Goal: I want to print logs of the smart contract, like I do on web3.js, using web3.py.

On web3.js side, following code piece works:

var event = myContract.LogJob({}, {fromBlock:0, toBlock:'latest'});
event.watch(function(error, result) {

But on the web3.py side following line returns: [].

=> On my smart contract I did not use the emit keyword before (event Deposit(...)), could it be the reason?

Example Small Contract Piece:

pragma solidity ^0.4.20; 

contract Contract {

  function deposit(bytes32 _id) payable {
  event LogJob(address indexed _from);


web3.py call:

#!/usr/bin/env python -W ignore::DeprecationWarning

from __future__ import print_function
import os, sys
from web3 import Web3
import json
from web3.providers.rpc import HTTPProvider


web3 = Web3(HTTPProvider('http://localhost:8545'))

fileAddr = open("address.json", "r")
contractAddress = fileAddr.read().replace("\n", "")

with open('abi.json', 'r') as abi_definition:
    abi = json.load(abi_definition)

Contract = web3.eth.contract(contractAddress, abi=abi);

transfer_filter = Contract.on('LogJob', {'filter': {'clusterAddr': clusterAddress}})


Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "getClusterInfo.py", line 54, in <module>
    transfer_filter = Contract.on('LogJob', {'filter': {'clusterAddr': clusterAddress}})
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/web3/utils/decorators.py", line 13, in _wrapper
    return self.method(obj, *args, **kwargs)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/web3/contract.py", line 345, in on
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/web3/contract.py", line 647, in _find_matching_event_abi
    raise ValueError("No matching functions found")
ValueError: No matching functions found

=> On web3.py can we also filer events from specific blockNumber?

  • Could you update your question with some more info: Which version of web3.py are you on? (looks like v3) Would you add the code where you initialize the myContract instance?
    – carver
    Mar 23, 2018 at 16:09
  • You could try using ConciseContract -> Contract = web3.eth.contract(contractAddress, abi=abi,ContractFactoryClass=ConciseContract) as per this.
    – Lee
    Mar 28, 2018 at 15:54
  • It gives following output: NameError: name 'ConciseContract' is not defined
    – alper
    Mar 28, 2018 at 15:56
  • On re-reading - the answer suggests removing ` ConciseContract ` anyway...
    – Lee
    Mar 28, 2018 at 16:29
  • 1
    I'm out of ideas right now... perhaps @carver will see the update...
    – Lee
    Mar 28, 2018 at 16:34

1 Answer 1


This has been working for me (web3.py 4.0.0b11):

my_filter = contract.eventFilter('LogJob',{'fromBlock':0,'toBlock':'latest'})




After deploying contract like this:

contract = w3.eth.contract(abi=data,bytecode=bc)
tx_hash = contract.deploy(transaction={'from': w3.eth.accounts[0], 'gas': 10000000})
tx_receipt = w3.eth.getTransactionReceipt(tx_hash)
contract_address = tx_receipt['contractAddress']
contract_instance = w3.eth.contract(address=contract_address, abi=abi, ContractFactoryClass=ConciseContract)

Note, I do have the emit keyword in the contract so haven't checked that...

It could matter if you've used ConciseContract -> https://ethereum.stackexchange.com/a/31584/820

See the docs: http://web3py.readthedocs.io/en/latest/contracts.html#web3.contract.Contract.eventFilter

Also Web3.py EventFilter.get_new_entries() always empty

  • Its interesting that Events successfully show up on the web3.js side. I will try with emit keyword and see does it change anything. @atomh33ls
    – alper
    Mar 23, 2018 at 11:39
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    @Alper perhaps you could show how you created the myContract object?
    – Lee
    Mar 23, 2018 at 13:20
  • myContract was just example that has the event section on my code. I used remix.solidity in order to deploy my contract. @atomh33ls
    – alper
    Mar 23, 2018 at 13:23
  • @Alper what do you get with print(myContract)'? I get <class 'web3.utils.datatypes.Contract'>
    – Lee
    Mar 23, 2018 at 13:25
  • 1
    @Alper Looks like there might have been an update to the filter mechanism in v4, so that might be why my answer didn't work for you...
    – Lee
    Mar 28, 2018 at 15:45

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