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The Preimage Pallet

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The preimage pallet allows for the users and the runtime to store the preimage of a hash on chain. This can be used by other pallets for storing and managing large byte-blobs. For example, token holders can submit a democracy proposal through the democracy pallet using a preimage hash.

Some of the functionality of the preimage pallet is also available through the democracy precompile. The precompile is a Solidity interface that enables you to perform governance functions using the Ethereum API. Please refer to the Democracy Precompile guide for more information. Please note that there will be a new preimage precompile with the release of runtime 2100, but in the meantime, the corresponding preimage methods are available through the democracy precompile.

This guide will provide an overview of the extrinsics, storage methods, and getters for the pallet constants available in the preimage pallet on Moonbeam.

Preimage Pallet Interface


The preimage pallet provides the following extrinsics (functions):

  • notePreimage(encodedProposal) - registers a preimage for an upcoming proposal given the encoded preimage of a proposal. If the preimage was previously requested, no fees or deposits are taken for providing the preimage. Otherwise, a deposit is taken proportional to the size of the preimage. Emits a Noted event
  • requestPreimage(bytes) - requests a preimage to be uploaded to the chain without paying any fees or deposits. If the preimage request has already been provided on-chain by a user, their related deposit is unreserved, and they no longer control the preimage. Emits a Requested event
  • unnotePreimage(hash) - clears an unrequested preimage from the runtime storage given the hash of the preimage to be removed. Emits a Cleared event
  • unrequestPreimage(hash) - clears a previously made request for a preimage. Emits a Cleared event

Storage Methods

The preimage pallet includes the following read-only storage methods to obtain chain state data:

  • palletVersion() - returns the current pallet version
  • preimageFor((H256, u32)) - returns a list of the proposal hashes of all preimages along with their associated data. If given a proposal hash and the length of the associated data, a specific preimage is returned
  • statusFor(H256) - returns the request status of all preimages or for a given preimage hash