I'm using etherscan API to fetch the event logs:


The result is a Object with hexadecimal values:

  "status": "1",
  "message": "OK",
  "result": [
      "address": "0x8685ab734df053d736164f5c07e22335ba7dda29",
      "topics": [
      "data": "0x0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001000000000000000000000000b579d4f1546d51980499aa96a2e411be3e449197000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000016345785d8a00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001",
      "blockNumber": "0x30054a",
      "timeStamp": "0x5ae8016c",
      "gasPrice": "0x12a05f200",
      "gasUsed": "0x23aea",
      "logIndex": "0x8",
      "transactionHash": "0xb010aa74f66b00a9827044a3bfe4720bb1e057f243e5cae52307bafe2c2bb5d8",
      "transactionIndex": "0xf"

I'm calling API from my NodeJS server and tried web3.toAscii(), ethjs.toAscii() and ethjs.toUtf8() to convert the hexadecimals values into readable format- none of them working.

Only thing I can convert is hexadecimal numbers into readable numbers like blocknumber using parseInt()

Here's a basic structure of my contract code:

contract EtherBlock {
    uint256 public nonce;
    event eOpenPosition(uint256 indexed PositionKey, address indexed Opener, uint256 EtherTossed, uint8 OddEven);
    function OpenPosition (uint8 OddEven) public {
        emit eOpenPosition(nonce, msg.sender, msg.value, OddEven);

Where am I lacking? How can I convert the event data logs into readable format? What is the 'decode' function in Javascript?

2 Answers 2


Try this:

let EVENT = [
    {name: "PositionKey", size: 256, indexed: true },
    {name: "Opener"     , size: 160, indexed: true },
    {name: "EtherTossed", size: 256, indexed: false},
    {name: "OddEven"    , size:   8, indexed: false},

function decode(data) {
    let event = {};
    let index = "0x".length;
    for (let i = 0; i < EVENT.length; i++) {
        if (!EVENT[i].indexed) {
            let name = EVENT[i].name;
            let size = Math.floor(EVENT[i].size / 4);
            event[name] = web3.toBigNumber("0x" + data.substr(index, size));
            index += size;
    return event;
  • I decoded the "data" field hex and the result and it returned a very long number. How can I read the event log data from that number? May 2, 2018 at 8:28
  • @SowmayJain: You should split it into parts, according to the parameters that you pass in your event. I have a 'decode' function in Javascript if you're interested, but you'll have to rephrase the question, so that it would make an appropriate answer. May 2, 2018 at 8:30
  • Question modified. So how can I decode that long decimal number? May 2, 2018 at 8:48
  • @SowmayJain: Please provide your Solidity code, or at least the structure of the event that you emit in your contract. May 2, 2018 at 8:53
  • The question is updated with the basic code. Thanks :) May 2, 2018 at 9:20

You should use web3.toDecimal(hexString)

Hope this help.

  • I decoded the "data" field hex and the result is: 1.552518092300709e+231. How can I get the event logs in readable format? May 2, 2018 at 8:23
  • you need to clarify what you data variable represent. it is indeed a large number just by looking the hexadecimal representation, what do you expect to see?
    – Jaime
    May 2, 2018 at 8:38
  • I'm expecting to see the parameters in the event emitted by smart contract. How can I achieve it? May 2, 2018 at 8:47
  • you need to show your code and the definition of the event that produce this data
    – Jaime
    May 2, 2018 at 9:00
  • The question is updated with the basic code. Thanks Jaime. May 2, 2018 at 9:20

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