You can interact with contracts pythonically using ape! First, we need to obtain a contract instance. One way to do this is to deploy a contract. The other way is to initialize an already-deployed contract using its address.

From Deploy

Deploy contracts from your project using the project root-level object. The names of your contracts are properties on the project object (e.g. project.MyContract) and their types are ContractContainer.

NOTE: To avoid naming collisions with other properties on the project object, you can also use the get_contract() method to retrieve contract containers.

When you deploy contracts, you get back a ContractInstance:

from ape import accounts, project

dev = accounts.load("dev")
contract = project.MyContract.deploy(sender=dev)

From Project Contract Address

You can also use the at() method from the same top-level project manager when you know the address of an already-deployed contract:

from ape import project

contract ="0x68b3465833fb72A70ecDF485E0e4C7bD8665Fc45")

From Any Address

If you already know the address of a contract, you can create instances of it using the Contract top-level factory:

from ape import Contract

contract = Contract("0x68b3465833fb72A70ecDF485E0e4C7bD8665Fc45")

It will fetch the contract-type using the explorer plugin from the active network, such as ape-etherscan.

If you have the ENS plugin installed, you can use .eth domain names as the argument:

from ape import Contract

contract = Contract("v2.registry.ychad.eth")

From Previous Deployment

Ape keeps track of your deployments for you so you can always refer back to a version that you deployed previously. On live networks, this history of deployments is saved; on local networks, this history lasts for the duration of your script.

Let’s say you previously deployed a smart contract called MyContract on the rinkeby test network. You could then refer back to it like so:

from ape import project, chain, accounts

def main():
  account = accounts.test_accounts[0]
  my_contract = chain.contracts.get_deployments(project.MyContract)[-1]


from ape import project, accounts

def main():
  account = accounts.test_accounts[0]
  my_contract = project.MyContract.deployments[-1]

my_contract will be of type ContractInstance. get_deployments returns a list of deployments you made of that contract type.

Contract Interaction

Then, after you have a contract instance, you can call methods on the contract. For example, let’s say you have a Vyper contract containing some functions:

def get_static_list() -> DynArray[uint256, 3]:
    return [1, 2, 3]

def set_number(num: uint256):
    assert msg.sender == self.owner, "!authorized"
    self.prevNumber = self.myNumber
    self.myNumber = num

You can call those functions by doing:

assert contract.get_static_list() == [1, 2, 3]

# Mutable calls are transactions and require a sender
receipt = contract.set_number(sender=dev)