Overview of Cast

Cast is Foundry’s command-line tool for performing Ethereum RPC calls. You can make smart contract calls, send transactions, or retrieve any type of chain data - all from your command-line!

How to use Cast

To use Cast, run the cast command followed by a subcommand:

$ cast <subcommand>

Examples

Let’s use cast to retrieve the total supply of the DAI token:

$ cast call 0x6b175474e89094c44da98b954eedeac495271d0f "totalSupply()(uint256)" --rpc-url https://eth-mainnet.alchemyapi.io/v2/Lc7oIGYeL_QvInzI0Wiu_pOZZDEKBrdf
3232730139615860498341419818 [3.232e27]

cast also provides many convenient subcommands, such as for decoding calldata:

$ cast 4byte-decode 0x1F1F897F676d00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000003e7
1) "fulfillRandomness(bytes32,uint256)"
0x676d000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000
999

You can also use cast to send arbitrary messages. Here’s an example of sending a message between two Anvil accounts.

$ cast send --private-key <Your Private Key> 0x3c44cdddb6a900fa2b585dd299e03d12fa4293bc $(cast from-utf8 "hello world") --rpc-url http://127.0.0.1:8545/

📚 Reference

See the cast Reference for a complete overview of all the available subcommands.