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Version: 1.4.0

Dynamic entrypoints


Dynamic entrypoints are lazy entrypoints stored in the contract within a big_map. They can then be updated or removed without deploying a new contract.
A contract with dynamic entrypoints must have at least one @entry declaration (as any other contract); must obey some convention on storage type definition and have at least one @dyn_entry declaration.
LIGO will then include the defined dynamic entries into the contract initial storage.


The contract storage must be a record with two fields (storage and dynamic_entrypoints).

  • storage is your contract's storage type (as a normal contract)
  • dynamic_entrypoints must be of type (nat,bytes) big_map

NOTE: the dynamic_entrypoints type is defined in the standard library so you can use type puning


type my_storage =
storage : int;

@dyn_entry declaration

Dynamic entries, just like static entries must be declared in contract's top-level and have the type of an entrypoint.

// define at least one entry
const nop = ([], s: int) : [list<operation>, int] => [list([]), s]
// define a dynamic entrypoint
const one = ([], _i : int) : [list<operation>, int] => [list([]), 1]

The dynamic entry storage type will typically coincide with the contract storage type but can be different

const one_with_different_storage = ([], _n : nat) : [list<operation>, nat] => [list([]), 1n]

Opted out dynamic entrypoints

Sometime you know an entrypoint might be defined in your contract's lifetime but you don't have any implementation yet. In this case, you can add a @dyn_entry declaration to your contract; give it a type and use a special expression to make ligo aware that this entry exists but should not be included in the initial storage.

const opted_out = (_t: ticket<int>, _i: int) : [list<operation>, int] => (External `OPT_OUT_ENTRY`)

Set and call dynamic entrypoints

Once your dynamic entrypoints defined you can now update or call them.
One important thing is that the variables associated to dynamic entrypoints are understood by LIGO as typed keys into the dynamic_entrypoints big map.

LIGO uses an abstract type dynamic_entrypoint<a, b> to denote such keys.

i.e. the one entry defined above, would type as follow:

let just_a_key : dynamic_entrypoint<unit, int> = one

As a consequence, dynamic entrypoints are not callable:

(* this would not type because one is not a function *)
let foo = one([], 42)

NOTE: Of course, it is possible to make an entry callable with an intermediary function

LIGO standard library exposes three function to help you set and call your dynamic entrypoints:

(* module Dynamic_entry *)
const set : <P, S>(x1: dynamic_entrypoint<P, S>, x2: option<entrypoint>, x3: dynamic_entrypoints) => dynamic_entrypoints
const get : <P, S>(x1: dynamic_entrypoint<P, S>, x2: dynamic_entrypoints) => option<dynamic_entrypoint<P, S>>
const set_bytes : <P, S>(x1: dynamic_entrypoint<P, S>, x2: option<bytes>, x3: dynamic_entrypoints) => dynamic_entrypoints

Set an entrypoint

To set an dynamic entrypoint within a static entrypoint, just use Dynamic_entrypoints.set:

const set_one = (one_v2 : entrypoint<unit, int>, s : storage) : [list<operation>, storage] => {
let dynamic_entrypoints =
Dynamic_entrypoints.set(one, Some(one_v2), s.dynamic_entrypoints);
return [list([]), {...s, dynamic_entrypoints}]

NOTE: Alternatively, you can use Dynamic_entrypoints.set_entrypoint_bytes to set an entrypoints to its bytes encoding directly. If your encoding is wrong, any call to Dynamic_entrypoints.get will fail at run-time

Get an entrypoint

To get an dynamic entrypoint within a static entrypoint and call it just use Dynamic_entrypoints.get:

const call_one = ([], s : storage) : [list<operation>, storage] =>
match (Dynamic_entrypoints.get(one, s.dynamic_entrypoints)) {
when (Some(f)): do {
const [op, storage] = f([],;
return [op, ({...s, storage})]
when (None): failwith(-1);


compile storage

When using compile storage on a contract holding dynamic entrypoints, you are expected to provide a value of your storage field type.

> ligo compile storage dynamic_entrypoints.jsligo "42"
(Pair 42
{ Elt 0
0x050200000029032009310000001d035b0765055f036d035b020000000e03200743035b0001053d036d034200000000 ;
Elt 1
0x05020000002f03200931000000230765035b035b096500000008055f036d035b035b000000000200000006053d036d034200000000 })


In the testing framework, you can use to 'Test.storage_with_dynamic_entrypoints' to obtain your contract initial storage.

const test_dyn = do {
const init_storage = Test.storage_with_dynamic_entrypoints(contract_of(C), 42);
const [addr, _init, _balance] = Test.originate (contract_of(C), init_storage, 0mutez);
/* Call initial one */
Test.transfer_to_contract (Test.to_contract(addr), Call_one(), 1mutez);
assert ((Test.get_storage(addr)).storage == 1);
/* Change initial one and call it */
const f = (_unit : unit, i : int) : [list<operation>, int] => [list([]), i + 1];
Test.transfer_to_contract (Test.to_contract(addr), (Set_one(f)), 1mutez);
Test.transfer_to_contract (Test.to_contract(addr), (Call_one()), 1mutez);
assert ((Test.get_storage(addr)).storage == 2);
return []