The following code in truffle (v4.0-beta) is failing:

.then(() => web3.eth.sendTransaction(
        {from: accounts[0], to: swt.address, value: 1e10}))

Error: Synchronous requests are not supported.

Is there a way to send ETH using asynchronous transaction?

2 Answers 2


This is not a truffle issue. This is related to web3. web3 doesn't support synchronous request. You can use sendTransaction function implementing callback.

web3.eth.sendTransaction({from: accounts[0], to: swt.address, value: 1e10},function(err,txHash){
        console.log("Could not send transaction");
        console.log("Transaction send successfully. Transaction Hash:",txHash );

Truffle 4 in it's test framework requires that all functions are Promise. web3.eth functions are synchronous. So, to use them in the Truffle framework we need to wrap them:

// wraps web3 sync/callback function into a Promise
function web3AsynWrapper (web3Fun) {
  return function (arg) {
    return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
      web3Fun(arg, (e, data) => e ? reject(e) : resolve(data))

exports.sendTransaction = web3AsynWrapper(web3.eth.sendTransaction)
exports.getBalance = web3AsynWrapper(web3.eth.getBalance)

The same issue exists when you are connecting using the IPC provider: Synchronous requests are not supported by the IPC provider

  • do you know if there is a web3 lib already fully wrapped like this? Wondering why this is not per default already the case.
    – n1cK
    Oct 6, 2017 at 12:13
  • Yes, web3 v1.0. It is out but still in beta. It comes with other goodies as well: Wallet management, transaction signature, gas analysis... Oct 9, 2017 at 8:37

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