Is it possible to find out in which block a contract was created using web3?

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If you have the transaction hash that created the contract, do a web3.eth.getTransactionReceipt(*hash*). The resulting object will contain a blockNumber.

You can make sure that this is the creation hash by checking whether contractAddress in the object is populated with your contract's address (to should be empty).

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    What if you don't have the txhash?
    – 0xcaff
    Aug 14, 2017 at 6:07
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    is this on the public chain?
    – Joël
    Aug 14, 2017 at 6:07
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    Yes. I know I can look on a site etherscan to find this information, but I want to do it programatically.
    – 0xcaff
    Aug 14, 2017 at 6:09
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    What if I'm analyzing contracts I didn't deploy? How does etherscan do it?
    – 0xcaff
    Aug 14, 2017 at 6:13
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    I meant contracts which were deployed by other parties.
    – 0xcaff
    Aug 14, 2017 at 6:14

This is not using web3, but I found it pretty easy to find the block id in a bigquery Public dataset by running this:

SELECT block_number FROM `bigquery-public-data.ethereum_blockchain.contracts` WHERE address = CONTRACT_ADDRESS


You can binary search on all blocks for existence of w3.eth.get_code. Given that at the time of this answer the ethereum chain is on block 15581647, it'll take about log2(15581647) = 24 calls to chain node to get to the creation transaction for that contract. The blockNumber field of that transaction will give you the block in which that contract was created.

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