How to use it

// yarn add @tatumio/tatum

import { TatumSDK, Ethereum, Network } from '@tatumio/tatum'

const tatum = await TatumSDK.init<Ethereum>({network: Network.ETHEREUM})

const code = await tatum.rpc.getCode('0x742d35Cc6634C0532925a3b844Bc454e4438f44e')

await tatum.destroy() // Destroy Tatum SDK - needed for stopping background jobs


The eth_getCode method is part of the Ethereum JSON-RPC API, which allows users to interact with the Ethereum blockchain. This method is specifically used to retrieve the contract code (bytecode) of an account at a specific block number. It is helpful when developers need to examine the bytecode of a deployed contract or validate that the contract code on the blockchain matches the intended code.

Use cases for this method could include:

  • Debugging a smart contract

  • Verifying the integrity of a deployed contract

  • Analyzing contract bytecode for security vulnerabilities


The eth_getCode method accepts two parameters:

  1. address (string): The address of the contract whose bytecode you want to retrieve. This should be a 20-byte Ethereum address, formatted as a hex string with a 0x prefix.

    • Example: "0x742d35Cc6634C0532925a3b844Bc454e4438f44e"

  2. block (string): The block number at which you want to retrieve the contract code. This can be specified as a hex string or one of the following special keywords:

    • "earliest": The first block in the blockchain

    • "latest": The most recent block in the blockchain

    • "pending": The upcoming block that is being mined

    • Example: "0x1" or "latest"

Return Object

The eth_getCode method returns a string representing the contract bytecode. The returned value is a hex string with a 0x prefix.

  • If the account has contract code, the returned string will contain the bytecode.

  • If the account is not a contract or does not exist, the returned string will be 0x.

JSON Examples


  "id": 1,
  "jsonrpc": "2.0",
  "method": "eth_getCode",
  "params": [


  "id": 1,
  "jsonrpc": "2.0",
  "result": "0x606060...code_here...3839"

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