this very simple factory pattern is not working on rinkeby for some reason. Using truffle v3.4.5 and geth 1.7.3-stable. Here are the contracts:

pragma solidity ^0.4.11;

contract Factory {

  address[] public pizzas;

  function Factory() {
    // constructor

  function cookPizza() returns (address _pizza) {
    Pizza newPizza = new Pizza();
    return newPizza;

  function getPizzas() public constant returns (address[]) {
    return pizzas;

contract Pizza {
  function Pizza() {
    // constructor

When I deploy on ganache-cli and run:

truffle(development)> Factory.deployed().then(function(instance) { factory = instance})
truffle(development)> factory.cookPizza()
truffle(development)> factory.getPizzas()
[ '0xc4f8cf2d5a37e74981fffdab1b2108931822359a' ]

It creates a new address, appends and getPizzas shows me the addresses. When I deploy on rinkeby with the following:

Running migration: 1_initial_migration.js
  Deploying Migrations...
  Migrations: 0x42e40188763019dd09a6166b76805d329bd71111
Saving successful migration to network...
Saving artifacts...
Running migration: 2_deploy_contracts.js
  Deploying Factory...
  Factory: 0xb9d60d9ddf16e3af3bce774a1e9286ecf5614166
Saving successful migration to network...
Saving artifacts...

In the console:

> sender = eth.accounts[0]
> abi = "abi"
> contract = eth.contract(abi)
> factory = contract.at("0xb9d60d9ddf16e3af3bce774a1e9286ecf5614166")
> factory.cookPizza({from:sender})
> factory.getPizzas()

Nothing. What could be causing this?

  • Is your contract abi equal to "abi" or you did this just to simplify? Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 11:11
  • It's simplified :) Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 11:11
  • how did you start your console? Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 11:17
  • geth attach ipc:/Users/mokn1/Library/Ethereum/rinkeby/geth.ipc Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 11:18
  • and how did you start your rinkeby node? are you using light version? If yes, it is not sync the states Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 12:15

1 Answer 1


I checked your transaction and it failed. https://rinkeby.etherscan.io/tx/0xf0ce6f4c0a9665f593d3d837eca4977b85d011dcb3620bf3a2428d25225db967

That´s why getPizzas() is returning an empty array.

Add funds to account[0] and unlock it and try again. It should work.

  • My account has 23 eth rinkeby.etherscan.io/address/…. Are you able to interact with the contract? Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 12:22
  • Yes. I tried Remix and it worked. My local Rinkeby node is not sync and I will have to wait until I can use geth console to interact with your contract. Did you unlock your account before calling cookPizza()? Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 12:25
  • Yes, it's unlocked. The tx goes through but is failing. Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 12:29
  • my last suggestion would be increase gas. factory.cookPizza({from:sender , gas: 3000000 }) Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 12:37
  • That worked! I had the default gas at 2000000.. should have been enough? Commented Nov 24, 2017 at 12:42

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