How to use SafeMath lib for Solidity version 0.5?

Based on this recommendation by Trail of Bits, of using Solidity version 0.5, over 0.4 and 0.6 for production, I decided to write my contracts in Solidity version 0.5.

Now, when I want to use OZ’s SafeMath library for my contracts, I only find them with pragma solidity ^0.6.0;, and NOT with pragma solidity ^0.5.0;
I tried installing the @openzeppelin/contracts npm package via npm i @openzeppelin/contracts@3.0.1 and npm i @openzeppelin/contracts@3.0.2, apart from the current npm i @openzeppelin/contracts@3.1.0, based on the ‘Versions’ tab from the npm package page here. But all of them give SafeMath.sol file with pragma solidity ^0.6.0; and not pragma solidity ^0.5.0;

So how do I use SafeMath lib with pragma solidity ^0.5.0; now, for my Solidity version 0.5 contracts?

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Hi @smitrajput,

I would check if the Solidity 0.5 recommendation still applies as it appears this was last updated in March. Solidity version 0.6.0 was released in December 2019 and is now at 0.6.12.


If you want to use a Solidity 0.5 version of OpenZeppelin Contracts then you can install the 2.x release. The latest version is v2.5.1.

npm i @openzeppelin/contracts@2.5.1

SafeMath documentation for OpenZeppelin Contracts v2.x: https://docs.openzeppelin.com/contracts/2.x/utilities#math

Thanks so much @abcoathup. That works.

And yes, it will be really helpful if you could confirm that the recommendation still holds, because there have been many releases of Solidity 0.6.x, even after March.

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Hi @smitrajput,

I suggest checking that recommendation with Trail of Bits about not using Solidity 0.6 to see if their recommendation has changed.

As an aside, Solidity 0.7 was released today.

:joy: I’m pretty confused rn.

Anyways, yes, I’ll check the recommendation with the team themselves. And thanks for the Solidity 0.7 release update.

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Hi @smitrajput,

Sorry that you are confused.
I currently recommend using OpenZeppelin Contracts 3.x with Solidity 0.6.

Let me know if you hear anything more about the recommendation to use Solidity 0.5.

Thanks for the recommendation.
And yes, I’ll definitely update you on the Solidity 0.5 recommendation.

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