I'm using the truffle console to test my contract, but I'm having a trouble passing an argument. For example, I have a method like this

function sendEtherTo(address addr) public payable {
   require(addr != 0x0);
   require(msg.value > 0);

I'm trying to use sendTransaction but can't figure out how to pass in the argument.


 web3.eth.sendTransaction({from: web3.eth.accounts[1], to: myContract.address, data: myContract.sendEtherTo.sendTransaction(web3.eth.accounts[2]), value: web3.toWei(10, "finney")})

Results in my testrpc crashing with an error in truffle saying

Error: Invalid JSON RPC response: undefined

I've tried the following which I've done in web3 successfully

web3.eth.sendTransaction({from: web3.eth.accounts[1], to: myContract.address, data: myContract['sendEtherTo'].getData(web3.eth.accounts[2]), value: web3.toWei(10, "finney")})

but this tells me that getData is undefined

  • How do you create myContract? If you call myContract.sendEtherTo() directly does it work?
    – Ismael
    Commented Mar 17, 2018 at 15:27
  • AFAIK sendTransaction can't invoke a method, it can invoke a contract. Then this contract may send message (i.e. call a method) to another contract,
    – Nulik
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 1:57
  • @Nulik You are wrong. To use sendTransaction you need to encode the function call inside the data field.
    – Ismael
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 2:56

1 Answer 1


Truffle wraps contracts with a custom object that doesn't provide getData, but we can use the request method to obtain the parameters for sendTransaction.

const MyContract = artifacts.require('MyContract');

contract('MyContract', function(accounts) {
  it('Call with sendTransaction', async () => {
    const myContract = await MyContract.deployed();

    // We want to call foo(23) on myContract
    const data = myContract.foo.request(23);

    // Here data.params[0].data contains the parameters to the call

    const txhash = web3.eth.sendTransaction({ 
      from: accounts[0], 
      to: myContract.address, 
      value: 1, 
      data: data.params[0].data
  • Thanks, I'll try this out tonight to see how it works. What's the JS framework this example is using? I've been out of the loop in the JS world for a while
    – Chris
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 15:32
  • This is a unit test for Truffle.
    – Ismael
    Commented Mar 19, 2018 at 17:36

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