Is there any way to convert an &str into an AccountId inside a substrate pallet?

I need this because a evm precompile is interactive with the pallet, and its sending the address (its already in substrate format b58) as a &str.

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let account_id_32 = array_bytes::hex_n_into::<_, AccountId32, 32>(public_key_str)?;
let account_id_20 = array_bytes::hex_n_into::<_, AccountId20, 20>(public_key_str)?;

// Or you might want to use `[u8; 32]`, `[u8; 20]`.
let account_id_32 = array_bytes::hex2array::<_, 32>(public_key_str);
let account_id_20 = array_bytes::hex2array::<_, 20>(public_key_str);

If you want AccountId you'd better define a trait and implement it in the runtime level.

Because the pallet doesn't know your AcccountId type. You don't know how many bytes that you should take.

// pallet
pub trait Config {
  type Str2AccountId: Str2AccountId,

pub trait Str2AccountId {
  type AccountId;

  fn str2accountid(public_key_str: &str) -> Self::AccountId;

impl<T> Pallet<T>
  T: Config
  fn example(public_key_str: &str) {
    let account_id = T::StrToAccountId::str2accountid(public_key_str);

// runtime
pub struct StrToAccountId;
impl pallet::StrToAccountId for StrToAccountId {
  type AccountId = AccountId32;

  fn str2accountid(public_key_str: &str) -> Self::AccountId {
    array_bytes::hex2array::<_, 32>(public_key_str)

impl pallet::Config for Runtime {
  type StrToAccountId = StrToAccountId;
  • But this is an AccountId32, not an AccountId Feb 8, 2023 at 16:12
  • Updated my answer. Feb 8, 2023 at 16:29
  • Do you know any method to transform an ss58 to pubkey in runtime? Feb 8, 2023 at 18:57

If you have the representation in ss58 format already check this old answer on StackOverflow: https://stackoverflow.com/a/66075924/5964038

let account_id: AccountId = AccountId::from_ss58check("AccountSs58Format").unwrap()

In case you have the hex representation and want the AccountId, check this old answer from StackOverflow too: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/60983883/how-to-encode-the-hex-string-representation-of-an-account-id-in-substrate-using

let account: AccountId32 = hex_literal::hex!["d43593c715fdd31c61141abd04a99fd6822c8558854ccde39a5684e7a56da27d"].into();

And then get the ss58-check string with to_ss58check().

Check the functions of the ss58 codec library here.

  • I didn't write this method because from_ss58check requires std. So, I think he can not use this in the pallet. :) Feb 8, 2023 at 12:53
  • And hex_literal::hex! requires a string literal. I prefer to use array-bytes. :) Feb 8, 2023 at 12:55
  • True, for the pallet your response makes more sense than the from_ss58check
    – Alex Bean
    Feb 8, 2023 at 13:27

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