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Ether Deposit and Withdraw Guide

High Level Flow

Depositing Ether -

  • Make the depositEtherFor call on the RootChainManager and send the ether asset.

Withdrawing Ether -

  1. Burn tokens on Polygon chain.
  2. Call exit function on RootChainManager to submit proof of burn transaction. This call can be made after checkpoint is submitted for the block containing burn transaction.

Step Details

Instantiate the contracts

const mainWeb3 = new Web3(mainProvider)
const maticWeb3 = new Web3(maticProvider)
const rootChainManagerContract = new mainWeb3.eth.Contract(rootChainManagerABI, rootChainManagerAddress)
const childTokenContract = new maticWeb3(childTokenABI, childTokenAddress)


Call the depositEtherFor function of RootChainManager contract. This function takes 1 argument - userAddress, which is the address of the user that will receive the deposit on the Polygon chain. The amount of ether to be deposited has to be sent as the value of the transaction.

await rootChainManagerContract.methods
.send({ from: userAddress, value: amount })


Since Ether is an ERC20 token on the Polygon chain, its withdrawal process is the same as ERC20 withdrawal. Tokens can be burned by calling the withdraw function on the child token contract. This function takes a single argument, amount indicating the number of tokens to be burned. Proof of this burn needs to be submitted in the exit step. So store the transaction hash.

const burnTx = await childTokenContract.methods
.send({ from: userAddress })
const burnTxHash = burnTx.transactionHash


The exit function on RootChainManager contract has to be called to unlock and receive the tokens back from EtherPredicate. This function takes a single bytes argument that proves the burn transaction. Wait for the checkpoint containing the burn transaction to be submitted before calling this function. The Proof is generated by RLP-encoding the following fields:

  1. headerNumber - Checkpoint header block number containing the burn tx
  2. blockProof - Proof that the block header (in the child chain) is a leaf in the submitted merkle root
  3. blockNumber - Block number containing the burn tx on child chain
  4. blockTime - Burn tx block time
  5. txRoot - Transactions root of block
  6. receiptRoot - Receipts root of block
  7. receipt - Receipt of the burn transaction
  8. receiptProof - Merkle proof of the burn receipt
  9. branchMask - 32 bits denoting the path of receipt in merkle patricia tree
  10. receiptLogIndex - Log Index to read from the receipt

Generating proof manually can be tricky so it is advisable to use Polygon Edge. If you want to send the transaction manually, you can pass encodeAbi as true in the options object to get raw calldata.

const exitCalldata = await maticPOSClient
.exitERC20(burnTxHash, { from, encodeAbi: true })

Send this calldata to RootChainManager.

await mainWeb3.eth.sendTransaction({
from: userAddress,
to: rootChainManagerAddress,