I have created a simple storage map as follows and I just want to check if it's empty or not. I am comparing it with rust HashMaps, it has the is_empty() method to check. I intend to use this in the same pallet.

#[pallet::getter(fn check_storage_map)]
pub type SimpleStorageMap<T: Config> =
    StorageMap<_, Blake2_256, u32, u32, ValueQuery>;

I checked the storage map rust doc but could not find any function associated with it. I am new to substrate any advice or help is appreciated.

2 Answers 2


There exists the CountedStorageMap that keeps track of the count of elements in the map:

/// A wrapper around a `StorageMap` and a `StorageValue<Value=u32>` to keep track of how many items
/// are in a map, without needing to iterate all the values.
/// This storage item has additional storage read and write overhead when manipulating values
/// compared to a regular storage map.
/// For functions where we only add or remove a value, a single storage read is needed to check if
/// that value already exists. For mutate functions, two storage reads are used to check if the
/// value existed before and after the mutation.
/// Whenever the counter needs to be updated, an additional read and write occurs to update that
/// counter.
pub struct CountedStorageMap;

You have multiple options to achieve your requirement. Eventually it boils down to checking for an empty iterator IMO.

You can retrieve two iterators of your StorageMap:

  1. Either the KeyPrefixIterator by calling SimpleStorageMap::<T>::iter_keys()
  2. Or the PrefixIterator by calling SimpleStorageMap::<T>::iter_values()

Then, you could just check whether the first element of your Iterator is None or whether the collection to an arbitrary vector is empty:


  • 2
    assert!(SimpleStorageMap::<T>::iter_keys().collect::<Vec<_>>().is_empty()); That is a really bad idea, just assume you have some big map. Then it would lead to some huge amount of data being read. For a Parachain that would lead to a really huge StorageProof.
    – bkchr
    Commented Mar 23, 2022 at 18:48
  • 1
    Thats true. Using a CountedStorageMap definitely is the best solution for the OP. Commented Mar 23, 2022 at 20:31
  • This does make sense, thanks.
    – salman01z
    Commented Mar 24, 2022 at 6:02

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