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Cross Contract Call

Cross Contract Call refers to triggering execution of another contract from a contract. The execution is similar to an EtoC Transaction except that:

  • Tokens being transferred are from the Contract instead of an External Owned Account.
  • Gas is consumed in External Owned Account
  • No transaction receipt


  • Events emitted from the contract being called are included in the transaction receipt of the EtoC Transaction.
  • All changes (include data change in world state) are effective only after success of the entire transaction.

Here is to illustrate the details by example smart contracts my_little_pony and contract_proxy.

Call Contract by using Trait

SDK provides developer-friendly ways to call another contract by using macro use_contract. Address of the contract is specified inside the attribute list in the macro.

/// ### Lesson 1:
/// use macro `use_contract` to specify the contract action entrypoint methods in a trait.
/// The address is hard-coded when using macro `use_contract`.
/// It is recommended to remove/comment out the methods that are not intended to be used.
pub trait MyLittlePony {
    //fn self_introduction() -> String;
    fn grow_up();
    //fn change_person(name :String, age :u32, gender_name :String, description :String);

In the example above, module my_little_pony is generated which name which is the trait name in snake case format. Associate methods are generated inside the module for being used to make cross contract call.

/// ### Lesson 2:
/// The trait will be transformed to mod by using macro `use_contract`. 
/// Calling the contract `MyLittlePony` can be simply calling associate methods according to defined method in the trait.
/// Value and Gas will be needed in cross contract call
fn grow_up() {
    my_little_pony::grow_up(0, 120000);

Call Contract by using function

Cross contract call can also be simply made by using function Transaction::call_contract.

/// ### Lesson 3:
/// It is also possible to use call_contract() instead of macro `use_contract` to make a cross contract call.
/// Address can also be passed as argument so that contract address is not necessary hard-coded.
fn grow_up_2() {
        0, 120000);

Different from using Trait, it nolonger requires address to be hardcoded as it can be passed from method arguments.

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