this is very basic but i just want to test the transfer function. I load the contract with the constructor with 1 eth, then when i click the transfer function 0 wei is transferred. I understand this contract isn't very secure or good. But I just want to get this simple transfer out to an address to demonstrate what can be done.

My below code is as follows:

pragma solidity ^0.4.20;

contract Escrow {

    address public a;
    address public b;
    uint balance;

    constructor() public payable {
        a = msg.sender;
        b = 0x14723a09acff6d2a60dcdf7aa4aff308fddc160c;
        balance = address(this).balance;


    function payoutToSeller() payable public returns(bool) {
        if (msg.sender == a) {

     function getData() public constant returns (uint) {
         return balance;

  • you got an issue or what? I just tried it on remix and it works well, remember to send the eth when you create the instance of the contract
    – qbsp
    Apr 24, 2018 at 12:23
  • it's not transferring any wei in the contract, the recipient does not receive anything. Apr 24, 2018 at 12:24
  • 1
    because when you create the instance you have to set the value since the constructor is payable. If not the default would be 0.
    – qbsp
    Apr 24, 2018 at 12:27

1 Answer 1


It works well, the balance of the contract is transfered.

Your logical mistake is that you don't update the balance after transfering, so it should be

    if (msg.sender == a) {
        balance = 0;

You were probably calling payoutToSeller then checking the balance with getData to see if it was zero.

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