How-To Use Key-Value Table


This how-to demonstrates how to define and use a Key-Value Table (kv table) in a smart contract.

To accomplish this task, define the user type which will be stored in the kv table, and extend the eosio::kv::table template class with a specialized definition based on the user defined type.

Alpha version

Key-Value Table is designated as alpha and should not be used in production code.

Before you begin

Make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • An EOSIO development environment, for details consult the Get Started Guide.
  • A smart contract named smrtcontract
  • A user defined type, struct or class, which defines the data stored in the map, named person

Refer to the following reference implementation for your starting point:

smartcontract.hpp file

struct person {
  eosio::name account_name;
  std::string first_name;
  std::string last_name;
  std::string street;
  std::string city;
  std::string state;
  std::string country;
  std::string personal_id;
class [[eosio::contract]] smrtcontract : public contract {
     using contract::contract;


Complete the following steps to define the address_table type, based on the eosio::kv::table, which stores objects of type person:

  1. Define the structure or class address_table in the scope of your smart contract class, for the abi generation to find it and place it into the abi file.
  2. Derive address_table from eosio::kv::tableclass template. Pass thepersonuser defined type as the type parameter foreosio::kv::table base class and the name of the kv table, let’s say kvaddrbook.
  3. Annotate address_table type with [[eosio::table]], and make sure it is placed after the struct keyword but before the name of the type.
  4. Define a primary index first_name_idx based on the data member person::first_name. Every kv table requires a primary index to be defined on a data member that stores unique values.
  5. In the address_table constructor, call the init(...) base class method with the two parameters:

    1. The first parameter, of type eosio::name, is the contract that owns the table.
    2. The second parameter is the account_name_uidx primary index.

Refer below for a possible implementation of the above described steps:

smartcontract.hpp file

class [[eosio::contract]] smrtcontract : public contract {
    struct [[eosio::table]] address_table : eosio::kv::table<person, "kvaddrbook"_n> {

     index<name> account_name_uidx {
        &person::account_name };

     address_table(name contract_name) {
        init(contract_name, account_name_uidx)
     using contract::contract;


In conclusion, the above instructions show how to define and use a Key-Value Table (kv table) in a smart contract.

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