It seems that web3js has a getPastEvents() method (link) which returns all previous events for a given contract.

Is there a similar feature in web3.py?

I want to find all previous Transfer events of an ERC20 contract to keep a database of holders and their balance.

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The get_logs() function does this.

For example:

contract = web3.eth.contract(address=Web3.toChecksumAddress(CONTRACT_ADDRESS), abi=ABI)
events = contract.events.Transfer.getLogs(fromBlock=CONTRACT_CREATION_BLOCK)
  • How to do the same without initializing a contract instance? I would like to get all logs for a certain block in the past, and then parse/filter them. It seems that WS subscription is capable of receiving only the latest blocks/logs.
    – remort
    Commented Sep 1, 2023 at 20:00

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