I am trying to follow this flow to access a contract that has been mined previously:

var MyContract = new web3.eth.Contract(abiJSON);

// instantiate by address
var contractInstance = MyContract.at(address);

Unfortunatly the contractInstance does not work and I get a contract.at is not a function error. I suspect it has something to do with web3js newest version but I am not sure what to use instead.

I have just tried:

var deployed = new web3.eth.Contract(jsonAbi, address)

But then when I try to call my public function on the contract I get an error:

TypeError: Cannot read property 'call' of undefined

If I look into deployed every thing from the abi to the address is there, so it seems like the fetching of the contract actually worked.


2 Answers 2


at method is deprecated since web3.js v1.0.x.

Instead you can use this format:

var myContract = new web3.eth.Contract(abiInterface, contractAddress);

Given a deployed contract at address, with ABI defined as abiJSON, using [email protected], the corresponding code for calling a function specified in that contract is as follows:

Instancing MyContract as originally mentioned is correct. However, setting the contract address has changed in Web3 1.0 [1]: var MyContract = new web3.eth.Contract(abiJSON); MyContract.options.address = address;

Alternatively, setting the address during creation is also valid, as correctly done in the provided code: var deployed = new web3.eth.Contract(abiJSON, address);

Other than the at() function not being available, the function call has also changed in Web3 1.0 to the following [2]: MyContract.methods.myPublicFunction(<parameters>).call(<callback>);

Example using the callback: MyContract.methods.myPublicFunction().call(function(error, result){ console.error(error); console.log(result);

It is also possible to use the returned Promise a way to read back the results.

[1] https://web3js.readthedocs.io/en/1.0/web3-eth-contract.html#options-address
[2] https://web3js.readthedocs.io/en/1.0/web3-eth-contract.html#methods-mymethod-call

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