I am using web3 version 1.0 version 26, however I can't receive any events from ganache-cli and testrpc.

  this.Contract.events.Created({},{ fromBlock: 0, toBlock: 'latest' }, function(error, event){ console.log(event); })
                        .on('data', function(event){

this is my provider connection

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

is httpprovider not working for the watch events? do I have to use ws provider?

  • The HttpProvider should work fine (and does, in my experience). Can you share the rest of the code (e g. where you define this.Contract and where you generate the events)?
    – user19510
    Commented Jan 1, 2018 at 11:00
  • i have another question posted here, ethereum.stackexchange.com/questions/31747/…, you can check this.
    – user824624
    Commented Jan 1, 2018 at 11:02
  • Sorry, I haven't used version 1.0.0 yet, and I was wrong. You do indeed need to use the WebsocketProvider. See my answer.
    – user19510
    Commented Jan 1, 2018 at 11:23

3 Answers 3


You're correct that the HttpProvider doesn't support subscribing to events in web3.js 1.0.0. From https://web3js.readthedocs.io/en/1.0/web3.html#value:

Object - HttpProvider: The HTTP provider is deprecated, as it won’t work for subscriptions.

You will indeed need to use the WebsocketProvider (or IpcProvider for local nodes).

  • can ganache-cli or testrpc support ws right now or any other ways to start a testnet supporting ws
    – user824624
    Commented Jan 1, 2018 at 11:25
  • No, as far as I can tell, ganache doesn't support websocket connections yet. See, e.g., github.com/trufflesuite/ganache-cli/issues/369.
    – user19510
    Commented Jan 1, 2018 at 11:29
  • But yes, geth supports it, so you should be able to spin up a test network that way. (I've never done this myself.) Or you could use an existing test network like Ropsten or Rinkeby.
    – user19510
    Commented Jan 1, 2018 at 11:30

I can confirm websocket connections are supported by Ganache. I used

  web3 = new Web3()
  const eventProvider = new Web3.providers.WebsocketProvider('ws://localhost:7545')
  • How did you do this in the truffle console? It won't let me import Web3
    – Andrew
    Commented Feb 5, 2020 at 18:07
  • Do it in javascript code Commented Jun 24, 2020 at 16:43

Subscriptions are currently also supported through the websocket API of Infura:

const RINKEBY_WSS = "wss://rinkeby.infura.io/ws";
var provider = new Web3.providers.WebsocketProvider(RINKEBY_WSS);
var web3 = new Web3(provider);
var name = 'newBlockHeaders'; // e.g.

web3.eth.subscribe(name, (error, result) => {
        if(!error) {
        } else {
            console.log('Error:', error);          
    }).on("data", function (transaction) {

See here for the documentation.

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