var myContract = web3.eth.contract(abi);
var address = contract address;
var contract_data = myContract.at(address);
var sender = '0xd3aaa525c087978133abb517593ea334f16abd1f';
var receiver = '0xff2b56315dc5372b45dfa3773c4cfd64f70c8e9c';
//transfer is the function in the contract to transfer money from wallet A to B
var getData = contract_data.transfer.getData(receiver,amount);
web3.eth.sendTransaction({to:receiver, from:sender, data: getData});

Source: How to call my contract's function using sendTransaction

When I am tracking the balance, it turns out that only gas price is being deducted from wallet A and nothing else ? But when I use metamask UI to do the transactions, balances are updated successfully. I believe, there is some flaw with the way I am using this api, it'd be really great if anyone could share their experience.


You need to pass value in Wei form to sendTransaction method:

web3.sendTransaction({to:receiver, from:sender, value:web3.toWei("0.5", "ether")})

sender account should be unlocked for this to succeed.


to send tokens you need to call


or something among those lines. You don't need to use web3.eth.sendTransaction

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  • value is used to send ethers. But I guess OP is asking for transferring tokens (maybe erc-20). – Prashant Prabhakar Singh Dec 10 '17 at 6:40
  • I'm guessing he wants to send ethers because he is wondering why only gas is deducted – Daniel Gretzke Dec 10 '17 at 12:17
  • Hey, Thanks a lot. Yes, I intend to transfer tokens. And I need to use the transfer function of my contract to do that. – Anshul Basia Dec 10 '17 at 17:31
  • I updated my solution to send tokens – Daniel Gretzke Dec 10 '17 at 19:55
  • You're missing web3.eth.sendTransaction – Nik Loladze Oct 14 at 5:07
//set web3 variable
const web3 = new Web3(window.ethereum);

//get all the accounts
const accounts = await web3.eth.getAccounts();

//if you're using react
this.setState({web3, accounts});

//send the tx using react
this.state.web3.eth.sendTransaction({to: contractAddress, from: this.state.accounts[0], value: ETHamount});

or if you're not using react

web3.eth.sendTransaction({to: address, from: address, value: inWei});

A conversion of wei to eth can be found here. Information on web3 variable setting (it uses infura usually as the endpoint [aka the provider]) can be found here.

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