Offer Lists
Introducing Mangrove's offer lists and markets

General structure

The offer list is the basic Mangrove data structure. It contains offers (created by offer makers) that promise an outbound token, and request an inbound token in return (offer takers execute these offers by providing the inbound token, and receive outbound tokens in return).
For example in a DAI-wETH offer list, DAI is the outbound token (i.e. sent or given by the offer) and wETH the inbound token (i.e. received or wanted by the offer).
Relationship to markets: a full market will always feature two offer lists. For instance, a wETH/DAI market has one DAI-wETH offer list (where wETH is requested and DAI is offered), and a wETH-DAI offer list (where DAI is requested and wETH is offered). Mangrove's API offers Market abstractions that allows liquidity providers and takers to interact with Mangrove using standard base & quote denominations.
Here's a sample DAI-wETH offer list with two offers. Only the main characteristics of the offers are shown (see the offer data structure).
We display human-readable values here, but Mangrove stores raw token values and never uses the decimals field of a token.
Offer ID
Wants (wETH)
Gives (DAI)
Gas required
Maker Contract
Offer Gas Price
2 925.26

Offer list fields


Offers are ordered from best to worst. Offers are compared based on price, and then on gas required (see below) if they have the same price.
The price of offer #42 is 0.0003441298 wETH per DAI while the price of offer #77 is 0.00034185 wETH per DAI. Offer #77 is therefore the best offer (lowest price) of this offer list, and is ranked first.


The identifier of the offer in the offer list.
Two offers may have the same ID as long as they belong to different offer lists. For instance, there may be an offer #42 on the wETH-DAI offer list with different volumes, gas required, maker contract, etc. than offer #42 in the DAI-wETH offer list shown above.

Wants, gives and Offer price

Taken together, the wants and gives values define 1) a max volume, 2) a price. The price is p=wants/gives, and an offer promises delivery of up to gives outbound tokens at a price of p tokens delivered per inbound token received.
  • Offer #42 wants 0.3 wETH to deliver its promised 871.764 DAI.
  • If offer #77 is executed and receives 0.5 wETH, it must send back 1462.63 DAI.

Gas required

The maximum amount of gas the Maker Contract managing the offer will be allowed to spend if called by the Mangrove.
Offer #77 may consume up to 250K gas units.

Maker Contract

The address of the Maker Contract managing the offer. The makerExecute function of this contract will be called when one of its offers is executed.

Gas Price

Gas price that was used to compute the offer provision. If the offer fails to deliver the promised outbound tokens, it will be charged in ETH based on this gasprice.

Offer list configuration

Several configuration parameters determine how new offers are inserted. Some are global to Mangrove, some are offer list specifics. See Governance section for details.

View functions

Retrieving the state of an offer list can be easily done by a call to the Mangrove's Reader Contract MgvReader(see contract addresses) that returns easy-to-parse data structures. For gas cautious interactions, when calling from a smart contract, developers may also want to use the reader's packedOffers getter, which return packed data that can be parsed using MgvPack.sol library.
Calling from solidity
From ethers.js
// from MgvReader.sol
// view function to access offer lists off chain.
function offerList(
address outboundToken, // outbound token of the offer List
address inboundToken, // inbound token of the offer List
uint fromId, // retrieve offer list starting from offer id `fromId`
uint maxOffers // stop after retrieving `maxOffers`
) public view returns (
uint currentId, // last offer Id of the returned offer list
uint[] memory offerIds, // offer Ids of the list
ML.Offer[] memory offerList, // offers
ML.OfferDetail[] memory offerDetailList // offer details
// view function to access offer list in a packed format (gas cautious).
function packedOfferList(
address outboundToken,
address inboundToken,
uint fromId,
uint maxOffers
) public view returns (
uint currentId,
uint[] memory offerIds,
bytes32[] memory packedOfferList,
bytes32[] memory packedOfferDetailList
import "./MgvReader.sol";
import "./MgvPack.sol";
// context of the call
address mgvr; // address of Mangrove Reader contract
address outTkn; // address of offer list's outbound token
address inbTkn; // address of offer list's inbound token
// getting best offer of the (outTkn, inbTkn) offer list
uint[] memory offerIds,
bytes32[] memory offerDataList,
bytes32 [] memory offerDetailDataList) = MgvReader(mgvr).packedOfferList(
0, // starting from best offer
type(uint).max // retrieve *all* offers of the list
for (uint i=0; i++; i<offerIds.length){
uint offerId = offerIds[i]; // id of the offer that is in position i of the offer list
uint wants = MgvPack.offer_unpack_wants(offerDataList[i]); // how much this offer wants (in inbTkn)
uint gives = MgvPack.offer_unpack_gives(offerDataList[i]); // how much this offer gives (in outTkn)
uint gasreq = MgvPack.offerDetail_unpack_gasreq(offerDetailDataList[i]); // how much gas this offer requires
const { ethers } = require("ethers");
// context
let outTkn; // address of outbound token ERC20
let inbTkn; // address of inbound token ERC20
let MgvReader_address; // address of Mangrove reader
let MgvReader_abi; // Mangrove reader contract's abi
const MangroveReader = new ethers.Contract(
// calling Mangrove Readers to get already unpacked data
let [lastId, offerIds, offerList, offerDetailList] =
await MangroveReader.offerList(
0, // start retrieving from best offer
ethers.constants.MaxUint256 // retrieve all offers
for (let i = 0; i < offerIds.length; i++) {
offerIds[i]; // id of offer i
offerList[i].wants; // how much offer i wants
offerList[i].gives; // how much offer i gives
offerDetailList[i].gasreq; // how much gas offer i requires
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General structure
Offer list fields
Wants, gives and Offer price
Gas required
Maker Contract
Gas Price
Offer list configuration
View functions