Sorry for noob question. I installed web3 (npm install web3),

but for some reason instead of calling web3 methods or showing object data, nodejs displays object structure:

> web3.eth.accounts
Accounts {
  currentProvider: [Getter/Setter],
   RequestManager {
      HttpProvider {

when I connect to geth via geth attach, web3 embedded into geth works correctly

I am trying to use web3 from inside docker, Dockerfile is below:

FROM node:carbon

# Create app directory
WORKDIR /usr/src/app

# Install app dependencies
# A wildcard is used to ensure both package.json AND package-lock.json are copied
# where available (npm@5+)
COPY package*.json ./

RUN apt-get -y update && \
    apt-get -y install vim

RUN npm install

RUN npm install express

RUN npm install nodemon -g

RUN npm install hashmap && \
    npm install body-parser -g

# If you are building your code for production
# RUN npm install --only=production

# Bundle app source
COPY . .

CMD [ "nodemon", "start" ]
  • I can't tell without seeing your package.json, but I'm guessing you're using web3.js 1.0.0-beta in your docker instance, while geth uses web3.js 0.2x.x. web3.eth.getAccounts() probably does what you want.
    – user19510
    Feb 23, 2018 at 22:47
  • Web3.js methods return promises(in the new 1.0.0 beta), they are not the same as web3 api inside geth. Check the web3.js docs for examples
    – jeff
    Feb 23, 2018 at 22:48
  • yeah, package.json states that web3 is 1.0.0-beta.30: { "name": "ess_emulator", "version": "1.0.0", "description": "Node.js on Docker", "author": "Oleg Levchenko <[email protected]>", "main": "server.js", "scripts": { "start": "node server.js" }, "dependencies": { "body-parser": "^1.0.2", "express": "^4.16.2", "hashmap": "^2.3.0", "web3": "^1.0.0-beta.30" } }
    – Oleg
    Feb 23, 2018 at 23:15

2 Answers 2


The code below worked for me:

> web3.eth.getAccounts().then(console.log)

As per documentation: https://web3js.readthedocs.io/en/1.0/web3-eth.html#getaccounts


Try add await keyword on your code. Like:

await web3.eth.accounts

You are adding this, because: web3 returns a Promise. You can search what is promises in javascript.

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