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EIP-6049: Deprecate SELFDESTRUCT

Deprecate SELFDESTRUCT by discouraging its use and warning about a potential future behavior change.

Authors William Entriken (@fulldecent)
Created 2022-11-27


This EIP deprecates the SELFDESTRUCT opcode and warns against its use. A breaking change to this functionality is likely to come in the future.


Discussions about how to change SELFDESTRUCT are ongoing. But there is a strong consensus that something will change.


Documentation of the SELFDESTRUCT opcode is updated to warn against its use and to note that a breaking change may be forthcoming.


As time goes on, the cost of doing something increases, because any change to SELFDESTRUCT will be a breaking change.

The Ethereum Blog and other official sources have not provided any warning to developers about a potential forthcoming change.

Backwards Compatibility

This EIP updates non-normative text in the Yellow Paper. No changes to clients is applicable.

Security Considerations


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Please cite this document as:

William Entriken (@fulldecent), "EIP-6049: Deprecate SELFDESTRUCT," Ethereum Improvement Proposals, no. 6049, November 2022. [Online serial]. Available: