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Transfers & Actions

Smart contracts can perform specific Actions such as transferring NEAR, or calling other contracts.

An important property of Actions is that they can be batched together when acting on the same contract. Batched actions act as a unit: they execute in the same receipt, and if any fails, then they all get reverted.

info

Actions can be batched only when they act on the same contract. You can batch calling two methods on a contract, but cannot call two methods on different contracts.


Transfer NEAR โ“ƒโ€‹

You can send $NEAR from the your contract to any other account on the network. The Gas cost for transferring $NEAR is fixed and is based on the protocol's genesis config. Currently, it costs ~0.45 TGas.

import { NearContract, NearBindgen, near, call } from 'near-sdk-js'

@NearBindgen
class Contract extends NearContract {
constructor() { super() }

@call
transfer({ to, amount }: { to: string, amount: BigInt }) {
let promise = near.promiseBatchCreate(to)
near.promiseBatchActionTransfer(promise, amount)
}
}
tip

The only case where a transfer will fail is if the receiver account does not exist.

caution

Remember that your balance is used to cover for the contract's storage. When sending money, make sure you always leave enough to cover for future storage needs.


Function Callโ€‹

Your smart contract can call methods in another contract. In the snippet bellow we call a method in a deployed Hello NEAR contract, and check if everything went right in the callback.

import { NearContract, NearBindgen, near, call, bytes } from 'near-sdk-js'

const HELLO_NEAR: string = "hello-nearverse.testnet";
const NO_DEPOSIT: number = 0;
const CALL_GAS: bigint = BigInt("5000000000000");

@NearBindgen
class Contract extends NearContract {
constructor() { super() }

@call
call_method() {
const args = bytes(JSON.stringify({ message: "howdy" }))

const call = near.promiseBatchCreate(HELLO_NEAR);
near.promiseBatchActionFunctionCall(call, "set_greeting", args, NO_DEPOSIT, CALL_GAS);

const then = near.promiseThen(call, near.currentAccountId(), "callback", bytes(JSON.stringify({})), NO_DEPOSIT, CALL_GAS);
return near.promiseReturn(then);
}

@call
callback() {
if(near.currentAccountId() !== near.predecessorAccountId()){near.panic("This is a private method")};

if (near.promiseResultsCount() == BigInt(1)) {
near.log("Promise was successful!")
return true
} else {
near.log("Promise failed...")
return false
}
}
}
danger

The snippet showed above is a low level way of calling other methods. We recommend make calls to other contracts as explained in the Cross-contract Calls section.


Create a Sub Accountโ€‹

Your contract can create direct sub accounts of itself, for example, user.near can create sub.user.near.

Accounts do NOT have control over their sub-accounts, since they have their own keys.

Sub-accounts are simply useful for organizing your accounts (e.g. dao.project.near, token.project.near).

import { NearContract, NearBindgen, near, call } from 'near-sdk-js'

const MIN_STORAGE: bigint = BigInt("1000000000000000000000") // 0.001โ“ƒ

@NearBindgen
class Contract extends NearContract {
constructor() { super() }

@call
create({prefix}={prefix: String}) {
const account_id = `${prefix}.${near.currentAccountId()}`

const promise = near.promiseBatchCreate(account_id)
near.promiseBatchActionCreateAccount(promise)
near.promiseBatchActionTransfer(promise, MIN_STORAGE)
}
}
tip

Notice that in the snippet we are transferring some money to the new account for storage

caution

When you create an account from within a contract, it has no keys by default. If you don't explicitly add keys to it or deploy a contract on creation then it will be locked.


Creating Other Accountsโ€‹

Accounts can only create immediate sub-accounts of themselves.

If your contract wants to create a .mainnet or .testnet account, then it needs to call the create_account method of near or testnet root contracts.

import { NearContract, NearBindgen, near, call, bytes } from 'near-sdk-js'

const MIN_STORAGE: bigint = BigInt("1820000000000000000000"); //0.00182โ“ƒ
const CALL_GAS: bigint = BigInt("28000000000000");

@NearBindgen
class Contract extends NearContract {
constructor() { super() }

@call
create_account({account_id, public_key}={account_id: String, public_key: String}) {
const args = bytes(JSON.stringify({
"new_account_id": account_id,
"new_public_key": public_key
}))

const call = near.promiseBatchCreate("testnet");
near.promiseBatchActionFunctionCall(call, "create_account", args, MIN_STORAGE, CALL_GAS);
}
}

Deploy a Contractโ€‹

When creating an account you can also batch the action of deploying a contract to it. Note that for this, you will need to pre-load the byte-code you want to deploy in your contract.

use near_sdk::borsh::{self, BorshDeserialize, BorshSerialize};
use near_sdk::{near_bindgen, env, Promise, Balance};

#[near_bindgen]
#[derive(Default, BorshDeserialize, BorshSerialize)]
pub struct Contract { }

const MIN_STORAGE: Balance = 1_100_000_000_000_000_000_000_000; //1.1โ“ƒ
const HELLO_CODE: &[u8] = include_bytes!("./hello.wasm");

#[near_bindgen]
impl Contract {
pub fn create_hello(&self, prefix: String){
let account_id = prefix + "." + &env::current_account_id().to_string();
Promise::new(account_id.parse().unwrap())
.create_account()
.transfer(MIN_STORAGE)
.deploy_contract(HELLO_CODE.to_vec());
}
}
tip

If an account with a contract deployed does not have any access keys, this is known as a locked contract. When the account is locked, it cannot sign transactions therefore, actions can only be performed from within the contract code.


Add Keysโ€‹

When you use actions to create a new account, the created account does not have any access keys, meaning that it cannot sign transactions (e.g. to update its contract, delete itself, transfer money).

There are two options for adding keys to the account:

  1. add_access_key: adds a key that can only call specific methods on a specified contract.
  2. add_full_access_key: adds a key that has full access to the account.

import { NearContract, NearBindgen, near, call } from 'near-sdk-js'

const MIN_STORAGE: bigint = BigInt("1000000000000000000000") // 0.001โ“ƒ

@NearBindgen
class Contract extends NearContract {
constructor() { super() }

@call
create_hello({prefix, public_key}={prefix: String, public_key: String}) {
const account_id = `${prefix}.${near.currentAccountId()}`

const promise = near.promiseBatchCreate(account_id)
near.promiseBatchActionCreateAccount(promise)
near.promiseBatchActionTransfer(promise, MIN_STORAGE)
near.promiseBatchActionAddKeyWithFullAccess(promise, public_key.toString(), 0)
}
}

Notice that what you actually add is a "public key". Whoever holds its private counterpart, i.e. the private-key, will be able to use the newly access key.

tip

If an account with a contract deployed does not have any access keys, this is known as a locked contract. When the account is locked, it cannot sign transactions therefore, actions can only be performed from within the contract code.


Delete Accountโ€‹

There are two scenarios in which you can use the delete_account action:

  1. As the last action in a chain of batched actions.
  2. To make your smart contract delete its own account.
import { NearContract, NearBindgen, near, call } from 'near-sdk-js'

const MIN_STORAGE: bigint = BigInt("1000000000000000000000") // 0.001โ“ƒ

@NearBindgen
class Contract extends NearContract {
constructor() { super() }

@call
create_delete({prefix, beneficiary}={prefix: String, beneficiary: String}) {
const account_id = `${prefix}.${near.currentAccountId()}`

const promise = near.promiseBatchCreate(account_id)
near.promiseBatchActionCreateAccount(promise)
near.promiseBatchActionTransfer(promise, MIN_STORAGE)
near.promiseBatchActionDeleteAccount(promise, beneficiary.toString())
}

@call
self_delete({beneficiary}={beneficiary: String}) {
const promise = near.promiseBatchCreate(near.currentAccountId())
near.promiseBatchActionDeleteAccount(promise, beneficiary.toString())
}
}
Token Loss

If the beneficiary account does not exist the funds will be dispersed among validators.

Token Loss

Do not use delete to try fund a new account. Since the account doesn't exist the tokens will be lost.