Pure and View Functions in Solidity

Solidity Programming Language
3 min readMar 22, 2022

Thanks to GrandZero

Aim: To learn pure and view functions

Code:https://github.com/veridelisi/basic-solidity/blob/main/pureandview/pureandview.sol

Pure Functions

Functions can be declared pure in which case they promise not to read from or modify the state.(Source : SolidityLang)

It means that you cannot change state and you cannot read the state.

View Functions

Functions can be declared view in which case they promise not to modify the state.(Source : SolidityLang)

It means that you can read the state but you cannot change the state

TypeError: Function declared as pure, but this expression (potentially) reads from the environment or state and thus requires “view”.

This is true version.

We try to change the state using view.

Function declared as view, but this expression (potentially) modifies the state.

This is true version.

Pure function only uses with local variables that are declared in the function.

Warning: Function state mutability can be restricted to pure

This is true version.

Question ? What do you use for the following functions?

uint public number = 7;

uint public number2=9;

function addWithState(uint y) public ……. returns (uint) {

return number + y;

}

function addWithoutState(uint i, uint j) public ….. returns (uint) {

return i + j;

}

Answer:

Why ?

You need to use view in the addWithState function because this function uses state variable (number)

You need to use pure in the addWithoutState function because this function doesnt use state variable (number). These are only local variables.

Dr.Engin YILMAZ

Ankara

2022

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