Function Call

In this section we provide an explanation how the FunctionCall action execution works, what are the inputs and what are the outputs. Suppose runtime received the following ActionReceipt:

fn main() {
ActionReceipt {
     id: "A1",
     signer_id: "alice",
     signer_public_key: "6934...e248",
     receiver_id: "dex",
     predecessor_id: "alice",
     input_data_ids: [],
     output_data_receivers: [],
     actions: [FunctionCall { gas: 100000, deposit: 100000u128, method_name: "exchange", args: "{arg1, arg2, ...}", ... }],

input_data_ids to PromiseResult's

ActionReceipt.input_data_ids must be satisfied before execution (see Receipt Matching). Each of ActionReceipt.input_data_ids will be converted to the PromiseResult::Successful(Vec<u8>) if is Some(Vec<u8>) otherwise if is None promise will be PromiseResult::Failed.


The FunctionCall executes in the receiver_id account environment.

  • a vector of Promise Results which can be accessed by a promise_result import PromisesAPI promise_result)
  • the original Transaction signer_id, signer_public_key data from the ActionReceipt (e.g. method_name, args, predecessor_id, deposit, prepaid_gas (which is gas in FunctionCall))
  • a general blockchain data (e.g. block_index, block_timestamp)
  • read data from the account storage

A full list of the data available for the contract can be found in Context API and Trie


First of all, runtime does prepare the Wasm binary to be executed:

  • loads the contract code from the receiver_id account storage
  • deserializes and validates the code Wasm binary (see prepare::prepare_contract)
  • injects the gas counting function gas which will charge gas on the beginning of the each code block
  • instantiates Bindings Spec with binary and calls the FunctionCall.method_name exported function

During execution, VM does the following:

  • counts burnt gas on execution
  • counts used gas (which is burnt gas + gas attached to the new created receipts)
  • counts how accounts storage usage increased by the call
  • collects logs produced by the contract
  • sets the return data
  • creates new receipts through PromisesAPI


The output of the FunctionCall:

  • storage updates - changes to the account trie storage which will be applied on a successful call
  • burnt_gas - irreversible amount of gas witch was spent on computations
  • used_gas - includes burnt_gas and gas attached to the new ActionReceipts created during the method execution. In case of failure, created ActionReceipts not going to be sent thus account will pay only for burnt_gas
  • balance - unspent account balance (account balance could be spent on deposits of newly created FunctionCalls or TransferActions to other contracts)
  • storage_usage - storage_usage after ActionReceipt application
  • logs - during contract execution, utf8/16 string log records could be created. Logs are not persistent currently.
  • new_receipts - new ActionReceipts created during the execution. These receipts are going to be sent to the respective receiver_ids (see Receipt Matching explanation)
  • result could be either ReturnData::Value(Vec<u8>) or ReturnData::ReceiptIndex(u64)`

Value Result

If applied ActionReceipt contains output_data_receivers, runtime will create DataReceipt for each of data_id and receiver_id and data equals returned value. Eventually, these DataReceipt will be delivered to the corresponding receivers.

ReceiptIndex Result

Successful result could not return any Value, but generates a bunch of new ActionReceipts instead. One example could be a callback. In this case, we assume the the new Receipt will send its Value Result to the output_data_receivers of the current ActionReceipt.