I'm trying to transfer an ERC20 token from account A to account B. Account A deployed the contract and owns all tokens.

Looks like I'm missing something very obvious.

Every time I try to transfer tokens from one account to another, I get a error. Here is an example of erroneous transaction.

Addresses in question:

I'm doing the following (the code is in Ruby, but should be self-explanatory):

require 'ethereum'

value = 14

account_a_address = "0xd8e05701eFf33acfDA0A8e24C04070347703c72C"
account_b_address = "0x3A70Ceac36c8111a95b573d76aD75B7ba898662b"
contract_address = "0x1caf5380b7adc2e4e93c2828f895693ff38c3947"

Ethereum::Singleton.setup do |c|
  c.default_account = account_a_address

  file: "/Users/gmile/projects/ico-scripts/contracts/02-14-2018-1518620826/contract_text.sol",
  address: contract_address

contract = EugeneToken.new
tx = contract.transact.transfer(account_b_address, value * 1_000_000_00)

puts tx.id

For some reason the transaction is qualified as Contract Creation. Why?

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I double-checked with the documentation for ethereum.rb Ruby gem. The readme states that I can use the contract from blockchain by specifying an address of the contract deployed, as well a path to .sol file as parameters to Ethereum::Contract.create() call.

  • Seems to be like contract creation is failed Feb 15, 2018 at 14:32
  • @Jitendra Kumar. Balla but I don't intend to create a new contract. I'm trying to use existing contract, deployed on the network, as a basis for my transaction. Looks like I'm missing something obvious. Feb 15, 2018 at 14:33
  • Your contract is invalid. Valid contract has contract code. Your contract doesn't have bytecode. So EVM will treat as a invalid contract. Check your rb file. Feb 15, 2018 at 14:36
  • But it is valid, isn't it? ropsten.etherscan.io/address/… Or do you mean the contract logic is somehow malformed? Feb 15, 2018 at 14:48

1 Answer 1


Figured this out.

The problem was that I had multiple contracts in the .sol file, where the actual main contract was being assembled (inherited?) from several smaller ones. This tutorial1_contract.sol file served as a template from which I made my own contract.

To fix this, I specified the contract_index to the Ethereum::Contract.create() call:

  file: "/Users/gmile/projects/ico-scripts/contracts/02-14-2018-1518620826/contract_text.sol",
  address: contract_address,
  contract_index: 2
  • Please accept your own answer :-) (There might be an imposed delay of 48 hours, in which case, come back then and do so... ) Feb 15, 2018 at 16:45
  • @RichardHorrocks will do Feb 15, 2018 at 17:22

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