Whenever I try and make a contract, I get:

web3.eth.contract is not a function

I'm using this code:

const path = require('path');
const fs = require('fs');
const solc = require('solc');
const Web3 = require('web3');

const web3 = new Web3(new Web3.providers.HttpProvider("http://localhost:8545"));

// Compile the source code
let input = fs.readFileSync('./contracts/ProofOfExistence3.sol', 'utf8');
let output = solc.compile(input, 1);

let abi = JSON.parse(output.contracts[':ProofOfExistence3'].interface);
let bytecode = output.contracts[':ProofOfExistence3'].bytecode;

let gasEstimate = web3.eth.estimateGas({data: bytecode}).then(console.log);

// Contract object
let MyContract = web3.eth.contract(abi);

And if I only run this code below, I get undefined. The same code works in the browser but not in nodejs with the official web3 package.

const Web3 = require('web3');
const web3 = new Web3(new Web3.providers.HttpProvider("http://localhost:8545"));


Returns undefined.

Any ideas? I'm running "testrpc" locally.

  • 2
    I think this may be because you are using the new web3 1.0.0-beta.11. Try the documentation from web3js.readthedocs.io/en/1.0/…, or with the previous version 0.20.0.
    – Ismael
    Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 1:33
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    Maybe if you try with MyContract = web3.eth.contract(abi).at(contractAdress)
    – Gawey
    Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 12:17
  • I'm experiencing the same issue but i'm using geth and its default console running a private chain builted up with geth+puppeth. I deploy my contract simply pasting the web3deply code from remix in the client console (opened by geth) then i instanciate the contract on a var using var myContract = web3.eth.contract(ABI); on any client of my chain. Now i call its functions using: myContract.at("0x9f8cedf1f93e46fac74cb9415db8bbec85f239b4").method(); Is this the right procedure? I mean, the other one listed on web3 documentation does not work for me, since i get back Contract is not a function I a Commented Apr 21, 2018 at 10:49

7 Answers 7



MyContract = new web3.eth.Contract(abi)

Docs https://web3js.readthedocs.io/en/1.0/web3-eth-contract.html#eth-contract

When using version 1.0.x you need to pass in the Application Binary Interface, i.e. abi. And use the new keyword.


I came this issue when I use web3 0.19.

For web3 1.0:

var Web3 = require('web3');
var web3 = new Web3(new Web3.providers.HttpProvider(''));

new web3.eth.Contract(abiArray, contract_address, {from: address})
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    With a capital C on Contract ! Commented Jul 2, 2018 at 8:29

As Ismael suggested, setting the web3 version to 0.20.0 in my package.json allowed me to use this code.

npm install ethereumjs-testrpc [email protected]

Ideally, I would update my code to work with latest package but happy with this solution for now.

  • 2
    switching to 0.20.0 also worked for me, I could get the instance of the contract with: let svd = new web3.eth.Contract(abi, scAddress); but wasn't able to call functions, always throw an error cannot read property length
    – Sepultura
    Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 18:13
  • @Sepultura I encountered the same issue
    – ErwanLent
    Commented Jul 25, 2017 at 18:37
  • It worked for me as well - my usage: npm install ethereumjs-testrpc [email protected]
    – Jazzmine
    Commented Oct 22, 2017 at 4:09

Adding to answer from @David

Smartcontract with web3 1.0.0-beta.31

In 1.0.0-beta... most is handled via Promises now, hence you could do:

var MyContract = new web3.eth.Contract({abi}, '0x123....', {
    from: '0x456...', // default from address
    gasPrice: '20000000000' // default gas price in wei, 20 gwei in this case

Example: Get Token Balance:

    //the result holds your Token Balance that you can assign to a var
    var myTokenBalance = result;
    return result;
  • Where {abi} is the ABI Interface of your Contract 0x123.....
  • Where 0x123.... is the address of your Contract.
  • Where 0x456.... is the address of your Ethereum Account that holds the Tokens (i.e. the ETH account you wish to retrieve its Token Balance from)

Note: I am using the IPC Provider geth.ipc to interact with my node (as I am on the same PC, localhost, hence more save instead of using HTTP request).

  if (typeof web3 !== 'undefined') {
    web3 = new Web3(web3.currentProvider);
  } else {
    var net = require('net');
    var web3 = new Web3('/home/yourHomeFolder/.ethereum/geth.ipc', net);

That way you shouldn't get the error anymore

web3.eth.contract is not a function


Requires c capital of contract(Here: web3.eth.Contract), So it should be

var contractAbi = new web3.eth.Contract(abi)

look that is C and not c in: web3.eth.Contract


Installing web3 version 0.20.0 will resolve the issue. To install,

npm install ethereumjs-testrpc [email protected]

I have also answered it here

You just need to install a stable version of Web3:

npm install web3@^0.19.0 --save
  • I'm using this version itself and yet getting error: contract.deploy is not a function. Any ideas?
    – Ani
    Commented Nov 16, 2018 at 12:12

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