  • eth_getTransactionReceipt
  • eth_mining
  • eth_newBlockFilter
  • eth_pendingTransactions
  • eth_sendRawTransaction
  • eth_sendTransaction
  • eth_sign
  • eth_syncing
  • eth_uninstallFilter
  • eth_signTypedData
  • net_listening
  • net_peerCount
  • net_version
  • web3_clientVersion
  • web3_sha3

Special testing/debugging methods

  • evm_increaseTime – same as Ganache.
  • evm_mine – same as Ganache, except it doesn’t accept a timestamp.
  • evm_revert – same as Ganache.
  • evm_snapshot – same as Ganache.

Unsupported methods

  • eth_getFilterLogs
  • eth_getLogs
  • eth_getProof
  • eth_getUncleByBlockHashAndIndex
  • eth_getUncleByBlockNumberAndIndex
  • eth_getUncleCountByBlockHash
  • eth_getUncleCountByBlockNumber
  • eth_getWork
  • eth_hashrate
  • eth_newFilter
  • eth_newPendingTransactionFilter
  • eth_protocolVersion
  • eth_signTransaction
  • eth_submitHashrate
  • eth_submitWork
  • eth_subscribe
  • eth_unsubscribe
  • eth_compileLLL
  • eth_compileSerpent
  • eth_compileSolidity
  • eth_getCompilers


Supported Solidity versions

Buidler EVM can run any smart contract, but it only understands Solidity 0.5.1 and newer.

If you are compiling with an older version of Solidity, or using another language, you can use Buidler EVM, but Solidity stack traces won't be generated.

Solidity optimizer support

Buidler EVM can work with smart contracts compiled with optimizations, but this may lead to your stack traces' line numbers being a little off.

We recommend compiling without optimizations when testing and debugging your contracts.

Last Updated: 1/24/2020, 4:27:32 PM