I'd like to share a question that were being worked on Smartpy telegram, and also a few thoughts along the way (it's a long way -- random observation).

Some people were talking about local variables and in the meanwhile I was working in a smart contract in which I'd like to insert a list within a map -- also retrieve it, modify it, etc.

The only way I reached it was by declaring a list in the storage of the smart contract. Part of this question concerns some typos.

Previous solution:

            map_example = sp.big_map(tkey=sp.TInt, tvalue=sp.TList(t=sp.TInt)),
            aux_list = sp.list(t=sp.TInt)

    def initialize(self, params):
        sp.for i in sp.range(1, 3):
            self.data.aux_list = []
            sp.for k in sp.range(0, 8):
            self.data.map_example[i] = self.data.aux_list


With this typo it was possible to execute the procedure in mind. But how to insert a list within the map with a local list?

I tryied:

        sp.for i in sp.range(1, 3):
            aux_list = []
            sp.for k in sp.range(0, 8):
                aux_list.append(k)  #  .push(k)
            self.data.map_example[i] = aux_list

With the help of @FFF ? (on telegram), we got to this example, which is interesting to observe the typo so you can handle local variables (notice the value? method/attribute).

    sp.for i in sp.range(1, 3):
        aux_list = sp.local('aux_list', [])
        sp.for k in sp.range(0, 8):
        self.data.map_example[i] = aux_list.value

Finally, a cleaner way to write it:

sp.for i in sp.range(1, 3):
    self.data.map_example[i] = sp.range(0, 8)

If someone has something to add, be my guest.

1 Answer 1


Maybe a precision: sp.range is computed on chain while simply range is computed at compile time.

For a small range, it's probably much cheaper to use range (cheaper in terms of gas + storage).

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