Should I require a specific condition when working with indexes in Solidity

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pragma solidity ^0.4.0;

contract A{
    byte[10] arr;

    function setElement(uint index, byte value) public {
        require(index >= 0 && index < arr.length); //Should I leave it as is?
        arr[index] = value;

    function getElement(uint index) view public returns (byte) {
        require(index >= 0 && index < arr.length); //Or not?
        return arr[index];

As I know an assert-style exception is generated in the following situations and not only:

  • If you access an array at a too large or negative index (i.e. x[i] where i >= x.length or i < 0).

But should I check the condition every time?

Also I would like to refund the remaining gas to the executor.

Jul 17, 2018 in Blockchain by charlie_brown
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1 answer to this question.

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You are using it correctly. require is intended to be used to check input parameters whereas assert is to verify the internals of your contract (mostly for testing purposes). If a requirecondition fails, the remaining gas will be refunded.

From the Solidity documentation:

The convenience functions assert and require can be used to check for conditions and throw an exception if the condition is not met. The assert function should only be used to test for internal errors, and to check invariants. The require function should be used to ensure valid conditions, such as inputs, or contract state variables are met, or to validate return values from calls to external contracts.

answered Jul 17, 2018 by aryya
• 7,450 points

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