Contract Deployment and Interaction

Contract Deployment and Interaction

This guide shows you how to deploy a smart contract to zkSync and call its methods using the zksync-web3-rsopen in new window SDK.

This is what we're going to do:

  • Deploy, and verify a smart contract on zkSync Era testnet that stores a greeting message.
  • Call a view method that retrieves the greeting message.
  • Perform a transaction that updates the greeting message.

Project available as an example in the SDK REPO

This entire tutorial can be easily run using cargo run --example contract-deployment which is available under the examples/ directoryopen in new window in the zksync-web3-rsopen in new window.


This tutorial assumes that you know how to create a rust project and add zksync-web3-rsopen in new window as a dependency. We recommend having followed the Rust SDK Getting started tutorial first.

Also, since our SDK does not provide wrappers for the compiler, building the Greeter contract is out of the scope of this tutorial. We will provide the ABI and compilation output together with the source code for the smart contract.

The Greeter contract

In this tutorial, we are going to work with the Greeter.sol contract.

//SPDX-License-Identifier: Unlicense
pragma solidity ^0.8.8;

contract Greeter {
    string private greeting;

    constructor(string memory _greeting) {
        greeting = _greeting;

    function greet() public view returns (string memory) {
        return greeting;

    function setGreeting(string memory _greeting) public {
        greeting = _greeting;

Connecting to zkSync Era

To interact with the zkSync network users need to know the endpoint of the operator node. In this tutorial, we will be using the zkSync Era In-Memory Node from matter-labs/era-test-nodeopen in new window. The test node a zkSync Era node (L2) on port 8011. You can connect to the zkSync Era network using the following code:

use std::str::FromStr;
use zksync_web3_rs::providers::{Middleware, Provider};
use zksync_web3_rs::signers::{LocalWallet, Signer};
use zksync_web3_rs::ZKSWallet;

// This is the default url for a local `era-test-node` instance.
static ERA_PROVIDER_URL: &str = "";

// This is the private key for one of the rich wallets that come bundled with the era-test-node.
static PRIVATE_KEY: &str = "7726827caac94a7f9e1b160f7ea819f172f7b6f9d2a97f992c38edeab82d4110";

let zk_wallet = {
    let era_provider = Provider::try_from(ERA_PROVIDER_URL).unwrap();

    let chain_id = era_provider.get_chainid().await.unwrap();
    let l2_wallet = LocalWallet::from_str(PRIVATE_KEY)
    ZKSWallet::new(l2_wallet, None, Some(era_provider.clone()), None).unwrap()

Deploy the Greeter contract

Before we begin, you'll need the compiled contract bytecode ./Greeter.binopen in new window and its Application Binary Interface (ABI) ./Greeter.abiopen in new window. These files define the contract's code and its interface, respectively.

  1. The ABI file defines the interface and methods of the smart contract. Download it from hereopen in new window and place it on ./Greeter.abi.

  2. The bytecode file contains the compiled binary code of the Greeter smart contract. Download it from hereopen in new window and place it on ./Greeter.bin.

  3. Use the following snippet to deploy the contract to zkSync Era.

use ethers::abi::Abi;
use zksync_web3_rs::zks_wallet::DeployRequest;

static CONTRACT_BIN: &str = include_str!("./Greeter.bin");
static CONTRACT_ABI: &str = include_str!("./Greeter.abi");

// Deploy contract:
let contract_address = {
    // Read both files from disk:
    let abi = Abi::load(CONTRACT_ABI.as_bytes()).unwrap();
    let contract_bin = hex::decode(CONTRACT_BIN).unwrap().to_vec();

    // DeployRequest sets the parameters for the constructor call and the deployment transaction.
    let request = DeployRequest::with(abi, contract_bin, vec!["Hey".to_owned()])

    // Send the deployment transaction and wait until we receive the contract address.
    let address = zk_wallet.deploy(&request).await.unwrap();

    println!("Contract address: {:#?}", address);


Congratulations! You have deployed and verified a smart contract to zkSync Era Testnet 🎉

Calling the greet() view method

In this section, we'll show you how to interact with the Greeter smart contract that you previously deployed to zkSync Era. Specifically, we'll demonstrate how to call the greet() view method of the contract, which allows you to retrieve a greeting message from the blockchain.

The following Rust code snippet demonstrates how to call the greet() method and display the returned message:

use zksync_web3_rs::zks_wallet::CallRequest;

// Call the greet view method:
    let era_provider = zk_wallet.get_era_provider().unwrap();
    let call_request = CallRequest::new(contract_address, "greet()(string)".to_owned());

    let greet = ZKSProvider::call(era_provider.as_ref(), &call_request)

    println!("greet: {}", greet[0]);

Updating the Greeting Message with setGreeting

In this section, we'll guide you through the process of updating the greeting message stored in the Greeter smart contract. The setGreeting method is used to change the greeting message. Since it alters the state of the contract on the blockchain, it requires a signed transaction.

The following code snippet sends a signed transaction that calls the setGreeting method. The transaction is signed using the l2_wallet stored in the ZKSWallet.

// Perform a signed transaction calling the setGreeting method
    let receipt = zk_wallet

        "setGreeting transaction hash {:#?}",

After successfully updating the greeting message, you may want to confirm that the change has taken effect. To do this, we call the greet() method again and display the updated greeting message:

    let era_provider = zk_wallet.get_era_provider().unwrap();
    let call_request = CallRequest::new(contract_address, "greet()(string)".to_owned());

    let greet = ZKSProvider::call(era_provider.as_ref(), &call_request)

    println!("greet: {}", greet[0]);