I'm using Hardhat to deploy my contract locally, and Ethers.js and Node.js run a Javascript file which makes sequential calls to the contract to simulate user activity. When the contract reverts (for example somebody calls the transfer() function with a zero balance) I want Ethers.js to ignore it instead of stopping execution of the Javascript. Is there a way to do this?

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    try / catch blocks no good?
    – sola24
    Jun 10, 2022 at 14:18

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Yes, as sola24 said in the comments you can use a try and catch block, like this:

try {
    //call contract
   //keep working on javascript code

More info about try/catch blocks here.

Also you could use openzepelin's test helpers, expectRevert to be precise, just install it via npm:

npm install --save-dev @openzeppelin/test-helpers

remember to import @openzeppelin/test-helpers on your test file and create a test as follows:

it('reverts when transferring tokens you dont have', async function () {
    // Conditions that trigger a require statement can be precisely tested
    await expectRevert(
      this.erc20.transfer(some_address, 5000, { from: sender }),
      'Not enough funds',

More info about it on their readme.

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