I am writing smart contract and stucked on this line :

int p = 0;
p = (rand() % 997);

This is giving error

error: use of undeclared identifier 'rand'

I do search and got some reference links but not getting expected answers. Some old answers reference links are also not valid now. Can somebody please help to generate random numbers in a smart contract?

  • you can't do that, for smart contract can't support random method
    – Jimmy Guo
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 6:04
  • Okay, I want to implement the Shamir Secret Sharing Algorithm in a smart contract, I was needed random numbers for this. Can you suggest some alternative for this?
    – Varsh
    Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 6:07

1 Answer 1


Not safe solution for safe random number oracle rng should be used.


   struct [[eosio::table]] seed{
      uint64_t key = 1;
      uint32_t value = 1;
      auto primary_key() const { return key; }
   typedef eosio::multi_index<"seed"_n, seed> seed_table;

Action in .ccp

int contractclass::random(const int range)
   auto _s = seed_table(_self, get_self().value);
   // Find the existing seed
   auto seed_iterator = _s.begin();

   // Initialize the seed with default value if it is not found
   if (seed_iterator == _s.end())
      seed_iterator = _s.emplace(_self, [&](auto &seed) {});
   auto new_seed_value = (seed_iterator->value + current_time_point().elapsed.count()) % current_time_point().elapsed.count();

   // Store the updated seed value in the table
   _s.modify(seed_iterator, _self, [&](auto &s)
             { s.value = new_seed_value; });
   int random_result = new_seed_value % range;
   return random_result;


int rng = random(100);

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