A starknet contract (L2) may specify a message for an Ethereum contract (L1) to receive.

This has three steps: generate, verify & digest.

1. A custom contract on StarkNet

  • Generates the message.
  • An application-specific contract such as the The message_L1.cairo contract deployed below.
  • Features the common library module send_message_to_l1().

2. The StarkNet contract on Ethereum

  • Verifies the validity of the message.
  • The StarkNet.sol deployed by StarkWare and live on Ropsten
  • Features the write function consumeMessageFromL2().
    • This computes the hash tying together the message and both the L2 and L1 contracts.
      • The L2 conract address (function argument, but could be stored in an L1 contract for security)
      • The calling msg.sender address (custom ethereum contract)
      • The message (some application logic. E.g., user and amount)
    • Checks that the hash is stored as a fact verified by the STARK validity proof.
    • Responds in the affirmative, and then removes the hash from storage.

3. A custom contract on Ethereum

  • Digests the message.
  • This example uses the the demo L1L2Example.sol contract, deployed by StarkNet.
  • Features the write function withdraw()
    • This calls the StarkNet.sol contract using the address stored in the variable starknetCore when the contract was deployed.
    • See the line: starknetCore.consumeMessageFromL2(l2ContractAddress, payload);
    • This is a request for verification that the payload is a valid message from the specified L2 address.
  • The purpose of this contract is to accept a message (E.g., user, withdrawl amount) and and then call the StarkNet contract to check that is a valid message. The contract then proceeds with some logic appropriate for the application (E.g., releasing ETH to an address).

In summary, an L1 contract can be loaded the hash of a StarkNet contract. It can then call the official StarkNet contract, which has the ability to declare that a hash is a Fact whose validity is assured by an unforgeable STARK validity proof.

  • The cost of this L1 transaction is about 50,000 gas.
  • The cost of the verification and registration of the proof is about 1,800,000 gas and this cost can be amortized across all StarkNet users.

A StarkNet contract can message L1 by using the send_message_to_L1() function, as demonstrated below.


Here is a contract to interact with the deployed L1L2Example.sol contract above. It generates a message instructing the L1 contract to increase L1 balance.

%lang starknet
%builtins pedersen range_check

from starkware.cairo.common.alloc import alloc
from starkware.cairo.common.cairo_builtins import HashBuiltin
from starkware.starknet.common.storage import Storage
from starkware.starknet.common.messages import send_message_to_l1

# The demo contract 'L1L2Contract.sol' StarkWare deployed to Ropsten.

func stored_felt() -> (res : felt):

# Generates a message that an L1 contract can use.
func increase_L1_balance{
        syscall_ptr : felt*, storage_ptr : Storage*,
        pedersen_ptr : HashBuiltin*, range_check_ptr}():
    # Messages use the pointer 'syscall_ptr'.

    # Create a dynamically sized array for the message.
    let (message : felt*) = alloc()

    # The L1 contract expects the message to have 3 elements.
    assert message[0] = 0  # '0' is for a withdrawl L2 to L1.
    assert message[1] = 12345678 # User
    assert message[2] = 3  # Amount to increase L1 balance by.

    # Send the message.
    return ()

Save as message_L1.cairo.


Then, to compile:

starknet-compile message_L1.cairo \
    --output message_L1_compiled.json \
    --abi message_L1_contract_abi.json


Then, to deploy:

starknet deploy --contract message_L1_compiled.json \

Deploy transaction was sent.
Contract address: 0x02b01d301c8bec1bc6d4bdfb42de29fa3cbb0fa1c62949732224bd6528ce7509
Transaction ID: 67692

Note: Remove the zero after the x, 0x[0]12345. E.g., 0x0123abc becomes 0x123abc.


Check the status of the transaction:

starknet tx_status --network=alpha --id=67692

    "block_id": 13120,
    "tx_status": "PENDING"

The block and the contract


Then, to interact, specify the nature of the message (withdraw is message type 0 in the L1L2Demo.sol contract), a user and an amount to withdraw.

The L1 contract reveals some details about the L2 contract, such as the L2 address, and the users. Their balances can be obtained by using the userBalances() function on L1 and the get_balance() function on L2.

  • User 12345678 has balances:
    • 2933 on L2, which can be withdrawn to L1 by:
      1. Sending an L2 transaction using message_to_l1(), specifying the user and the amount to withdraw. (Demonstrated in the invoke transaction below)
      2. Waiting for the STARK proof to be verified and registered on Ropsten in the StarkNet.sol contract by the StarkNet sequencer.
      3. Sending an L1 withdraw() transaction containing the L2 contract address (0x02b01d30...), user and amount.
    • 400 on L1
      • Able to be ‘Deposited’ to L2 by using a mechanism not discussed here.
  • User 887626622922744218685404352696443021086987437120 has balances:
    • 0 on L2.
    • 400 on L1

Create a message that signals the intent to withdraw (message type 0) 3 from the L2 balance of user 12345678. Note that these values are hard coded into this message_L1.cairo contract.

The L1 system does not require that the L2 contract has the authority to do so, and in this way breaks the accounting balance with any other StarkNet contracts interacting with this L1 contract.

starknet invoke \
    --network=alpha \
    --address 0x02b01d301c8bec1bc6d4bdfb42de29fa3cbb0fa1c62949732224bd6528ce7509 \
    --abi message_L1_contract_abi.json \
    --function increase_L1_balance

Invoke transaction was sent.
Contract address: 0x02b01d301c8bec1bc6d4bdfb42de29fa3cbb0fa1c62949732224bd6528ce7509
Transaction ID: 67707

Once the proof is generated and the smart contract verifies the fact on chain, the L1 contract on Ropsten can be called. The transaction would invoke the external withdraw() function with arguments l2ContractAddress, user, and amount as follows:


That contract would call the StarkNet L1 contract to check for the validity of the message. It would then increase the balance of user 12345678 by 3. It would understand this message to “be a true message from L2” but it would not distinguish which L2 contract sent the message.

In this regard, it is open to accepting messages from any contract, such as the one in this example. This could be mitigated by storing the L2 contract address inside the L1 contract and either asserting that value of the l2ContractAddress supplied as an argument to the L1 withdraw() function is correct, or by having the L1 contract use the stored value.

Status options:

  • NOT_RECEIVED: The transaction has not been received yet (i.e., not written to storage).
  • RECEIVED: The transaction was received by the operator.
    • PENDING: The transaction passed the validation and is waiting to be sent on-chain.
      • REJECTED: The transaction failed validation and thus was skipped.
      • ACCEPTED_ONCHAIN: The transaction was accepted on-chain.

Visit the voyager explorer to see the transactions.